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7 Steps to Controlling a Spill of Body Fluids or Blood

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A short time ago we wrote about the 5 must do’s of infection control, an article in which we discussed the prevention of the spread of infection by proactive methods such as cleaning, specimen handling, and practice policy and procedure.

We all know that prevention is better than cure, but there are always accidents and incidents which require quick, decisive and appropriate actions. These are the situations for which spill kits are designed.

Here is an example spill kit capable of dealing with a number of separate incidents:

Guest Medical Multi-Use Biohazard Spill Kit Medium

Alternatively, there are single use spill kits available:

Single Use Spill-Pak Biohazard (Blood) Spill Kit

The kit contains everything you need to safely deal with a spill - protective gloves, granules for absorbing the spill, disinfectant tablets, scoops and waste bags. It means that, in the event of a spill, you can deal with everything safely in one place rather than having to locate items individually.

While giving a tick for the presence of spill kits, best practice (and CQC) requires that their use is not only detailed within your policy and procedure documentation, but also understood by and tasked to every member of your staff.

Make spill treatment a fast practice

Any spill of body fluids – blood, urine, vomit, etc. - must be treated as potentially infectious. The speed with which they are dealt will help determine the risk they pose to staff and patients. The quicker and more efficiently they are dealt with, the lower the risk. 

Your spill kit should be kept in a clearly designated place that is easily accessible. For reasons of speed, larger practices may need several strategically placed spill kits enabling timely treatment of spills.

If a spill should occur, take these 7 steps:

   1. React immediately - make sure any spillages of blood or other bodily fluids are dealt with quickly

   2. Prevent access to the area

   3. Open windows to ventilate if necessary

   4. Wear protective clothing

   5. Soak up excess fluid

   6. Conduct a final clean of the area

   7. Replace a single use spill kit / check the level of a multi-use kit

Of course, your procedural documentation will advise appropriate methods for cleaning areas affected by spills in detail. Getting spill treatment right, and ensuring your people are well acquainted with the procedure, will help your practice to comply with best practice and CQC . More importantly, you’ll be guaranteeing the safety and health of your staff and patients.

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