Gross Decontamination

Patients may still have the toxin on their skin or clothing. Decontamination is generally achieved by undressing patients completely and washing them thoroughly with copious amounts of water. Patients requiring assistance should be attended to by properly gowned staff in an isolated area. Patients should be scrubbed with soft brushes so as not to injure their skin (thereby allowing the toxin to enter through an injured barrier). The towels used to dry patients, and their clothing, shoes, socks, watches, and jewelry, should all be handled as potentially hazardous waste. This gross decontamination will decrease the likelihood of spreading illness among staff members and other patients.

Blood Pressure Health

Blood Pressure Health

Your heart pumps blood throughout your body using a network of tubing called arteries and capillaries which return the blood back to your heart via your veins. Blood pressure is the force of the blood pushing against the walls of your arteries as your heart beats.Learn more...

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