As a security guard, emergency services officer or first aid officer, you will encounter pre-hospital environments where cross-infection is a high risk. Fortunately there are some simple procedures that everyone should adhere to in order to minimise the chance of this occurring.


Firstly, what is a communicable disease?

A communicable or contagious disease is any type of disease that can be transmitted between humans or animals. This type of spread commonly occurs through airborne viruses and bacteria, however it can also happen via blood and other bodily fluids.

Some examples of communicable diseases include Whooping Cough, cold sores, Hepatitis, Influenza, Chicken Pox and Cholera.


Precautions to take to avoid the transfer of such diseases include the following:

  • Wearing protective goggles, gloves and face shields
  • Covering any abrasions or wounds you have with a waterproof dressing
  • Washing any areas that come into contact with the victim’s bodily fluids immediately with soap and water or antiseptic solutions
  • Assessing the area of treatment carefully before proceeding (your safety must come first). Place any needles in a sharps container

Should your eyes or mouth get splashed with blood or other bodily fluids of the victim, rinse copiously with warm water. Report this incident as you may need to take a blood test to ensure you have not contracted anything.


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