Any contact with blood or blood products that have not undergone decontamination involves a risk of infection. Puncture wounds caused by blood-contaminated syringes or contact with injured skin constitute large risks. The handling of blood in laboratories also present the risk of splashing, for instance during centrifugation, or the risk of skin and mucosal membrane contact owing to spillage or waste management. Contact with surfaces and objects contaminated by blood is also a potential transmission route. The most common blood-borne contagion in laboratory settings is Hepatitis B.
If infection is suspected, please contact the infection ward at the University Hospital, phone number 018 - 611 56 20.