May 6, 2015
Reduce Splashes, Increase Infection Prevention
Slips, trips, falls and sharps are widely recognized as potential occupational risks in the healthcare industry. However, there is another dangerous hazard that often goes unnoticed and underreported—splashes. Splashes, also known as mucocutaneous blood exposures, occur when pathogens are transferred to caregivers when landing on their eyes, nose or mouth. Splashes occur during routine activities such as cutting catheter bags, cleaning bedpans and emptying suction cups.