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Emergency Response: Bloodborne Pathogens Spills

Emergency medical situations can occur any time and can impact anyone. In many cases, timing is absolutely crucial in saving lives.

The procedure below is an excerpt from our Emergency Response booklet which features advice for coping with just about any emergency situation. If you would like a copy of our flipbook, please visit csdpool.com/publications.

IF THERE IS POTENTIAL EXPOSURE TO ANOTHER PERSON’S BLOOD OR BODILY FLUIDS
NOTE: ONLY PERSONS TRAINED IN BLOODBORNE PATHOGENS SHOULD RESPOND

  1. Assume any blood or bodily fluid is infected with a contagious disease
  2. Wear personal protective equipment (PPE) such as gloves, goggles, face masks, etc.
  3. Thoroughly spray contaminated areas with disinfectant; If no specific cleanser is available, use a solution of 1:10 bleach and water
  4. Remove any non-sharp objects
  5. Remove any contaminated sharps (needles, broken glass, etc.) with a broom and dustpan (DO NOT USE YOUR HANDS)
  6. Clean the area again with cleansers and wipe up with paper towels
  7. Place all contaminated solids or cleanup materials in a red biohazard bag
  8. Clean and disinfect any tools, spray bottles or other non-disposable items used in the cleanupEmergency medical situations can occur any time and can impact anyone. In many cases, timing is absolutely crucial in saving lives.
  9. Wrap and tie the bags with biohazard tape
  10. Wash your hands and face immediately with soap

IF YOU WERE EXPOSED TO THE FLUIDS

  • Wash all exposed parts of your body
  • Seek medical assistance
  • Document the incident
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