COVID-19 Procedure: Disposal Procedures for Spills of COVID-19 Patient Blood/Fluids:

COVID-19 Procedure: Disposal Procedures for Spills of COVID-19 Patient Blood/Fluids

This process template is part of our COVID-19 Procedures pack. 

It is built as a reproduction of the procedures outlined in the Handbook of COVID-19 Prevention and Treatment (2020) produced by The First Affiliated Hospital, Zhejiang University School of Medicine (FAHZU). 

FAHZU had great success in combatting the novel Coronavirus COVID-19 and this handbook outlines best-practices, procedures, and useful charts for hospitals and medical centers to practically employ. 

The items contained within the handbook were compiled according to clinical experience. 

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For spills of blood/bodily fluids <10mL:

Determine course of action

Option 1:

  • 1
    The spills should be covered with chlorine-containing disinfecting wipes (containing 5000 mg/L effective chlorine) and carefully removed
  • 2
    The surfaces of the object should be wiped twice with chlorine-containing disinfecting wipes (containing 500 mg/L effective chlorine)

Option 2:

  • 1
    Carefully remove the spills with disposable absorbent materials such as gauze, wipes, etc., which have been soaked in 5000 mg/L chlorine-containing disinfecting solution.

For spills of blood/bodily fluids >10mL:

Place signs to indicate the presence of a spill

Perform disposal procedures

Option 1:

  • 1
    Absorb the spilled fluids for 30 minutes with a clean absorbent towel (containing peroxyacetic acid that can absorb up to 1 L of liquid per towel)
  • 2
    Clean the contaminated area after removing the pollutants

Option 2:

  • 1
    Completely cover the spill with disinfectant powder or bleach powder containing water-absorbing ingredients or completely cover it with disposable water-absorbing materials
  • 2
    Pour a sufficient amount of 10,000 mg/L chlorine-containing disinfectant onto the water-absorbing material (or cover with a dry towel which will be subjected to high-level disinfection)
  • 3
    Leave for at least 30 minutes before carefully removing the spill

Collect bodily fluids from patients into special containers

Disinfect for 2 hours using a 20,000 mg/L chlorine-containing disinfectant at a spill-to-disinfectant ratio of 1:2

Disinfect the surfaces of the polluted environment or objects

Soak and disinfect containers that held the contaminants with 5,000 mg/L active chlorine-containing disinfectant for 30 minutes

Clean the containers that held the contaminants

Dispose of the collected pollutants as medical waste

Place used items into double-layer medical waste bags

Dispose of the used items as medical waste

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