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How else can I reduce my risk?

The American Red Cross recommends that everyone use blood and body fluid precautions while giving first aid. You may wish to have gloves available in your home, office, or vehicle if you think you may be required to help another person in an emergency.

Other precautions can help you minimize your risk of exposure to contaminated blood and body fluids.

  • If you give injections to a family member or to yourself:
    • Use puncture-resistant containers to dispose of needles, scalpels, and other sharp instruments.
    • Do not recap needles.
    • Do not bend or handle used needles or disposable syringes.
  • Avoid touching objects that may be contaminated.

Learn first aid and CPR, so when you are faced with an emergency or injury, you will know what to do.

What should I do if I am exposed?

  • Wash your hands immediately after any exposure to blood or body fluids, even if you wear gloves.
  • If you get splashed in the eyes, nose, or mouth, flush with water.
  • If you are pricked by a needle (needlestick), contact your doctor right away for further advice.
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Last Updated: June 06, 2012
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