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
Use puncture-resistant containers to
dispose of needles, scalpels, and other sharp instruments.
Do not bend or handle used needles or disposable
Have a disposable face shield or pocket mask
available if you think you might be required to perform mouth-to-mouth
resuscitation, which is part of
CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation).
Avoid touching objects that may be
What should I do if I am exposed?
your hands immediately after any exposure to blood or body fluids, even if you
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.