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  • Safety in PhlebotomySafety in Phlebotomy
  • Safety Hazards & ActionsSafety Hazards & Actions • Biologic – Source: Infectious Agents – Possible Injuries: Infections – Actions: • Handwashing! • Universal/Standard Precautions • Personal Protective Equipment • Isolation Procedures
  • Types of Safety HazardsTypes of Safety Hazards • Sharp – Source: Needles, Lancets & broken glass – Possible Injuries: Cuts, punctures = exposure to bloodborne pathogens – Actions • Never manually re cap a needleNever manually re cap a needle • Dispose in sharps conveniently located Sharps container immediately (never leave lying anywhere)immediately (never leave lying anywhere) • Sharps containers not overfilled • Sharps containers should be labeled with biohazard labels
  • Types of Safety HazardsTypes of Safety Hazards • Chemical – Source: Preservatives & reagents – Possible Injuries: Exposure to toxic, carcinogenic or caustic agents (burns) – Actions • Avoid getting on your body, clothing or work area – Skin contact – flush with large amounts of water • Assume all are hazardous • Never mix! • Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS)(MSDS) – Contains info on characteristics, hazards, routes or entry to the body, exposure limits, precautions for safe handling, and spill/cleanup and emergency first aid information
  • Types of Safety HazardsTypes of Safety Hazards • Radioactive – Source: Equipment & radioisotopes (release radiation as it breaks down) • Radioisotopes injected in some patients are treatment; patient and all blood and body fluids radioactive – Possible Injuries: Radiation exposure – Actions • Working in area; required to wear exposure devices • Radioactive Hazard Symbol – look for and treat appropriately
  • Types of Safety HazardsTypes of Safety Hazards • Electrical – Source: Ungrounded/wet equipment; frayed cords – Possible Injuries: Burns or shock – Actions • Report damaged cords or equipment
  • Types of Safety HazardsTypes of Safety Hazards • Fire/Explosive – Source: Heat source or chemical – Physical Injuries: Burns or dismemberment – Actions • RACE • PASS • Evacuation plans • Explosive chemicals
  • Types of Safety HazardsTypes of Safety Hazards • Physical – Source: Wet floors, heavy boxes, patients – Possible Injuries: Falls, sprains, strains,etc. – Actions • Wet Floors signs • Halls and Doorways free of clutter • Hall or tripping hazards • Closed-toed, supportive shoes • Body Mechanics