Infection Control

To:              All Personnel
From:          Brigitte Heller, EMS Coordinator
Date:            February 27, 2007
Subject:       Exposures

It is the responsibility of every certified and licensed provider to document exposures on incidents. It is imperative that you document on the specific patients’ Patient Care Report (EMAIS). In the event you are exposed and require follow up. It is especially important that I get notified. Because there is no incident of apparent exposure listed I do not forward that information.  Every certified, licensed and non certified/licensed provider is required to complete their own Washington County EMS Infectious Disease Exposure Report (rev 12/06).


From the CDC:…..

Exposure: (exposure incident) Means another person's blood or other body fluids (potentially infectious materials), tissues or a laboratory substance being introduced into the body of individual by:

a) Percutaneous: penetrating the skin e.g., needle stick or otherwise non-intact, or intact skin when there is prolonged direct contact with large amounts of blood or other body fluids

b) Mucocutaneous: passing through a mucous membrane in the eye, nose or mouth

c) Airborne: inhalation of infected airborne droplets e.g., tuberculosis.

If I get blood on my clothes is it an exposure? 
No – if the blood does not penetrate the clothes and contact an open wound then it is not an exposure.

If I get blood on my bare arm is it an exposure?
If your skin is intact and you wash the body fluid off then this is not considered to be an exposure.  This is why you should carry the Alcare foam or something similar on your units.

Infection Control Policy for Washington County


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