The Comfort of Home
NODA Area Agency on Aging
2901 North Van Buren, Enid, OK 73703
580-237-2236 or 800-211-2116
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"CARING FOR YOU... CARING FOR OTHERS"
Clean It - Food, Hands, Equipment
Tips To Be Safe
Standard or Universal Precautions
are practices designed to reduce the
spread of disease. They protect you,
the caregiver, from bacteria or viruses
carried by the person in your care; and
they protect the person in your care
from any germs you may be carrying.
~ Disposable gloves should be worn
anytime you might be exposed to
body fluids, as when assisting with
toileting; disposing of Depends®;
wiping a. nose or mouth; cleaning
up vomit, urine or feces; cleaning
or bandaging injuries, and when
cleaning up soiled surfaces in the
bathroom and bedroom.
- Face masks are recommended if
you are or have recently been sick
with a cold, the flu or other illness.
~ Dispose of needles, glucose sticks
and other sharp items in a hard
plastic sharps disposal box.
Don't share items like cups,
eating utensils, thermometers
or toothbrushes, hairbrushes,
cosmetics, razors or eyeglasses.
Cover your nose and mouth
with a tissue when sneezing or
coughing and dispose of the tissue
immediately. No tissues? Cough or
sneeze into the crook of your elbow.
Keep wounds clean and covered
with a bandage until healed.
Clean and disinfect laundry
soiled with body fluids, kitchen
surfaces, bedpans and commodes.
Other personal protective
equipment include gowns and eye
protection (safety glasses), which are
generally used to protect the caregiver
from splashes. These are important
when giving wound care and when
doing major cleanup jobs.
Source: CDC; Veterans Administration
Bloodborne pathogens are germs that pass from person to person
through blood or any other body fluids. Illnesses spread through body
fluids—like mucus, blood, pus or drainage from sores, vomit, urine, and
fecal matter. They include HIV/AIDS, hepatitis, the flu, staph and strep
infections, the common cold and others.