Blood is an essential life source for all human beings. It is produced in our bone marrow and it is made up of four main components: red blood cells, white blood cells, platelets, and plasma. It can also contain pathogens. Read on to learn about bloodborne pathogens, and why you should call a professional cleanup crew like Spaulding Decon San Francisco if a blood spill occurs in your home or office.
What are Blood Borne Pathogens?
A pathogen is a tiny microorganism that can cause disease, and bloodborne pathogens are specifically found in human blood. These bloodborne pathogens can be extremely dangerous and lead to life-threatening diseases should you experience prolonged exposure. The most common bloodborne pathogens are Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), Hepatitis B (HBV), and Hepatitis C (HCV). HIV is the precursor to the AIDS virus and weakens the body’s ability to fight infection. If contracted, there is no cure for the HIV/AIDS virus. Hepatitis B is a pathogen that causes life-threatening liver disease and poses a serious risk to those exposed to contaminated blood. Hepatitis C is also a liver disease and is the most common chronic bloodborne infection in the United States. It is difficult to know what pathogens are present in blood, and impossible without a blood test. Thus the universal precaution is to treat all human blood, bodily fluids, and other potentially infectious material as if they are infectious.
What if there is a Blood Spill?
If there is a blood spill in your home or office, you should not try to clean it up yourself. If it is improperly decontaminated, anyone who comes in contact with the area is still at risk for exposure. Call a professional decontamination team like Spaulding Decon San Francisco, as quickly as possible. Our experts are specially trained in handling biohazard situations and will ensure the space is thoroughly decontaminated and completely safe to return to.
Spaulding Decon San Francisco Can Help
If you experience a blood spill or another biohazard situation, we are here to help. Our team is available 24/7 and we practice OSHA compliant cleanup standards. At Spaulding Decon San Francisco, we are dedicated to your safety. Call us today at (925) 790-1777.