It’s easy enough to determine the potential exposure in a healthcare or laboratory setting. While it’s unlikely that exposure to blood occurs regularly in a non-healthcare setting, there is still a potential for occupational exposure to bloodborne pathogens.
When visiting a healthcare facility one usually trusts the healthcare professionals to care for them to the best of their ability. You may not consider the fact that even though they are professionals, they still can make human mistakes. These mistakes, if not carefully monitored and fixed can lead to a severe risk of infection. Let’s take a look at some of the more common mistakes, and some ways to prevent them in the future.
Accidents happen. We all know that, but what we don’t know is if someone’s blood is infected with a dangerous disease. Diseased blood looks the same as healthy blood, which is why we need to be extra careful when it comes to handling it. There is no place that we can say accidents happen the most. Accidents happen in the office, at school, on an airplane, a cruise ship, etc., and you can never be over-prepared for a blood spill.
It is a perfectly normal day in the office. Everything seems to be going right. Orders are going out the door on time, there have been no customer complaints in a few weeks and the staff is looking forward to great weather this weekend.
In order to fully understand infection control, you must first understand which body fluids are actually infectious. What first pops into many peoples minds is blood. Of course blood can be infectious, but it does not stop there.