Thursday, April 15, 2004

... rinse, then repeat.

As I was waiting for a pot of coffee to brew at the office this afternoon, I noticed a big red box sitting atop the employee medicine cabinet. It is labeled "Bodily Fluid Disposal Kit."

So here - I kid you not - are the 12-step "Directions for use" for the kit:

1) Put on the Disposable Apron, Eye Shield/Face Mask, Shoe Covers and Latex Gloves.
2) Take the packed of Red-Z Absorbent and sprinkle it over the spill until fluid is completely absorbed.
3) Take the Scoop and Scraper and scrape up the Absorbent
4) Put the above items in a red Biohazard Plastic Bag and tie it shut. DO NOT discard latex gloves, apron, eye shield/face mask and shoe covers.
5) Pour half of the SaniZide Plus Disinfectant/Cleaner (1 fl. oz.) over spill area. Allow to remain wet for 30 seconds.
6) Use one of the paper towels to wipe up the solution.
7) Pour the remainder of the SaniZide Plus (1 fl. oz.) over spill area. Allow to remain wet for 10 minutes.
8) Use the second paper towel to wipe up the solution.
9) Place all items including the Apron, Shoe Covers, Eye Shield/Face Mask, and Latex Gloves into the second red Biohazard Plastic Bag. Caution: Do not reuse any of these materials.
10) Tie the red Biohazard Plastic Bag to prevent leakage. Dispose of in accordance with federal, state and local regulations.
11) Thoroughly wash hands with a disinfectant soap and water.
12) Rill out Exposure Report Form and return completed form to the appropriate person or department immediately.

Jesus. I mean, I know there's a lot of worry about HIV, Hepatitis, Ebola, Mad Cow, etc., but are our bodies really full of something out of The China Syndrome?

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