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Uniform Blood and Body Fluid Exposure Report
77 Hospitals, 1993-1995

Total Cases: 139

JOB CATEGORY
M.D. (attending/staff) 0 0%
M.D. (intern/resident/fellow) 0 0%
Medical student 0 0%
Nurse RN/LPN 0 0%
Nursing student 0 0%
Respiratory therapist 0 0%
Surgery attendant 0 0%
Other attendant 0 0%
Phlebotomist/venipuncture/I.V. team 0 0%
Clinical laboratory worker 0 0%
Technologist (non-lab) 139 100%
Dentist 0 0%
Dental hygienist 0 0%
Housekeeper/laundry worker 0 0%
Other 0 0%
( 0 missing)


PLACE OF OCCURRENCE
Where did the injury occur in the institution?
Patient room 21 15%
Outside patient room 1 1%
Emergency department 5 4%
Intensive/critical care unit 13 9%
Operating room 19 14%
Outpatient clinic/office 4 3%
Blood bank 1 1%
Venipuncture 0 0%
Dialysis facility 0 0%
Procedure room 58 42%
Clinical laboratories 3 2%
Autopsy/pathology 1 1%
Service/utility area 1 1%
Other 12 9%
( 0 missing)


SOURCE PATIENT
Was the source patient known?
Yes 133 96%
No 2 1%
Unknown 3 2%
N/A 1 1%
( 0 missing)


BODY FLUIDS
Which body fluids were involved in the exposure?
Blood or blood product 83 60%
Vomit 7 5%
CSF 0 0%
Peritoneal fluid 2 1%
Pleural fluid 2 1%
Amniotic fluid 0 0%
Urine 10 7%
Other 29 21%


EXPOSED PART
Was the exposed part:
Intact skin 62 45%
Non-intact skin 22 16%
Eye(s) 79 57%
Nose 10 7%
Mouth 17 12%
Other 5 4%


TYPE OF EXPOSURE
Did the blood or body fluid:
Touch unprotected skin 116 83%
Touch skin through gap between protective garments 17 12%
Soak through protective garment 2 1%
Soak through clothing 5 4%


PROTECTIVE ITEMS WORN
Which protective items were worn at the time of the exposure?
Single pair latex/vinyl gloves 71 51%
Double pair latex/vinyl gloves 17 12%
Goggles 4 3%
Eyeglasses 14 10%
Faceshield 7 5%
Surgical mask 24 17%
Surgical gown 21 15%
Plastic apron 1 1%
Lab coat, cloth 21 15%
Lab coat, other 1 1%
Other item 13 9%


RESULT
Was the exposure the result of:
Direct patient exposure 82 59%
Specimen container leaked/spilled 7 5%
Specimen container broke 1 1%
IV tubing/bag/pump leaked 7 5%
Other body fluid container spilled/leaked 10 7%
Touched contaminated equipment 4 3%
Touched contaimnated drapes/sheets, etc. 7 5%
Unknown 1 1%
Other 19 14%
( 1 missing)


TIME IN CONTACT
For how long was the blood or body fluid in contact with your skin or mucous membranes?
Less than 5 minutes 105 76%
5-14 minutes 25 18%
15 minutes - 1 hour 7 5%
More than 1 hour 1 1%
( 0 missing)


QUANTITY
Estimate the quantity of blood/body fluid that came in contact with your skin or mucous membranes:
Small amount (up to 5 cc) 130 94%
Moderate amount (5-50 cc) 6 4%
Large amount (more than 50 cc) 2 1%


BODY PART
Right hand, back 10
Right hand, front 8
Left hand, front 14
Left hand, back 4
Right arm 5
Left arm 4
Head 156
Chest 2
Back 1
Mid-body 1
Right leg 0
Left leg 2
Right foot 0
Left foot 0


OSHA
Is this incident OSHA reportable?
Yes 16 12%
No 100 72%
( 22 missing)


For those cases that are OSHA reportable:
Cumulative number of days away from work: 0
Cumulative number of days of restricted work activity: 0