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

Total Cases: 259

JOB CATEGORY
M.D. (attending/staff) 9 3%
M.D. (intern/resident/fellow) 6 2%
Medical student 0 0%
Nurse RN/LPN 94 36%
Nursing student 2 1%
Respiratory therapist 6 2%
Surgery attendant 4 2%
Other attendant 16 6%
Phlebotomist/venipuncture/I.V. team 3 1%
Clinical laboratory worker 5 2%
Technologist (non-lab) 12 5%
Dentist 0 0%
Dental hygienist 0 0%
Housekeeper/laundry worker 3 1%
Other 88 34%
( 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 0 0%
Autopsy/pathology 0 0%
Service/utility area 0 0%
Other 259 100%
( 0 missing)


SOURCE PATIENT
Was the source patient known?
Yes 226 87%
No 18 7%
Unknown 10 4%
N/A 5 2%
( 0 missing)


BODY FLUIDS
Which body fluids were involved in the exposure?
Blood or blood product 176 68%
Vomit 11 4%
CSF 2 1%
Peritoneal fluid 0 0%
Pleural fluid 1 0%
Amniotic fluid 10 4%
Urine 15 6%
Other 57 22%


EXPOSED PART
Was the exposed part:
Intact skin 130 50%
Non-intact skin 62 24%
Eye(s) 90 35%
Nose 10 4%
Mouth 43 17%
Other 11 4%


TYPE OF EXPOSURE
Did the blood or body fluid:
Touch unprotected skin 220 85%
Touch skin through gap between protective garments 19 7%
Soak through protective garment 5 2%
Soak through clothing 16 6%


PROTECTIVE ITEMS WORN
Which protective items were worn at the time of the exposure?
Single pair latex/vinyl gloves 120 46%
Double pair latex/vinyl gloves 10 4%
Goggles 5 2%
Eyeglasses 26 10%
Faceshield 7 3%
Surgical mask 17 7%
Surgical gown 16 6%
Plastic apron 0 0%
Lab coat, cloth 23 9%
Lab coat, other 2 1%
Other item 23 9%


RESULT
Was the exposure the result of:
Direct patient exposure 139 54%
Specimen container leaked/spilled 12 5%
Specimen container broke 8 3%
IV tubing/bag/pump leaked 14 5%
Other body fluid container spilled/leaked 11 4%
Touched contaminated equipment 8 3%
Touched contaimnated drapes/sheets, etc. 8 3%
Unknown 3 1%
Other 53 20%
( 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 176 68%
5-14 minutes 58 22%
15 minutes - 1 hour 17 7%
More than 1 hour 5 2%
( 3 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) 212 82%
Moderate amount (5-50 cc) 34 13%
Large amount (more than 50 cc) 10 4%


BODY PART
Right hand, back 34
Right hand, front 44
Left hand, front 35
Left hand, back 17
Right arm 21
Left arm 16
Head 208
Chest 9
Back 0
Mid-body 0
Right leg 2
Left leg 4
Right foot 2
Left foot 2


OSHA
Is this incident OSHA reportable?
Yes 17 7%
No 183 71%
( 58 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