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Blood Borne Infections

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The following should be considered to keep children safe from a blood related infection: 
  • Blood splattered on toys and equipment should be washed with soap and water.
  • Blood soaked sand should be discarded from the play area. Contaminated mop heads should be discarded rather than disinfected.
  • There is no reason for excluding children with blood borne pathogen infections who do not exhibit aggressive behavior and who do not have medical conditions facilitating transmission.
  • Asymptomatic workers who follow prevention and control practices and do not have weeping lesions may work with children.
  • Personal protective equipment must be available for use to protect personnel from exposure to blood and fluids capable of transmitting blood borne pathogens.

Precautions to prevent transmission of bloodborne diseases

  1. Wash your hands for thirty seconds after contact with blood or other body fluids contaminated with blood.
  2. Wear disposable gloves when you encounter large amounts of blood, especially if you have open cuts or chapped skin. Wash your hands as soon as you remove your gloves.
  3. Discard blood stained material in a sealed plastic bag and place in a lined, covered garbage container.
  4. Cover cuts or scratches with a bandage until healed.
  5. Use disposable absorbent material like paper towels to stop bleeding.
  6. Immediately clean up blood soiled surfaces and disinfect using an intermediate level disinfectant.
  7. Put blood-stained laundry in sealed plastic bags. Machine wash separately in hot soapy water.

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Anyone can carry diseases in their blood.

Treat everyone’s blood carefully.

Note the specific measurements of fluid used for rinsing blood off of surfaces.