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

Total Cases: 246

JOB CATEGORY
M.D. (attending/staff) 14 6%
M.D. (intern/resident/fellow) 13 5%
Medical student 3 1%
Nurse RN/LPN 121 49%
Nursing student 0 0%
Respiratory therapist 9 4%
Surgery attendant 0 0%
Other attendant 20 8%
Phlebotomist/venipuncture/I.V. team 6 2%
Clinical laboratory worker 8 3%
Technologist (non-lab) 5 2%
Dentist 0 0%
Dental hygienist 0 0%
Housekeeper/laundry worker 0 0%
Other 42 17%
( 0 missing)


PLACE OF OCCURRENCE
Where did the injury occur in the institution?
Patient room 0 0%
Outside patient room 0 0%
Emergency department 246 100%
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 0 0%
( 0 missing)


SOURCE PATIENT
Was the source patient known?
Yes 235 96%
No 7 3%
Unknown 2 1%
N/A 2 1%
( 0 missing)


BODY FLUIDS
Which body fluids were involved in the exposure?
Blood or blood product 180 73%
Vomit 26 11%
CSF 1 0%
Peritoneal fluid 0 0%
Pleural fluid 1 0%
Amniotic fluid 0 0%
Urine 10 4%
Other 42 17%


EXPOSED PART
Was the exposed part:
Intact skin 105 43%
Non-intact skin 51 21%
Eye(s) 106 43%
Nose 9 4%
Mouth 37 15%
Other 12 5%


TYPE OF EXPOSURE
Did the blood or body fluid:
Touch unprotected skin 205 83%
Touch skin through gap between protective garments 13 5%
Soak through protective garment 5 2%
Soak through clothing 19 8%


PROTECTIVE ITEMS WORN
Which protective items were worn at the time of the exposure?
Single pair latex/vinyl gloves 144 59%
Double pair latex/vinyl gloves 9 4%
Goggles 6 2%
Eyeglasses 35 14%
Faceshield 5 2%
Surgical mask 8 3%
Surgical gown 14 6%
Plastic apron 2 1%
Lab coat, cloth 24 10%
Lab coat, other 6 2%
Other item 21 9%


RESULT
Was the exposure the result of:
Direct patient exposure 167 68%
Specimen container leaked/spilled 4 2%
Specimen container broke 1 0%
IV tubing/bag/pump leaked 14 6%
Other body fluid container spilled/leaked 7 3%
Touched contaminated equipment 4 2%
Touched contaimnated drapes/sheets, etc. 3 1%
Unknown 0 0%
Other 43 17%
( 3 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 178 72%
5-14 minutes 42 17%
15 minutes - 1 hour 18 7%
More than 1 hour 2 1%
( 5 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) 192 78%
Moderate amount (5-50 cc) 42 17%
Large amount (more than 50 cc) 8 3%


BODY PART
Right hand, back 28
Right hand, front 24
Left hand, front 19
Left hand, back 17
Right arm 23
Left arm 28
Head 215
Chest 12
Back 0
Mid-body 1
Right leg 8
Left leg 7
Right foot 2
Left foot 1


OSHA
Is this incident OSHA reportable?
Yes 27 11%
No 171 70%
( 44 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