Blood Clean Up

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In this film, we are going to look at cleaning up a blood spill, but before we start, if there is ever a large amount to clean up from a difficult to clean surface, like carpets, it may be best to contact a commercial cleaning company.

The best practice is to plan in advance of a spill and document what processes are in place for that situation that may arise. When we are doing a cleanup, the first thing we need to do is isolate the area and then get your PPE and your clean up equipment ready. Get your gloves, apron, eye protection and mask. What you will need will vary depending on the nature of the spill. You may have a commercial spill kit available and always use disposable equipment. Soak up the excess blood with paper towels and carefully discard them into hazardous waste containers. Spill kits may have granular substances that can soak up the blood and then you scrape them up using a supplied scoop. If there is broken glass do not use your fingers to pick it up. Use a scoop, dustpan, or at worst, two pieces of cardboard.

Prepare the cleaning solution, which can be made up of a hypochlorite solution at a volume of 1%. Alternatively, there are many commercial substances available. Make sure they are suitable for the job. Spraying the substance into a cloth before applying it will reduce airborne particles. At the appropriate time, wipe the solution using disposable paper towels, rinse the area with hot water or detergent and dispose of the items that you use. At that point, leave the area to dry and dispose of your PPE where necessary, washing yourself thoroughly.

If you are cleaning up other bloody substances, make sure you use the appropriate solution. In this example, we are cleaning up a flat surface. If you need to clean carpet or other surfaces, the same process needs to be carried out, but additional cleaning or indeed commercial intervention may be needed. Consult your infection control manager on what processes you have in place in your workplace.

Finally, as we are using chemicals to clean up a blood spill, always follow the COSHH guidelines for these chemicals that you are using and read the instructions to ensure that you are using the products correctly.

Learning Outcomes:
  • IPOSi Unit one LO2.1, 2.2 & 2.3
  • IPOSi Unit one LO3.2