Healthcare centers try their hardest to avoid spreading bloodborne pathogens. Accidents still happen, unfortunately. Use the following tips from Kings Cleaning Solutions to keep your team safe.
What you should do if you have been exposed to bloodborne pathogens?
If you believe you have been exposed to bloodborne pathogens, you immediately have to act. Take these measures to keep yourself safe after exposure to a bloodborne pathogen:
Use the following guidelines to decide how you ought to clean the area, depending upon the way that you touched the bloodborne pathogen:
- If a used needle stick pierced you, wash your injuries, cuts, and surrounding skin vigorously using antimicrobial soap and water.
- If fluids or blood touched your skin yet a needle was not involved, clean the affected space using warm water.
- If bodily fluids or blood splashed around or in your eyes, irrigate using clean water, sterile irrigants, or saline for at least twenty minutes.
- If bodily fluids or blood have splashed around your nose or mouth, flush the space using water
Immediately inform your supervisor that you have touched a bloodborne pathogen. OSHA requires that all employers have a control plan for exposure to bloodborne pathogens set up with measures to follow if an accident comes up which may assist you in identifying extra precautions you should take. EMS (Emergency medical services) also must be alerted for thorough and efficient follow-up care.
Aftercare is offered to you, be sure that you document your incident. When you record what happened, make sure you include:
- The time
- The date
- Circumstances that surround the incident
- Details on the follow-up care you got after being exposed
Depending upon your workplace, your employer also may require extra information.
Take Bloodborne Pathogens Test
Bloodborne pathogens involve severe diseases such as hepatitis B, HIV, and hepatitis C, which may produce life-threatening symptoms if gone unchecked. Once you are exposed to any of those illnesses, it is important that you take the suitable bloodborne pathogens test to decide if your exposure resulted in the contraction of an illness.
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