CPR + First Aid Certification Manual: Aftercare

CPR + First Aid + Bloodborne Pathogens: Aftercare
DECONTAMINATION AND PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT

By nature of providing first aid, bloodborne pathogen contamination is a concern. It is crucial to use personal protective equipment (PPE) during decontamination to protect yourself and others. After treatment is completed, proceed by cleaning yourself and your clothing. If you have come into contact with a bloodborne pathogen, seek medical attention after cleaning. Always follow proper safety protocols during decontamination to ensure the well-being of everyone involved.

CLEANING YOURSELF AND YOUR CLOTHING

Rinsing and washing with hot water and soap is recommended. Lather the soap for minimally 20 seconds. If any blood or bodily fluids are on your clothes, your clothes need to be washed and sanitized prior to reuse. Similarly, if blood or bodily fluid is on your protective gear, you should either dispose of the gear (if disposable) or sanitize it. It is also crucial to sanitize any equipment used during first aid to prevent contamination.

HOW TO REMOVE LATEX GLOVES
  1. Pull the outside of the glove near the wrist area.
  2. Peel downwards, away from the wrist, turning the glove inside-out.
  3. Pull the glove away until it is removed from the hand and hold the inside-out glove with the gloved hand.
  4. With your ungloved hand, slide two fingers under the wrist of the remaining glove. Do not touch the outside of the glove when doing this.
  5. Peel downwards, away from the wrist, turning the glove inside out.
  6. Pull the glove down and over the inside-out glove being held in your gloved hand.
  7. Both gloves should be inside out, one glove inside the other.
  8. Place gloves in an appropriate bio-hazard receptacle.