Body fluids and waste include:
During the precautionary period, some of the chemicals in the medicine may leave your body through your body fluids and waste. Contact with these fluids may harm other people or pets.
Try not to touch body fluids and waste. Caregivers should always wear gloves when handling your body fluids and waste.
Everyone should wash their hands with soap and water before and after handling your body fluids and waste, even if they’re wearing gloves.
After handwashing, everyone should use their own towel or paper towel to dry their hands.
If possible, use a different bathroom than other people in your home.
If you have to share a bathroom, use soap and water or a disinfecting wipe to clean the toilet seat, rim, lid, and handle when you’re done.
Sit on the toilet when you pee, so you don’t splash outside the toilet bowl. When you’re done, close the toilet lid and flush 2 times. Then wash your hands with soap and water.
Use plastic-backed sheets or disposable plastic-backed pads on your mattress or furniture. Use them even if you wear a diaper or pad.
Change diapers or pads right away. Your skin should be cleaned with soap and water and dried well. Throw out all disposable items with the regular garbage (see
Throwing out medicine, used supplies, and garbage).
To clean items like bedpans, urinals, or commodes, do the following:
Try to throw up directly into the toilet. Close the toilet lid and flush 2 times, then wash your hands with soap and water.
If you throw up in a
reusable bucket, do the following:
If you throw up in a
disposable container, do the following:
Current as of: March 31, 2022
Author: Provincial Hazardous Medication Committee, Alberta Health Services
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