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

Total Cases: 63

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 63 100%
Other attendant 0 0%
Phlebotomist/venipuncture/I.V. team 0 0%
Clinical laboratory worker 0 0%
Technologist (non-lab) 0 0%
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 4 6%
Outside patient room 0 0%
Emergency department 0 0%
Intensive/critical care unit 0 0%
Operating room 51 81%
Outpatient clinic/office 1 2%
Blood bank 0 0%
Venipuncture 1 2%
Dialysis facility 0 0%
Procedure room 1 2%
Clinical laboratories 0 0%
Autopsy/pathology 0 0%
Service/utility area 0 0%
Other 4 6%
( 1 missing)


SOURCE PATIENT
Was the source patient known?
Yes 60 95%
No 1 2%
Unknown 2 3%
N/A 0 0%
( 0 missing)


BODY FLUIDS
Which body fluids were involved in the exposure?
Blood or blood product 54 86%
Vomit 0 0%
CSF 0 0%
Peritoneal fluid 2 3%
Pleural fluid 0 0%
Amniotic fluid 4 6%
Urine 0 0%
Other 9 14%


EXPOSED PART
Was the exposed part:
Intact skin 16 25%
Non-intact skin 11 17%
Eye(s) 42 67%
Nose 0 0%
Mouth 3 5%
Other 1 2%


TYPE OF EXPOSURE
Did the blood or body fluid:
Touch unprotected skin 40 63%
Touch skin through gap between protective garments 17 27%
Soak through protective garment 4 6%
Soak through clothing 2 3%


PROTECTIVE ITEMS WORN
Which protective items were worn at the time of the exposure?
Single pair latex/vinyl gloves 32 51%
Double pair latex/vinyl gloves 16 25%
Goggles 9 14%
Eyeglasses 16 25%
Faceshield 16 25%
Surgical mask 40 63%
Surgical gown 39 62%
Plastic apron 0 0%
Lab coat, cloth 2 3%
Lab coat, other 0 0%
Other item 3 5%


RESULT
Was the exposure the result of:
Direct patient exposure 33 52%
Specimen container leaked/spilled 0 0%
Specimen container broke 1 2%
IV tubing/bag/pump leaked 2 3%
Other body fluid container spilled/leaked 6 10%
Touched contaminated equipment 3 5%
Touched contaimnated drapes/sheets, etc. 0 0%
Unknown 1 2%
Other 14 22%
( 3 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 49 78%
5-14 minutes 8 13%
15 minutes - 1 hour 3 5%
More than 1 hour 2 3%
( 1 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) 50 79%
Moderate amount (5-50 cc) 11 17%
Large amount (more than 50 cc) 2 3%


BODY PART
Right hand, back 4
Right hand, front 8
Left hand, front 4
Left hand, back 1
Right arm 5
Left arm 0
Head 65
Chest 4
Back 0
Mid-body 2
Right leg 0
Left leg 1
Right foot 0
Left foot 1


OSHA
Is this incident OSHA reportable?
Yes 9 14%
No 42 67%
( 11 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