Infection prevention and control guidelines

8. Exposure to blood and other body substances

Documentation of the exposure

      1. Documentation of the exposure

Documentation of the exposure

After the exposure has been managed, document the following information:

  • what procedure was being undertaken when the exposure occurred
  • how the injury occurred
  • the nature and extent of the injury
  • exactly what caused the injury (eg specify the needle gauge)
  • the type of body substance involved
  • how much blood/body substance the staff member was exposed to
  • what personal protective equipment was being used
  • the source person, if identified. This must be managed in a way that protects the source person’s privacy.