|catchinf hepatitis in pathological chemistry lab from contaminated blood on a getry paper
Apr 1, 2006
Can I be infected with hepatitis by treating hepatatis contaminated getry paper with unprotected hands (without gloves) and then touching my hair or face with those hads? can any kind of infectious desease be transmitted by touching or spilling the blood or other infected sorce? And what should I do if I spill on myself or touch this contaminated sorce? Is washing hands with good laboratory soap sufficiant or chlorhexidine should also be used? is a simple soap sufficiant? If I touch blood that has no sign that it is infected with anything in the laboratory and then touch my cellular phone, should I cleen it with alcohol or chlohexadine? Thanks in advance, sophia Shira
| Response from Dr. McGovern
Transmission of hepatitis B occurs mainly through sex and injection drug use; transmission of hepatitis C is mainly through injection drug use. Transmission requires entry of the virus into your own bloodstream. Therefore touching your face etc, should not be a "portal of entry" for the virus.
I certainly would recommend universal precautions and more extensive use of gloves with anything that is suspect. Simple hand washing should be sufficient in general.
However, I also think that you should have more discussion with your laboratory supervisor regarding routine procedures to be certain you are not putting yourself at undo risk, since I am not fully cognizant of your particular situation.
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