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

Total Cases: 67

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 67 100%
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 33 49%
Outside patient room 1 1%
Emergency department 6 9%
Intensive/critical care unit 7 10%
Operating room 0 0%
Outpatient clinic/office 4 6%
Blood bank 1 1%
Venipuncture 0 0%
Dialysis facility 0 0%
Procedure room 0 0%
Clinical laboratories 12 18%
Autopsy/pathology 0 0%
Service/utility area 0 0%
Other 3 4%
( 0 missing)


SOURCE PATIENT
Was the source patient known?
Yes 61 91%
No 4 6%
Unknown 2 3%
N/A 0 0%
( 0 missing)


BODY FLUIDS
Which body fluids were involved in the exposure?
Blood or blood product 57 85%
Vomit 0 0%
CSF 0 0%
Peritoneal fluid 0 0%
Pleural fluid 0 0%
Amniotic fluid 0 0%
Urine 4 6%
Other 7 10%


EXPOSED PART
Was the exposed part:
Intact skin 26 39%
Non-intact skin 13 19%
Eye(s) 27 40%
Nose 2 3%
Mouth 8 12%
Other 4 6%


TYPE OF EXPOSURE
Did the blood or body fluid:
Touch unprotected skin 61 91%
Touch skin through gap between protective garments 3 4%
Soak through protective garment 2 3%
Soak through clothing 2 3%


PROTECTIVE ITEMS WORN
Which protective items were worn at the time of the exposure?
Single pair latex/vinyl gloves 51 76%
Double pair latex/vinyl gloves 3 4%
Goggles 2 3%
Eyeglasses 6 9%
Faceshield 0 0%
Surgical mask 0 0%
Surgical gown 5 7%
Plastic apron 0 0%
Lab coat, cloth 22 33%
Lab coat, other 8 12%
Other item 3 4%


RESULT
Was the exposure the result of:
Direct patient exposure 31 46%
Specimen container leaked/spilled 9 13%
Specimen container broke 6 9%
IV tubing/bag/pump leaked 0 0%
Other body fluid container spilled/leaked 3 4%
Touched contaminated equipment 2 3%
Touched contaimnated drapes/sheets, etc. 1 1%
Unknown 0 0%
Other 14 21%
( 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 58 87%
5-14 minutes 3 4%
15 minutes - 1 hour 4 6%
More than 1 hour 1 1%
( 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) 65 97%
Moderate amount (5-50 cc) 1 1%
Large amount (more than 50 cc) 0 0%


BODY PART
Right hand, back 10
Right hand, front 10
Left hand, front 3
Left hand, back 2
Right arm 2
Left arm 1
Head 63
Chest 3
Back 0
Mid-body 0
Right leg 0
Left leg 0
Right foot 1
Left foot 1


OSHA
Is this incident OSHA reportable?
Yes 12 18%
No 49 73%
( 6 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