In all healthcare settings, bodily fluids are a major vector for spreading harmful pathogens. For this reason, an effective bodily fluid clean up procedure is one of the 10 Standard Infection Control Precautions (SICP).
In this post we will outline the advised bodily fluid clean up procedure while also discussing certain solutions that will help you stay on top of your infection prevention duties without compromising on your operational efficiency.
Potentially Hazardous Bodily Fluids in Healthcare Settings
Any bodily fluid can contain germs which can cause infection. Because it’s not always clear whether a person has an infection, you should take adequate precautions wherever you might encounter:
- Nasal discharges
The Bodily Fluid Clean Up Procedure
- You should clean up any bodily fluid spillages immediately.
- Wear adequate PPE. You should always wear gloves. If there’s a risk of splashing, also wear an apron. Assess the need for facial and eye protection depending on the circumstances.
- Choose the right cleaning product. The best cleaning products for bodily fluids combine detergent and disinfectant, making them effective against both viruses and bacteria. If this is not possible, clean with a detergent first, followed by a disinfectant. Browse our range of hospital-grade cleaning products.
- Always follow the manufacturer’s guidelines and take care not to use any products that are unsuitable for the body fluid you’re cleaning. For example, if the cleaning product contains any trace of chlorine, then it cannot be used to clean urine.
- Use disposable paper towels or cloths, and dispose of them immediately and safely after use, in the correct waste stream.
- Always have specialist spillage kits on hand so you can safely and quickly clean high-risk bodily fluids including blood, vomit, and urine.
Access the official NHS safe management of blood and body fluids guidelines.
Speciality Bodily Fluid Spill Kits
We stock a range of specialist spill kits for healthcare settings. Our range includes bodily fluid spill kits to effectively clean and decontaminate affected areas.
Browse our full range of spill kits.
We also offer detailed training to help your staff understand and respond to the spill risks they face in their work. Get in touch for more information.
How To Make Your Fluid Control More Effective in a Healthcare Setting
When it comes to spillages of bodily fluids, effective infection prevention and control depends on acting as quickly as possible. Our spill kits can make a huge difference here, and we also stock an advanced range of absorbent floor mats for hospitals and other healthcare settings.
Our absorbent mats will help you optimise your fluid management for dependable infection prevention and control. They will also help you avoid additional health and safety risks, such as slips and trips, while greatly optimising your turnaround times.
For example, our T-Mat absorbent floor mat can absorb up to 8.5 litres of water or 3.5 litres of saline. It gels liquids in minutes, binding the fluid hygienically and becoming dry to the touch. This means you can quickly, easily, and safely dispose of the mat in the appropriate clinical waste stream.
Browse our full range of bodily fluid management solutions for hospitals and other healthcare settings.