Authors: Amber Hogan Mitchell, DrPH, MPH, CPH and Linda Powell, MSN, RN, FNP
Take the time to protect your eyes from pathogens.
- Nurses sustain the largest percentage of blood and body fluid exposures (BBFE) in acute-care settings in the United States.
- From 50% to 60% of splashes that touch unprotected skin are blood or body fluids visibly contaminated with blood; 83.4% occur to the nurse’s face and 66.7% occur to their eyes.
- Of those nurses reporting any kind of BBFE, only 8.1% said they were wearing eye protection.
- Eye protection should be used whenever exposure to body fluids or infectious viruses and bacteria can occur, not just when exposure is likely to occur.