Tips for First Aiders to Protect Themselves from Exposure to Bloodborne Pathogens

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Many people are concerned about the safety of their lives. They stay clear of anything that will expose them to bloodborne pathogens like HIV and hepatitis B. this is unlike first aiders and blood spill cleanup service providers. Their line of works brings them face to face with these life-threatening organisms. So if you are a first responder or works with a blood spill cleanup company, you should know how to protect yourself and your team from contracting harmful microorganisms. 

Guidelines to Follow

First aiders, crime scene cleaners, and biohazard experts take on one of the riskiest jobs in the world today. Their chances of contracting bloodborne pathogens are high given the high risk of exposure, but the key question is, how do you protect yourself against contracting these harmful organisms?

As a first responder, it is your responsibility to save the lives of victims. To stop a victim from bleeding to death, you need to apply direct hand pressure on the injured body part. If you fail to take precautionary measures, then the victim’s blood will eventually get on your skin. If the victim has some kind of bloodborne infection, the risk of getting infected doubles if you have a cut or open wound in your hand. To prevent any regrettable action in your line of work, take these steps

  • Treat all blood and bodily fluids as if they are contaminated with harmful organisms. Resist the urge to stop the victim from bleeding out using your bare hands. Do not go close to a contaminated site without your hand gloves. When handling blood and other infectious materials, use a pair of disposable gloves. This way, you can dispose of them once you are done with the victim. Only use gloves made of latex or vinyl materials. 
  • Do not hesitate to wash exposed skin areas with soap and warm water after administering treatment. Wash your hands thoroughly for at least 20 seconds.
  • Regardless of what situation you are faced with, do not be tempted to reuse disposable gloves. Dispose of them properly immediately after use. 
  • Cover any cut, wound, or sore before wearing your pair of gloves or other protective equipment. This extra layer of protection plays a key role in keeping you safe.
  • Dispose of items used for the treatment and other contaminated materials safely and carefully. To prevent the spread of any sort of infection, use advanced disinfectants to clean the spill area. 
  • Do not eat, drink or smoke at an accident scene. Also, a crime scene for instance is not a beauty spot for applying cosmetics. Your beauty isn’t all that matters now, your priority is to save lives and protect the general public from exposure to harmful microorganisms.  
  • Do not leave the scene with your contaminated clothes to avoid the spread of infection to other areas. Make sure you decontaminate them before leaving your home.

Do not go close to a victim without protecting yourself. You can control the risk of exposure to harmful viruses by taking every necessary precautionary measure and following these steps.