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Universal Precautions

What are Universal Precautions?. Usual and ordinary steps all school staff need to take in order to reduce their risk of infection from:Blood Borne Pathogens (Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, HIV)Infectious Organisms that cause illnessPlease refer to

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Universal Precautions

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    1. Universal Precautions In the School Setting Weld RE-1 Click Right Arrow below to advance to next slide

    2. What are Universal Precautions? Usual and ordinary steps all school staff need to take in order to reduce their risk of infection from: Blood Borne Pathogens (Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, HIV) Infectious Organisms that cause illness Please refer to handout

    3. Exposure occurs through contact with infected body fluids

    4. These Body Fluids Include: Blood Vomit Saliva Stool (feces) Urine Drainage from nose or sinuses Drainage from cuts, scrapes, wounds or sores Secretions from mucous membranes Sputum (mucus from lungs) Vaginal secretions Semen

    5. Protect Yourself Universally, treat every childs body fluid as if it were infected. Precaution Use foresight and plan ahead to avoid exposure

    6. Universal Precaution Steps Gloves (Personal Protective Equipment) Decontamination Hand Washing Waste Disposal

    7. Step 1: Gloves... Always wear gloves when Direct contact with body fluids is anticipated (nosebleeds, bleeding abrasions, etc.) Handling clothes soiled by urine, feces, vomit or blood Diapering children

    8. Step 1 Gloves One time use. If gloves not immediately available, use barrier such as paper towels. When removing, peel off hands and roll glove outside in. Discard gloves in lined trash container. Wash hands after removing gloves.

    9. Step 1: Gloves Gloves are provided in the infection control kits. Please ask Health Assistant at your school if you need more. Our gloves are Nitrile gloves which do not contain latex.

    10. Step 2: Decontamination Area must be cleaned with approved quaternary disinfectant Clorox wipes and Lysol type products will kill many infectious organisms but will not kill blood borne pathogens. Contact custodian for clean-up of blood or body fluid spills. Discard gloves and any contaminated materials in a lined trash container. Wash Hands.

    11. Step 3: Handwashing The MOST IMPORTANT STEP in Preventing the spread of disease! Use liquid soap and warm water. Wash vigorously for 10 15 seconds. Rinse under warm running water. Turn off faucet with paper towel.

    12. Step 4: Waste Disposal Bag and tie Place in second bag and tie again (double bag technique) Place all sharps (used needles) in sharps container. Wash hands after removing gloves.

    13. Accidental Exposure Alert your supervisor. Complete employee injury report. Follow-up with Districts Workers Comp medical provider for confidential evaluation.

    14. Have a Great School Year!

    16. Please open and read the Universal Precautions Handout. You may wish to print for future reference. Print and sign a hard copy of the Universal Precautions virtual workshop attendance form. Mail this form to Brenda Schmidt, RN at VHS. Call Brenda if you have any questions. Thank-you! Brenda Schmidt, RN, MS Weld-RE 1 District Nurse Office: 350-4284 Cell: 539-1894

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