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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