Dealing with Body Fluids and Waste
Certain viruses, such as HIV and Hepatitis B, are transmuted via blood to blood contact, for example an infected person’s blood comes into contact with an open sore. When treating a casualty, always handle body fluids as hygienically as possible to keep the risk of cross-infection to a minimum.
How to avoid cross infection
There are several measures you can take to help to avoid cross-infection when dealing with body fluids. See the tips and guidelines below to help minimize the risk of infection when treating a casualty who is bleeding or when disposing of used dressing
Whenever possible, wash your hands thoroughly before and after treating a casualty. Make sure you
wash both the hack and front of your hands.
If available, wear disposable gloves whenever dealing with blood or applying or disposing of sterile dressings. Alternatively, cover your hands with clean plastic bags
Cover a wound with a dressing making sure that you do not touch the inside sterile pad of the dressing. If possible wear disposable gloves to apply dressing.
Have you seen those yellow plastic containers at medical facilities? They are for used needles, hypodermic syringes and any other sharp objects. The yellow containers are then collected by authorized waste collectors to be disposed of safely.
After treating a casualty get rid of used sterile dressing and waste products as soon as possible by placing them in a special marked, yellow bag. The bag should then be sealed and incinerated