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Quick bloody question
Posted by: space-time
Date: August 05, 2019 11:53AM
Two guys came to install the dishwasher I bought from Costco. During installation one of them must have cut his pinkie finger on some sharp edge somewhere and he didn't notice it right away until there were 3 small drops of blood on the hardwood floor. He asked permission to take some paper towels and promptly wiped that away and he kept the paper towel on his pinkie finger for the remaining of the job.

I tipped them $20 each and they left. I wiped that area where I believe the blood was again with a wet paper towel (there was no trace of blood at this time). And then I vacuumed. I had to go back to work so I didn't have time for a more thorough cleanup.

What else should I do when I get home? I believe the chances of HIV surviving in none, but I am not sure about other viruses. Hep B, etc... what is the risk to my family?

What would you have done in a case like this?

thanks for your advice.
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Re: Quick bloody question
Posted by: BernDog
Date: August 05, 2019 12:02PM
Typical answer would be 1:10 bleach for due diligence, but your hardwood likely wouldn’t take kindly to that. Since it’s already been wiped up, I think your risk is effectively zero. Whatever might have been there wouldn’t live long, and there’s little to no risk of it contaminating anything else or anyone.
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Re: Quick bloody question
Posted by: neophyte
Date: August 05, 2019 12:12PM
Throw out the vacuum cleaner bag. Wipe the floor with a damp paper towel that has dish soap on it. Throw that away and use a fresh damp piece to wipe away residual soap. Your risk will be nil after that.
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Re: Quick bloody question
Posted by: cbelt3
Date: August 05, 2019 12:16PM
My blood gets washed up.
Someone I don't know bleeds in moy house ? Mild HAZMAT process... bleach cleaning spray.

Actually this did happen in a similar situation - hot water heater blew and I contracted an install. The installer (awesome young man) cut his finger on a jagged edge. I got him the first aid kit, and helped him bandage his finger. After the job was done and he left, I cleaned the area with a bleach cleaner. And mopped the basement floor anyway. I gave him an unused fully furnished doll house in lieu of a tip after he commented that his little daughter would love something like that.

We're saving some of our outgrown kid's toys for eventual grandchildren, but.... none yet.
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Re: Quick bloody question
Posted by: space-time
Date: August 05, 2019 12:25PM
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neophyte
Throw out the vacuum cleaner bag. ...

Dyson, no bag. Oops...
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Re: Quick bloody question
Posted by: cbelt3
Date: August 05, 2019 12:26PM
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neophyte
Throw out the vacuum cleaner bag. ...

Dyson, no bag. Oops...
You can take that sucker apart. Most of the dust channel is washable. Mild bleach, hot water. Done. We do that every few months because SO much fur....
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Re: Quick bloody question
Posted by: rgG
Date: August 05, 2019 12:37PM
You worry too much. Lol
Most I would do would be one of those Clorox wipes or maybe spray with my Lysol disinfectant and wipe up.





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Re: Quick bloody question
Posted by: space-time
Date: August 05, 2019 12:59PM
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rgG
You worry too much. Lol
Most I would do would be one of those Clorox wipes or maybe spray with my Lysol disinfectant and wipe up.

I guess/hope so. Young kids make you over-react sometimes.
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Re: Quick bloody question
Posted by: neophyte
Date: August 05, 2019 01:03PM
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space-time
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neophyte
Throw out the vacuum cleaner bag. ...

Dyson, no bag. Oops...

Well, next time don't vacuum. That will aerosolize any remaining particles, and the micro filter will not catch them. It is highly unlikely that anything bad will happen due to this one event.

If you are really, really paranoid (like 1 in a trillion paranoid):
1) Fumigate the house (but this is unlikely to kill all viruses), or
2) Move out. smile smiley
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Re: Quick bloody question
Posted by: MikeF
Date: August 05, 2019 01:08PM
1. Remove new dishwasher.
2. Burn house down.
3. Rebuild house.
4. Reinstall new dishwasher.
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Re: Quick bloody question
Posted by: Blankity Blank
Date: August 05, 2019 01:14PM
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MikeF
1. Remove new dishwasher.
2. Burn house down.
3. Rebuild house.
4. Reinstall new dishwasher.

Finally, the voice of sanity.
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Re: Quick bloody question
Posted by: N-OS X-tasy!
Date: August 05, 2019 01:14PM




It is what it is.
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Re: Quick bloody question
Posted by: space-time
Date: August 05, 2019 01:16PM
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MikeF
1. Remove new dishwasher.
2. Burn house down.
3. Rebuild house.
4. Reinstall new dishwasher.

The same new dishwasher? The one that caused the cut??? Your plan is flawed, my friend.
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Re: Quick bloody question
Posted by: graylocks
Date: August 05, 2019 01:39PM
from HIV info read years decades ago, i recall learning that it's actually a fairly weak virus. apart from contact with a body fluid, soap and water cleans it up. so unless you are licking your hardwood floors or walking around with open sores on the bottom of your feet i think you're fine.



