Infection prevention and control guidelines

8. Exposure to blood and other body substances

Documentation of the exposure

      1. Documentation of the exposure

Last revised: 17 Jun 2024

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.