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First Aid and Infection Control

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Minimising Bloodborne Virus Infection Risks in First Aid

This guide outlines the precautions First Aiders should take to reduce the risk of infection from Bloodborne viruses during emergency medical situations.

Risk of Infection in First Aid

Understanding the risk level:

  • The risk of transmitting HIV or HBV during mouth-to-mouth resuscitation is extremely low, with no recorded cases.

Precautions to Reduce Infection Risk

Recommended safety measures for First Aiders:

  • Cover skin cuts or grazes with waterproof dressings.
  • Wear disposable gloves when handling blood or bodily fluids.
  • Use eye protection and disposable aprons if there's a risk of splashing.
  • Employ face shields for mouth-to-mouth resuscitation if trained to do so.
  • Wash hands thoroughly after each procedure.
  • Use hand gel when handwashing facilities are unavailable.

Immunisation Against HBV for First Aiders

Guidance on HBV immunisation:

  • Workplace risk assessments determine the necessity of HBV immunisation for First Aiders.

Importance of Providing Treatment

The importance of administering first aid:

  • First Aiders should not hesitate to provide treatment due to fear of infection.
  • Adhering to standard precautions ensures protection against Bloodborne viruses.

Following these guidelines helps ensure the safety of both the First Aider and the patient during emergency medical situations.

Learning Outcomes:
  • IPOSi Unit one LO2.1, 2.2 & 2.3