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Re: Quick bloody question
Posted by: PeterB
Date: August 05, 2019 01:41PM
A virologist colleague of mine recently pointed out to me that 70% ethanol will destroy most viruses ... it needs to stay in contact with the surface and dry up on its own though, but at least it's very easy to get ahold of, dirt cheap, and very nontoxic. It's also a wonderful cleaning agent in general. If that were not an option, I would second the Lysol, which should destroy most everything.




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Re: Quick bloody question
Posted by: jdc
Date: August 05, 2019 02:36PM
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rgG
You worry too much. Lol
Most I would do would be one of those Clorox wipes or maybe spray with my Lysol disinfectant and wipe up.

This, x100. No x100,000



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Re: Quick bloody question
Posted by: Buzz
Date: August 05, 2019 03:02PM
-> Do not go back home.
-> Sell the place immediately, otherwise you will worry about it for the rest of your lives.
-> Get everyone in your family tested, now, and every three months for at least a couple of years.
-> You cannot be too careful.

Or just wipe the area w/ a disinfectant wipe, and forget about it.
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Re: Quick bloody question
Posted by: Filliam H. Muffman
Date: August 05, 2019 03:09PM
Did you post a review of the dishwasher, commenting on it's bloodthirsty habits?



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Re: Quick bloody question
Posted by: space-time
Date: August 05, 2019 04:48PM
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jdc
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rgG
You worry too much. Lol
Most I would do would be one of those Clorox wipes or maybe spray with my Lysol disinfectant and wipe up.

This, x100. No x100,000

do you mean to wipe 100x or 100,000 times?
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Re: Quick bloody question
Posted by: space-time
Date: August 05, 2019 04:49PM
I am glad I gave you a topic of conversation and made you feel superior today. I can live with that.
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Re: Quick bloody question
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: August 05, 2019 05:31PM
....well.....bloody......'ell.....



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Re: Quick bloody question
Posted by: vicrock
Date: August 05, 2019 05:37PM
Google says "Once it's inactive, HIV is “dead” and no longer infectious. Studies show that, even at levels much higher than usually found in the body fluids and blood of people with HIV, 90 to 99 percent of the virus is inactive within hours of being exposed to air ."
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Re: Quick bloody question
Posted by: jdc
Date: August 05, 2019 06:20PM
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jdc
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rgG
You worry too much. Lol
Most I would do would be one of those Clorox wipes or maybe spray with my Lysol disinfectant and wipe up.

This, x100. No x100,000

do you mean to wipe 100x or 100,000 times?

I mean my wife used to work with infectious diseases -- including HIV and HEP C, as well as a stint in bio terrorism.

You have nothing to fear.



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Re: Quick bloody question
Posted by: space-time
Date: August 05, 2019 06:21PM
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jdc
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space-time
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jdc
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rgG
You worry too much. Lol
Most I would do would be one of those Clorox wipes or maybe spray with my Lysol disinfectant and wipe up.

This, x100. No x100,000

do you mean to wipe 100x or 100,000 times?

I mean my wife used to work with infectious diseases -- including HIV and HEP C, as well as a stint in bio terrorism.

You have nothing to fear.

you realize I was being sarcastic, right?
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Re: Quick bloody question
Posted by: Marc Anthony
Date: August 05, 2019 06:34PM
HIV denatures quickly in dried form; it's not particularly concerning after an hour or so. Hep B is viable for seven days and is highly infectious, although largely vaccine preventable. You can verify your immunity with a health care provider.

Wet blood spills should be covered with a paper towel and soaked with 1 part bleach to 9 part water solution and allowed to stand for minimally 10 minutes. If you don't know exactly where it spilled, use a few full strength clorox wipes in the surrounding area and carefully wipe down any likely contaminated dishwasher surfaces. Don't walk barefoot on the floor or cut yourself on the washer for the next week.



Le poète doit vivre beaucoup, vivre dans tous les sens. - Verlaine
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Re: Quick bloody question
Posted by: bfd
Date: August 05, 2019 06:52PM
HIV is dose dependent. A few drops of blood - even if it were HIV+ - won't increase your chance of contracting the virus. Lots of days, lots of drops, and lots of internal exposure, then yeah, you will likely have a problem.
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Re: Quick bloody question
Posted by: RAMd®d
Date: August 05, 2019 08:46PM
As is typical, you can't go wrong following the advice of the women:

rg
graylocks
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Re: Quick bloody question
Posted by: Michael
Date: August 06, 2019 05:01AM
I'd have been happy that the young man cleaned up his 3 drops of blood and not worried about it.
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Re: Quick bloody question
Posted by: Fritz
Date: August 06, 2019 07:09AM
open a beer. finish it. piddle on the spot. wipe it up.

Man, what a 'orrible lot.



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