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

Total Cases: 312

JOB CATEGORY
M.D. (attending/staff) 2 1%
M.D. (intern/resident/fellow) 14 4%
Medical student 1 0%
Nurse RN/LPN 214 69%
Nursing student 0 0%
Respiratory therapist 31 10%
Surgery attendant 0 0%
Other attendant 10 3%
Phlebotomist/venipuncture/I.V. team 7 2%
Clinical laboratory worker 5 2%
Technologist (non-lab) 13 4%
Dentist 0 0%
Dental hygienist 0 0%
Housekeeper/laundry worker 2 1%
Other 11 4%
( 2 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 312 100%
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 303 97%
No 5 2%
Unknown 3 1%
N/A 1 0%
( 0 missing)


BODY FLUIDS
Which body fluids were involved in the exposure?
Blood or blood product 162 52%
Vomit 13 4%
CSF 1 0%
Peritoneal fluid 6 2%
Pleural fluid 2 1%
Amniotic fluid 0 0%
Urine 22 7%
Other 109 35%


EXPOSED PART
Was the exposed part:
Intact skin 123 39%
Non-intact skin 49 16%
Eye(s) 201 64%
Nose 18 6%
Mouth 28 9%
Other 6 2%


TYPE OF EXPOSURE
Did the blood or body fluid:
Touch unprotected skin 280 90%
Touch skin through gap between protective garments 16 5%
Soak through protective garment 7 2%
Soak through clothing 15 5%


PROTECTIVE ITEMS WORN
Which protective items were worn at the time of the exposure?
Single pair latex/vinyl gloves 206 66%
Double pair latex/vinyl gloves 12 4%
Goggles 12 4%
Eyeglasses 43 14%
Faceshield 0 0%
Surgical mask 12 4%
Surgical gown 18 6%
Plastic apron 2 1%
Lab coat, cloth 17 5%
Lab coat, other 5 2%
Other item 21 7%


RESULT
Was the exposure the result of:
Direct patient exposure 146 47%
Specimen container leaked/spilled 20 6%
Specimen container broke 5 2%
IV tubing/bag/pump leaked 32 10%
Other body fluid container spilled/leaked 30 10%
Touched contaminated equipment 8 3%
Touched contaimnated drapes/sheets, etc. 0 0%
Unknown 0 0%
Other 69 22%
( 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 263 84%
5-14 minutes 28 9%
15 minutes - 1 hour 15 5%
More than 1 hour 3 1%
( 2 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) 276 88%
Moderate amount (5-50 cc) 25 8%
Large amount (more than 50 cc) 7 2%


BODY PART
Right hand, back 24
Right hand, front 24
Left hand, front 24
Left hand, back 7
Right arm 21
Left arm 10
Head 338
Chest 12
Back 0
Mid-body 2
Right leg 5
Left leg 6
Right foot 2
Left foot 0


OSHA
Is this incident OSHA reportable?
Yes 38 12%
No 216 69%
( 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