Infection Control Measures

by : Franz

INFECTION CONTROL MEASURES

  • Universal precautions shall be observed to prevent contact with blood and other potentially infectious materials.
  • Universal Precautions means that all patient shall be assumed to be infectious with blood-borne pathogens

Infection Control Measures require that:

  1. Employees shall wash their hands immediately as soon as possible after removal of gloves or other personal protective equipment and after hand contact with blood or other potentially infectious materials.
  2. All protective equipments shall be remove immediately upon leaving the work are or as soon as possible if overtly contaminated and place in an appropriately designated area, or container for storage, washing, decontamination or disposal.
  3. Used needles and other sharps shall not be sheared, bent, broken, recapped, or re-sheathed by hands.
  4. Eating, drinking, smoking, applying cosmetics or lip balm or handling contact lenses are prohibited in work areas where there is potential for occupational exposure.
  5. Foods, drinks shall not be stored in refrigerators, freezers, or cabinets where blood or other potentially infectious materials are stored or in other areas of possible contamination.
  6. All procedures involving blood or other potentially infectious materials shall be performed in such so as to minimize splashing these substance.
  7. Mouth pipetting or suctioning is prohibited.

Suggested Control Measures for Primary Care Clinics

  1. Masking
  2. Hand washing
  3. Gloving
  4. Gowning
  5. Eye protection
  6. Environmental sanitation

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