All medical personnel may encounter blood-born pathogens or other potentially infectious materials, and should observe the following precautions:,
a. Receive immunization against the hepatitis B virus prior to the event.
b. Recognize that blood and infectious body fluids may be encountered from needle sticks, cuts, abrasions, blisters, and clothing.
c. Reduce the likelihood of exposure by planning tasks carefully prohibiting recapping of needles by a two-handed technique, minimizing splashing and spraying.
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d. Wear personal protective equipment such as gloves, gowns, face shields, and eye protection. Remove this equipment and dispose/decontaminate it prior to leaving the work area.
e. Wash hands after removing gloves or other personal protective equipment.
f. Dispose of protective coverings, needles, scalpels, and other sharp objects in approved, labeled biohazard containers.
g. Do not eat, drink, smoke, handle contact lenses, or apply cosmetics/lip balm in the medical treatment area.
h. Decontaminate work surfaces, bins, pails, and cans solution of household bleach sodium hypochlorite in water] after completion of procedures.
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