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

Total Cases: 297

JOB CATEGORY
M.D. (attending/staff) 29 10%
M.D. (intern/resident/fellow) 36 12%
Medical student 5 2%
Nurse RN/LPN 122 41%
Nursing student 2 1%
Respiratory therapist 2 1%
Surgery attendant 51 17%
Other attendant 8 3%
Phlebotomist/venipuncture/I.V. team 0 0%
Clinical laboratory worker 1 0%
Technologist (non-lab) 19 6%
Dentist 0 0%
Dental hygienist 0 0%
Housekeeper/laundry worker 4 1%
Other 18 6%
( 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 297 100%
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 280 94%
No 10 3%
Unknown 5 2%
N/A 1 0%
( 1 missing)


BODY FLUIDS
Which body fluids were involved in the exposure?
Blood or blood product 243 82%
Vomit 2 1%
CSF 1 0%
Peritoneal fluid 9 3%
Pleural fluid 3 1%
Amniotic fluid 12 4%
Urine 5 2%
Other 44 15%


EXPOSED PART
Was the exposed part:
Intact skin 104 35%
Non-intact skin 39 13%
Eye(s) 106 69%
Nose 6 2%
Mouth 11 4%
Other 5 2%


TYPE OF EXPOSURE
Did the blood or body fluid:
Touch unprotected skin 204 69%
Touch skin through gap between protective garments 89 30%
Soak through protective garment 23 8%
Soak through clothing 24 8%


PROTECTIVE ITEMS WORN
Which protective items were worn at the time of the exposure?
Single pair latex/vinyl gloves 152 51%
Double pair latex/vinyl gloves 72 24%
Goggles 42 14%
Eyeglasses 74 25%
Faceshield 49 16%
Surgical mask 213 72%
Surgical gown 155 52%
Plastic apron 4 1%
Lab coat, cloth 11 4%
Lab coat, other 5 2%
Other item 35 12%


RESULT
Was the exposure the result of:
Direct patient exposure 149 50%
Specimen container leaked/spilled 4 1%
Specimen container broke 4 1%
IV tubing/bag/pump leaked 13 4%
Other body fluid container spilled/leaked 27 9%
Touched contaminated equipment 13 4%
Touched contaimnated drapes/sheets, etc. 4 1%
Unknown 5 2%
Other 72 24%
( 4 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 205 69%
5-14 minutes 49 16%
15 minutes - 1 hour 24 8%
More than 1 hour 18 6%
( 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) 247 83%
Moderate amount (5-50 cc) 31 10%
Large amount (more than 50 cc) 19 6%


BODY PART
Right hand, back 15
Right hand, front 18
Left hand, front 14
Left hand, back 4
Right arm 29
Left arm 12
Head 320
Chest 21
Back 0
Mid-body 3
Right leg 12
Left leg 6
Right foot 2
Left foot 2


OSHA
Is this incident OSHA reportable?
Yes 40 13%
No 193 65%
( 64 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