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Infection control: The management of blood and body substance spills

CPD Hours

2.0

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Infection control and workplace health and safety

Overview

This module provides an overview of guidelines for the management of blood and body substance spills for nurses and midwives.

It is based on the 2019 Australian Guidelines for the Prevention and Control of Infection in Healthcare, from the National Health and Medical Research Council.

The information in this module is suitable for all nurses and midwives who may be exposed to blood and body substance spills in the healthcare environment that they work in.

All participants are encouraged to review their local protocols for managing blood and body substance spills.

Learning Objective

At the end of this module participants will be able to:

  • Identify examples of potentially infectious blood and/or body substances.
  • Explain the principles that apply to the management of a blood and/or body substance spill.
  • Describe the equipment required to clean up a blood and/or body substance spill, including personal protective equipment.
  • Discuss how to manage spills of different sizes, including spot, small, and large spills.
  • Outline the risk management process for blood and body substance spills.

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