For the caregiver, exposure to organisms in circuit condensate also poses infection risk. Follow infection-control precautions during any circuit change. Wash hands before and after manipulating the ventilator circuit, and wear a mask and gloves.
To avoid getting sprayed, break the circuit at a point that positions the tubing away from both the patient and caregiver. Drain the tubing into a suction canister and then place it in a red bag. Drained condensate should be considered contaminated and treated as hazardous.
Dispose of used equipment, supplies, fluids and biologic specimens properly to avoid transmitting germs by air or contact.
Before leaving the patient, check that all ventilator connections are reestablished and the ventilator controls are set properly. Be sure the patient has access to the call bell and that alarm systems are activated.