Potential infection risk guideline

You may come into contact with blood and/or body fluids during routine care, and these should all be considered potentially infectious. Viruses/bacteria (germs/bugs) in saliva, urine, faeces, or blood can be passed to another person via cuts or abrasions, or through the mucous membranes of the mouth and eyes. Not all contact will become a spillage, but in the case of unexpected spills see the page on management of blood and body fluid spillages for more detailed information.

By following these Standard Infection Control Precautions you can minimise infection risks to yourself and others.


Scenario: Mr. Russell has a long-term urinary catheter in situ. During the process of emptying his catheter bag, there is some splashing of the contents onto yourself and the floor.


What Standard Infection Control Precautions should I use?

For detailed instruction on how to apply these Standard Infection Control Precautions, please see the links below.