Ask the expert: Blood on medical records

By: July 23rd, 2010 Email This Post Print This Post

Q: What is your recommendation for dealing with medical records contaminated with dried blood?

A: First, determine whether there is a work practice shortcoming that is causing medical records to become contaminated with blood and then address it through training.

If it is an isolated incident that does not merit extra training, consider following recommendations from “Medical records contaminated with dried blood: A quality issue,” published in the October 1999 American Journal of Infection Control. The article says to place the contaminated document in a clear plastic folder, photocopy it, make a note on the photocopy that the original record was contaminated with blood, and then shred the original.

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By Michelle Hammond on February 20th, 2012 at 2:12 pm

Regarding contaminated documents. Would this be the same for baby foot prints? There is usually a small spot of blood on them and we have been covering it with scotch tape. Would that be sufficient or should we follow as above?

Thank you.

By Audrae Matthias on January 15th, 2016 at 4:19 pm

I have read and understood.

 

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