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Dealing with spillages of blood and body fluids may carry a risk of exposure to blood borne virus or other pathogens. This risk will be minimised by following the precautions in this policy including the correct use of personal protective equipment (PPE) and disinfectant products.



This policy outlines the procedures which should be taken following the spillage of blood, other body fluids and known contaminated material.



Spillages of blood/body fluids must be cleaned up as quickly as possible by nursing/midwifery/department staff in clinical areas and by trained domestic Housekeeping staff in public areas.

For safety reasons all patients and staff not involved in clearing the spill, must be kept away from the spillage area until it has been effectively dealt with.


Policy Details

Download: PDF version
Compiled by: The Infection Control Team
Ratified by: Clinical Governance Committee
Date Ratified: April 2018
Date Issued: August 2019
Review Date: March 2020
Target Audience: All staff
Contact name: Ann Birler, Nurse Consultant / Deputy Director of Infection Prevention and Control


See also:

  • Inoculation Injury Policy
  • Cleaning and Disinfection Policy
  • Management of Healthcare Waste Policy