Thursday, September 1, 2011

Liver Infection and Body Art

Are you going for a body piercing, tattoo, manicure/pedicure, or permanent cosmetics? Just like HIV, even Hepatitis B & C can spread by direct contact with the blood of an infected person. Since the tools used for all these treatments can come into contact with blood and since it's not really feasible to ensure whether the person who has got treated before you was infected, it becomes imperative that the service provider takes effective measures for infection control between clients. As you may be aware, there is no vaccine for Hepatitis C as yet.

Few precautions can help avoid catching any infection when you go for body decoration:
Before you get treated, check the awareness of the staff about the risk of transmitting Hepatitis & HIV. Confirm whether the salon uses an autoclave for sterilizing tools between clients and whether the autoclave is well maintained and regularly tested. An autoclave is the only effective machine that can kill the Hepatitis virus.
During the treatment check on the cleanliness and hygiene of the premises and that its set-up and arrangement is well done for the safe conduct of the required process, Ensure that the staff follows good hygiene practices like:
·         wearing clean outer clothing,
·         washing hands with soap & warm water before and after each procedure or using a sanitizer
·         wearing surgical gloves whenever a possibility exists of contact with blood or body fluids or tissues
·         wearing aprons or such protective clothing in case of possible contact of clothing with blood
·         working of surfaces that are non-porous and smooth
·         cleaning all work surfaces with bleach and water
·         disposing all contaminated needles and other sharp objects in an appropriate puncture-proof container
·         disposing all contaminated protective equipment in proper containers marked for bio-hazardous waste
·         using single-use needles and fresh inks and dyes for each customer
·         using surgical steel or gold single-use needles (far better in preventing infection than silver needles)
After having undergone a treatment, in case you suspect having contracted any infection or adverse reaction, see a doctor immediately and share the true facts about the treatment you underwent.

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