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

Total Cases: 111

JOB CATEGORY
M.D. (attending/staff) 1 1%
M.D. (intern/resident/fellow) 1 1%
Medical student 0 0%
Nurse RN/LPN 1 1%
Nursing student 0 0%
Respiratory therapist 1 1%
Surgery attendant 0 0%
Other attendant 1 1%
Phlebotomist/venipuncture/I.V. team 12 11%
Clinical laboratory worker 84 76%
Technologist (non-lab) 3 3%
Dentist 0 0%
Dental hygienist 0 0%
Housekeeper/laundry worker 0 0%
Other 6 5%
( 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 0 0%
Clinical laboratories 111 100%
Autopsy/pathology 0 0%
Service/utility area 0 0%
Other 0 0%
( 0 missing)


SOURCE PATIENT
Was the source patient known?
Yes 79 71%
No 13 12%
Unknown 11 10%
N/A 8 7%
( 0 missing)


BODY FLUIDS
Which body fluids were involved in the exposure?
Blood or blood product 82 74%
Vomit 0 0%
CSF 2 2%
Peritoneal fluid 0 0%
Pleural fluid 1 1%
Amniotic fluid 0 0%
Urine 9 8%
Other 19 17%


EXPOSED PART
Was the exposed part:
Intact skin 53 48%
Non-intact skin 20 18%
Eye(s) 59 53%
Nose 11 10%
Mouth 11 10%
Other 8 7%


TYPE OF EXPOSURE
Did the blood or body fluid:
Touch unprotected skin 101 91%
Touch skin through gap between protective garments 7 6%
Soak through protective garment 1 1%
Soak through clothing 3 3%


PROTECTIVE ITEMS WORN
Which protective items were worn at the time of the exposure?
Single pair latex/vinyl gloves 77 69%
Double pair latex/vinyl gloves 6 5%
Goggles 4 4%
Eyeglasses 8 7%
Faceshield 6 5%
Surgical mask 5 5%
Surgical gown 11 10%
Plastic apron 0 0%
Lab coat, cloth 41 37%
Lab coat, other 13 12%
Other item 11 10%


RESULT
Was the exposure the result of:
Direct patient exposure 3 3%
Specimen container leaked/spilled 44 40%
Specimen container broke 15 14%
IV tubing/bag/pump leaked 1 1%
Other body fluid container spilled/leaked 10 9%
Touched contaminated equipment 5 5%
Touched contaimnated drapes/sheets, etc. 0 0%
Unknown 0 0%
Other 32 29%
( 0 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 102 92%
5-14 minutes 6 5%
15 minutes - 1 hour 0 0%
More than 1 hour 2 2%
( 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) 109 98%
Moderate amount (5-50 cc) 1 1%
Large amount (more than 50 cc) 0 0%


BODY PART
Right hand, back 9
Right hand, front 10
Left hand, front 8
Left hand, back 5
Right arm 1
Left arm 0
Head 115
Chest 2
Back 0
Mid-body 0
Right leg 2
Left leg 2
Right foot 0
Left foot 1


OSHA
Is this incident OSHA reportable?
Yes 15 14%
No 75 68%
( 20 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