1. Hand washing or use of germicidal hand cleaner as soon as gloves are removed, upon returning to station, after cleaning or decontaminating equipment, and after using the restroom.
2. Flushing eyes or mucous membranes with large amounts of water or saline if exposed to blood or body fluids
3. Not bending or breaking needles, not recapping needles, disposing of sharps in puncture resistant containers and keeping in a secure upright position.
4. Not eating, drinking, handling contact lenses, or applying lip balm in areas of possible contamination (in fire apparatus, on scene, or while cleaning equipment), and not keeping food and drink in refrigerators designated biohazard with potentially infectious materials or medications.
5. If possible, not performing mouth to mouth resuscitation, and instead using pocket masks or bag valve masks for ventilation.
6. Placing blood specimens in marked plastic bags for transport
7. Disposing of sharps containers when three-quarters full
8. Not allowing turnouts into the living quarters and wiping down contaminated work boots, with 1:100 bleach solution or other approved disinfectant solution, before entering the station, or changing into a clean pair of separate shoes to be worn inside the station only.
9. Covering any cuts or wounds.
7th EditionJulie S Snyder, Mariann M Harding
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