Disposal of Body Fluids

Body Fluids Disposal

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Body fluids include any of the following:

·        Blood

·        Urine

·        Semen

·        Vaginal discharge

·        Vomit

·        Respiratory secretions such as nasal discharge

·        Saliva

Proper disposal of all of these body fluids is very important. Direct contact with these fluids should be avoided.

Hazards

Body fluids are a source of microorganisms (viruses, bacteria and fungi) that are contagious.

·        The major risk is of infection through hand-to-mouth /nose/eye contact.

·        Text Box: Image Text: Cleaning product Alt Text: Glove and cleaning detergentImage Description: Woman’s hand with glove and detergentS There is also a chance of infection due to broken skin (scratches or cuts).

·        Cleaning products can cause health effects such as dermatitis, irritation, and breathing problems.

Precautions

All body fluids are considered potentially infectious and some contact precautions should be observed to prevent the spread of infections and disease. The following are a few precautions anyone should take when it comes to body fluids disposal.

·        It is necessary to wear protective gloves if direct contact with body wastes and fluids is expected, such as treating a bloody nose, handling incontinently soiled clothes, and cleaning small spills.

·        Do not dispose of body fluids in regular trash as they can be infectious and contribute to the spread of disease to anyone handling the garbage.

·        Thorough cleaning of any surface or area where body fluids have been spilt is important for infection control.

·        Gloves that are soiled by contact with body fluids or by washing soiled objects and surfaces should be removed immediately and put in a plastic bag or lined trash can, sealed, and disposed of.

·        Any products that can be disposed of (such as paper towels and tissues) should be put in a lined trash can or a plastic bag, sealed, and disposed of.

·        Wash yourself before drinking or eating, and after touching any object or surface that could be contaminated.

·        Use mild skin cleansers and warm water for cleaning and soft paper, nailbrushes, fabric towels or hot air for drying. Avoid rough cleansers.

You should take heed of all of the above and be extremely careful when handling body fluids as improper handling can lead to seriously harmful diseases. It’s also possible that these body fluids (if not disposed of properly) can end up in your water system and infect you in worse ways.

 

Bio-one Duval County can help you when it comes to body fluids disposal. We are committed to returning your property to a safe and livable state. We offer comprehensive services, which include trauma and biohazard scenes such as suicide cleanup, blood spill cleanup, and decomposition cleanup. All these circumstances can lead to serious health problems if not dealt with properly. We realize the risks they pose so we provide professional, safe, and thorough services.

 

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