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

Total Cases: 153

JOB CATEGORY
M.D. (attending/staff) 10 7%
M.D. (intern/resident/fellow) 15 10%
Medical student 3 2%
Nurse RN/LPN 37 24%
Nursing student 0 0%
Respiratory therapist 3 2%
Surgery attendant 1 1%
Other attendant 8 5%
Phlebotomist/venipuncture/I.V. team 0 0%
Clinical laboratory worker 1 1%
Technologist (non-lab) 58 38%
Dentist 0 0%
Dental hygienist 0 0%
Housekeeper/laundry worker 3 2%
Other 11 7%
( 0 missing)


PLACE OF OCCURRENCE
Where did the injury occur in the institution?
Patient room 0 0%
Outside patient room 0 0%
Emergency department 0 0%
Intensive/critical care unit 0 0%
Operating room 0 0%
Outpatient clinic/office 0 0%
Blood bank 0 0%
Venipuncture 0 0%
Dialysis facility 0 0%
Procedure room 153 100%
Clinical laboratories 0 0%
Autopsy/pathology 0 0%
Service/utility area 0 0%
Other 0 0%
( 0 missing)


SOURCE PATIENT
Was the source patient known?
Yes 144 94%
No 5 3%
Unknown 2 1%
N/A 2 1%
( 0 missing)


BODY FLUIDS
Which body fluids were involved in the exposure?
Blood or blood product 99 65%
Vomit 9 6%
CSF 0 0%
Peritoneal fluid 2 1%
Pleural fluid 1 1%
Amniotic fluid 2 1%
Urine 10 7%
Other 32 21%


EXPOSED PART
Was the exposed part:
Intact skin 68 44%
Non-intact skin 25 16%
Eye(s) 87 57%
Nose 7 5%
Mouth 21 14%
Other 5 3%


TYPE OF EXPOSURE
Did the blood or body fluid:
Touch unprotected skin 137 90%
Touch skin through gap between protective garments 15 10%
Soak through protective garment 2 1%
Soak through clothing 6 4%


PROTECTIVE ITEMS WORN
Which protective items were worn at the time of the exposure?
Single pair latex/vinyl gloves 90 59%
Double pair latex/vinyl gloves 9 6%
Goggles 2 1%
Eyeglasses 26 17%
Faceshield 2 1%
Surgical mask 18 12%
Surgical gown 21 14%
Plastic apron 5 3%
Lab coat, cloth 26 17%
Lab coat, other 0 0%
Other item 17 11%


RESULT
Was the exposure the result of:
Direct patient exposure 70 46%
Specimen container leaked/spilled 2 1%
Specimen container broke 0 0%
IV tubing/bag/pump leaked 15 10%
Other body fluid container spilled/leaked 14 9%
Touched contaminated equipment 7 5%
Touched contaimnated drapes/sheets, etc. 9 6%
Unknown 2 1%
Other 31 20%
( 2 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 126 82%
5-14 minutes 18 12%
15 minutes - 1 hour 7 5%
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) 135 88%
Moderate amount (5-50 cc) 13 8%
Large amount (more than 50 cc) 1 1%


BODY PART
Right hand, back 15
Right hand, front 6
Left hand, front 21
Left hand, back 7
Right arm 8
Left arm 7
Head 163
Chest 3
Back 0
Mid-body 1
Right leg 1
Left leg 0
Right foot 0
Left foot 0


OSHA
Is this incident OSHA reportable?
Yes 18 12%
No 107 70%
( 27 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