SECTION 300 - ACADEMIC AFFAIRS
327 INFECTION CONTROL IN NURSING SKILLS LABORATORY
It is the policy of Georgia Perimeter College to follow all CDC guidelines, OSHA, and state regulations related to infection control and treatment of biohazardous waste to help insure the health and safety of our employees, faculty, and students.
The procedure for ensuring that adequate infection control measures are taken in the Nursing Skills Laboratory is as follows:
A. Universal Precautions must be followed when handling (1) blood, (2) all body fluids, secretions, and excretions (except sweat), (3) non-intact skin, and (4) mucous membranes. Universal Precautions include wearing gloves and may include the use of masks, goggles, gowns and other protective clothing. Gloves should be changed after contact with each subject and discarded into specially marked waste receptacles. Hands and other skin surfaces must be washed immediately after removing gloves or if contaminated with blood or body fluids.
B. Disposable items should be placed in specially marked waste receptacles. Syringes and needles must be placed in "sharp containers".
C. Reusable items and work areas contaminated with blood or other body fluids should be cleaned with Clorox or other appropriate disinfectants. Contaminated paper waste should be placed in specially marked waste receptacles.
D. Earpieces on stethoscopes must be cleaned before and after use with appropriate disinfectant. Stethoscopes should not be used if the user has lesions or open wounds about the face or ears.
Revised by Academic Affairs Policy Council 4/11/00
Approved by College Advisory Board 7/27/00