Blood infections probably make you think it’s septicemia. This blood disease can stop your body from fighting the infection. The longer you wait to treat it, the more likely it is to be fatal.
Although it is also dangerous, sepsis is not the only disease that can affect your blood. There is a whole list of them, including some equally serious cases. Examples include HIV, hepatitis, and MRSA.
These diseases are spread through contact with the blood or body fluids of an infected person. They are difficult to treat. This is why it is essential to become familiar with them. You have to be able to prevent them in the best possible way and as quickly as possible.
Types of Blood Infections
As mentioned earlier, the most common type of blood infection is known as sepsis. Sepsis is when inflammation develops throughout the body. It can cause blood clots and prevent oxygen from reaching vital organs. The result is intra-organic failure. According to estimates by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), more than one million Americans suffer from severe sepsis every year. The disease can cause the death of 28 to 50% of these patients. When inflammation occurs with extremely low blood pressure, it is called septic shock. In many cases, septic shock is unfortunately fatal.
Among other blood-borne infections and diseases, the most common are:
- Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)
- Dengue fever
- Hepatitis A, B and C
What causes bloodborne infections and diseases?
Pathogenic microorganisms are transported and transmitted by human blood. They can pass from one person to another by various routes, such as during:
- Blood transfusions
- Sexual intercourse
- Open wounds
- Mucous membranes
Contamination is possible from any place where infectious agents are present and likely to enter the body. The origin of the disease can:
- Scraped knee
- Cut cuticle
- Urinary tract infection (UTI)
Anyone can get a blood-borne infection. But some groups are more susceptible to this risk:
- Elderly people
- Young babies
- People with diabetes
- People with ongoing medical procedures
All these groups of people have weakened immune systems.
Preventing Bloodborne Infections and Diseases
It is important to be aware that anyone exposed to infections and/or potential blood-borne diseases is at risk. Are you in a situation where you have to clean up another person’s blood or body fluids? Whether this person is dead or alive, you may be contaminated.
Viruses can lie dormant and reactivate when exposed to water. Even if you think that all blood is removed from the area, you and your family may be exposed sooner or later.
The best way to be sure you are protected is to contact professionals. They will help you to properly sanitize affected sites. Especially in cases of blood-borne infections. Crime Scene Intervention offers services of:
- Blood cleansing
- Biohazard sanitization
- Removal of toxic waste and smells
- Disinfection of communicable diseases
Our entire team of specialists is well trained in the field of blood-borne pathogens. It has efficient safety equipment adapted to high-risk communication protocols. Thus, crime, accident or suicide scenes are restored and ready to be reused. Contact us if you need any help, even in an emergency.