Infection Control

Standard precautions means: Treating all blood, body fluids, mucous membranes, and non-intact skin as if it contains HIV, hepatitis B, or hepatitis C.

Germs may enter through: Cuts, punctures, broken skin, eyes, nose, throat and mucous membranes.

Use Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) such as:

  • Gowns
  • Mask
  • Eyewear
  • Gloves

Use these PPE's (and others) to prevent exposure from the splash of blood or body fluids to the face or body.

You can prevent the spread of infection by:

  • Washing your hands. It's the single most effective method to prevent the spread of infection
  • Using standard precautions: (PPE's, safety devices, safe work practices)

The time limit recommended for you to receive care should you have a needle stick/sharps injury:

  • As soon as possible is best because the Center for Disease Control has advised that prophylaxis within 2 hours of exposure decreases the chance of HIV conversion.

OSHA restricts food/drink consumption in the clinical/laboratory/research area because: 

  • This puts you at risk for cross-infection. It is for your protection.