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

Total Cases: 217

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 217 100%
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 135 62%
Outside patient room 9 4%
Emergency department 20 9%
Intensive/critical care unit 10 5%
Operating room 8 4%
Outpatient clinic/office 3 1%
Blood bank 0 0%
Venipuncture 0 0%
Dialysis facility 2 1%
Procedure room 8 4%
Clinical laboratories 1 0%
Autopsy/pathology 0 0%
Service/utility area 3 1%
Other 16 7%
( 0 missing)


SOURCE PATIENT
Was the source patient known?
Yes 198 91%
No 12 6%
Unknown 4 2%
N/A 3 1%
( 0 missing)


BODY FLUIDS
Which body fluids were involved in the exposure?
Blood or blood product 96 44%
Vomit 10 5%
CSF 1 0%
Peritoneal fluid 2 1%
Pleural fluid 1 0%
Amniotic fluid 0 0%
Urine 38 18%
Other 68 31%


EXPOSED PART
Was the exposed part:
Intact skin 97 45%
Non-intact skin 38 18%
Eye(s) 108 50%
Nose 11 5%
Mouth 26 12%
Other 6 3%


TYPE OF EXPOSURE
Did the blood or body fluid:
Touch unprotected skin 194 89%
Touch skin through gap between protective garments 12 6%
Soak through protective garment 2 1%
Soak through clothing 12 6%


PROTECTIVE ITEMS WORN
Which protective items were worn at the time of the exposure?
Single pair latex/vinyl gloves 113 52%
Double pair latex/vinyl gloves 10 5%
Goggles 1 0%
Eyeglasses 11 5%
Faceshield 1 0%
Surgical mask 11 5%
Surgical gown 9 4%
Plastic apron 2 1%
Lab coat, cloth 13 6%
Lab coat, other 3 1%
Other item 18 8%


RESULT
Was the exposure the result of:
Direct patient exposure 118 54%
Specimen container leaked/spilled 10 5%
Specimen container broke 1 0%
IV tubing/bag/pump leaked 9 4%
Other body fluid container spilled/leaked 29 13%
Touched contaminated equipment 10 5%
Touched contaimnated drapes/sheets, etc. 4 2%
Unknown 2 1%
Other 32 15%
( 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 174 80%
5-14 minutes 26 12%
15 minutes - 1 hour 12 6%
More than 1 hour 3 1%
( 2 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) 186 86%
Moderate amount (5-50 cc) 22 10%
Large amount (more than 50 cc) 5 2%


BODY PART
Right hand, back 18
Right hand, front 17
Left hand, front 11
Left hand, back 10
Right arm 20
Left arm 25
Head 192
Chest 9
Back 2
Mid-body 1
Right leg 2
Left leg 5
Right foot 2
Left foot 2


OSHA
Is this incident OSHA reportable?
Yes 17 8%
No 166 76%
( 34 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