Exposed to Blood & Body Fluid! Now what?

College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta CPSA, Latest News

If you or your staff are exposed to blood and body fluid at work, do you know what to do? The College’s IPAC Program teamed-up with 11 other health regulatory colleges to develop resources for community-based practices. These resources will help eliminate confusion surrounding BBFE protocols, specifically highlighting:

  1. BBFE prevention
  2. Best practice for assessment and follow-up

Resources include online modules, posters, algorithms and more. Check them out;  and know what to do FIRST* when exposed!

The IPAC Program’s Standards for General Infection Prevention & Control requires clinics to have a written policy & procedure for managing BBFEs. These resources are intended to supplement those existing employer protocols. If you have questions or require additional support, contact the IPAC Program at ipac@cpsa.ab.ca or 780-969-5004.


I have been exposed to blood and body fluid. What do I do FIRST?

  • First aid immediately
  • Inform your supervisor or workplace about your BBFE exposure
  • Review your workplace procedure if available & remember your Worker’s Compensation Number if one is available
  • Speak to a designated healthcare professional with expertise in BBFE, or call HealthLink (811)
  • Time is of the essence to test & treat