Report Number: 06-0000371
Report Date: 07/17/2006
The engine crew responded on a medical call along with the ambulance crew for a child with abdominal pain. The patient was loaded in the ambulance and the medic had started patient care. When the patients Dad got in the ambulance, he was extremely out of breath and required medical attention. Patient care was started on the Dad. On the way to the hospital, the medic started a line on the Dad. In the process, the medic got blood all over the inside of the ambulance. After the patient was taken in the hospital the engine crew assisted with decon on the inside of the ambulance. We found out after arriving at the station that the patient had Hepatitis C. All members wore the appropriate PPE but the mess was a lot worst than it should have been. Also, the medic on the ambulance wiped his hands on his duty pants to get the blood off.
Always wear PPE and be aware of any body fluid spills or problems. Know the proper decon procedures for bodily fluids and other contaminations.
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