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Blood spills

  1. 1. Blood Spill Clea n- up Judy Robertson
  2. 2. Proper Cleaning ProceduresALWAYS wear gloves and other PPE (as needed): – Mask and/or Face shield – Disposable apron or other body covering – Shoe covers
  3. 3. Surface DisinfectantsThere are three kinds of disinfectantsthat should be used to clean up spills ofblood:– EPA registered “hospital disinfectant”chemical germicides (tuberculocidal claim)– EPA registered as effective against HIV– A fresh solution of 1:10 household bleach.
  4. 4. Cleaning Procedures steps Use only disposable towels, gloves, and materials to clean up blood because of the difficulties laundering and disinfecting reusable items. If a spill involved broken glassware, NEVER pick up the glass directly with your hands. Always use mechanical means such as tongs or brush and a dustpan.
  5. 5.  Isolate the area. Do not allow unauthorized persons to enter until the spill has been cleaned up. All surfaces to be cleaned must first be cleaned of all visible soil and blood before a disinfectant is applied. Carefully remove visible blood with disposable towels by putting them over the spill to absorb it (soak with disinfectant to for a while if needed).
  6. 6.  Ifthe blood spill has dried, soak the area, or scrub the area with disposable towels and disinfectant as needed. Place the towels in a plastic waste disposal bag that is either: – Red, or – Marked with the biohazard symbol.
  7. 7.  Aftercleaning up visible blood and soil, the area should be decontaminated a second time with an appropriate disinfectant used according to the manufacturer’s directions. The area can have a final rinse after disinfection, if needed.
  8. 8.  All clean up materials, including PPE, should be placed in the disposal bag and double-bagged. Remove gloves inside out and also place them in the disposal bag. For disposal, contact your supervisor.
  9. 9.  Blood on carpet or upholstery needs special attention. It is possible to clean carpet or upholstery when small spills of blood occur, but a professional cleaning service may be needed. Contact your supervisor for details and assistance.
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