Infection Control

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Review of Mosby’s Pathology for Massage Therapists, by Salvo and Anderson. Within the course of Dr. Johnson.

Chapter 1 is titled disease awareness and infection control. Generally massage therapists are exposed to no more viruses and bacteria than the average person. However the risk of pathogens from therapist to client is greater and also from client to client. Pathogens that are most common in a massage setting are fungi, yeasts, bacteria, and viruses. These can all be spread through linens, massage tools, and open containers of lubricant. Universal preventions include hand washing, use of gloves, protective eye wear, face masks, cleaning linens, and disinfecting equipment. Bodily fluids are highly unlikely but if a small blemish breaks, or a scab opens up, a client may also sneeze or cough. Necessary procedures to disinfect must happen after the massage is finished before your next client is in the same spot.

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