A disease that can be transmitted from person to person is caused by microscopic agents. First Aiders are less likely to contract infectious diseases if they use standard precautions for every casualty.
If a needle stick occurs, wash the area with soap and water as soon as possible, apply a sterile dressing and see your GP or hospital as soon as practical.
A disease may be passed to First Aiders by contact with:
- Blood/other body fluids
- Infected needles/sharp objects
Practices which help to control the spread of infection include
- Washing/drying hands before and following patient contact
- Wearing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
- Face mask and/or shield
- Goggles/safety glasses
- Appropriate disposal of sharps/clinical waste