Infection control - Blood and body fluid spills in the healthcare setting

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This module provides an overview of guidelines for the management of blood and body fluid spills in a healthcare environment. It is based on the 2010 National Health and Medical Research Council Australian Guidelines for the Prevention and Transmission of Infections in Healthcare.

The guidelines are current as at February 2019, however a revised edition was anticipated to be released November 2018 but to date still has not been released.  This module will be updated again following the publication of the revised guidelines.

This module is aimed at all those working in health who may be exposed to blood and body fluid spills.

It outlines the current guidelines for the management of blood and body fluid spills as part of infection prevention and control in any health care facility.

Following the completion of this module, we recommend that all those working in health to re-read their own facility’s infection control guidelines for specific protocols.

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At the end of this module participants will be able to:

  • Identify potentially infectious blood and/or body substances.
  • Understand the principles that apply to the management of a blood and/or body substance spill.
  • Know the equipment required to clean up a blood and/or body substance spill, including personal protective equipment.
  • Know how to manage spills of any size, including spot, small and large spills.
  • Understand the unique requirements for cleaning of spills in areas at high risk of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD).

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