Accidental Occupational Blood/Body Fluid Exposure
Exposure to blood borne viruses is an occupational hazard for health care workers. The main viruses are Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C and HIV.
- Treat any procedure where you may come into contact with blood or body fluids as high risk
- Use appropriate personal protective equipment eg; gloves. Any broken exposed skin must be protected with a waterproof dressing prior to going on duty
- Never re-sheath needles
- Ensure you are aware of your Hepatitis B immunity status
- For each placement, ensure you are are aware of where to seek advice after an exposure
First Aid - Immediate Action After an Incident
- Flush the wound under running water
- Encourage bleeding (do not suck the wound)
- Cover damaged area of skin with a waterproof dressing
- When on placement, report incident to the senior person on duty
- Report incident to the placement's Occupational Health provider for a risk assessment to be undertaken. Treatment or follow up bloods may be required.
- If it is outside of normal office hours, then go straight to the local Accident & Emergency department for a risk assessment to be undertaken
- Ensure an accident form is filled in. This should be the accident form which the placement would normally use
- Ensure you have reported the incident the same day or by the next working day if out of hours to UEA Occupational Health, as a follow up appointment will be required. Telephone us on 01603 529174.
Where to seek Occupational Health Assistance Immediately After an Exposure Incident
|Norfolk & Norwich Hospital||James Paget Hospital||Queen Elizabeth Hospital|
|Normal Hours||01603 287035||01493 452616||01553 613757|
|Nights & Weekends||A&E Dept||A&E Dept||A&E Dept|
At other hospitals, it is your responsibility to find out at the start of your placement what the local arrangements for accessing help are.