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Four precautions your first aiders must take to protect themselves against HIV

by , 07 November 2014
Your first aiders have the highest risk of contracting HIV in your workplace. Any time they help someone, they run the risk of coming into contact with infected bodily fluids.

Because of this, they need to take specific precautions to protect themselves against the disease.

You need to train them how to do this. So make sure they know about the four precautions they must take...

 

Your first aiders must take these four precautions against HIV 

 
1. They must wear latex gloves
Your first aiders must wear gloves so their hands don't come into contact with any infected bodily fluids. This is particularly important if they have any open sores on their hands. 
 
They need to put the gloves on carefully so they don't tear. Any holes in the gloves could render them infective.
 
2. Mouth guards for CPR
If your first aider has to give CPR, she must use a mouth guard. This stops her from coming into contact with bodily fluids, such as mucus, because this will also carry the disease.
 
Your first aiders must use a new mouth guards every time they treat someone. 
 
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3. Goggles
If your first aider has to treat someone with a wound that's squirting blood, goggles will ensure none of the blood goes into their eyes. You can contract HIV this way as your eyes can easily absorb infected bodily fluids. 
 
4. Saline solution rinse 
Your first aider should use a saline solution to flush out their mouth, eyes and nose in case they come into contact with any bodily fluids. This will limit the absorption of these fluids.
 
They must also notify their supervisor if this happens because they'll need HIV screening.
 
Ensure your first aiders take these precautions no matter who they treat to protect themselves from the spread of HIV. 
 
For everything you need to train your employees on HIV prevention, check out HIV – Training in a Box.
 

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