Infection Control for Healthcare Level 2 (VTQ)

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Blood Clean Up

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Guidelines for Cleaning Blood Spills in Various Environments

This guide provides comprehensive steps for safely cleaning up blood spills, including best practices and recommended equipment.

Initial Considerations for Blood Spill Cleanup

Preparation and planning:

  • For large spills or difficult surfaces like carpets, consider hiring a commercial cleaning company.
  • Document processes in place for potential spill situations.

Isolating the Area and Preparing for Cleanup

Steps to take before starting the cleaning process:

  • Isolate the affected area.
  • Equip yourself with appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) including gloves, apron, eye protection, and mask.

Process of Cleaning a Blood Spill

Effective methods for blood spill cleanup:

  • Use disposable equipment and commercial spill kits if available.
  • Absorb excess blood with paper towels and dispose of them in hazardous waste containers.
  • Use granular substances from spill kits for absorption, if necessary.
  • For broken glass, employ a scoop, dustpan, or cardboard for safe removal.

Preparing and Applying Cleaning Solutions

Guidelines for using cleaning agents:

  • Prepare a hypochlorite solution at 1% volume or use suitable commercial cleaners.
  • Apply cleaning solution with a cloth to minimize airborne particles.
  • Rinse the area with hot water or detergent after wiping.

Post-Cleanup Procedures

Final steps and disposal:

  • Dispose of used materials and PPE appropriately.
  • Wash yourself thoroughly after the cleanup.

Special Considerations for Different Surfaces

Adapting the process for various materials:

  • Consult your infection control manager for specific guidelines in your workplace.
  • Consider additional cleaning or commercial assistance for carpets and other surfaces.

Compliance with COSHH Guidelines

Ensuring safe use of chemicals:

  • Always adhere to COSHH guidelines when using chemical cleaning agents.
  • Read and follow product instructions for correct application.

By following these steps, you can ensure safe and effective cleanup of blood spills in any setting.

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