While handling a number of clients who have arrived in the ED after a possible Anthrax exposure, which of the following illustrates appropriate decontamination measures?

Each client should remove his or her clothes to be put into an impervious biohazard bag and wash all skin and hair with soap and water.

Explanation

•Anthrax is a spore that can be inhaled if aerosolized, so the risk is in re-aerosolization if the spores are blown into the air from the surface of contaminated skin or clothes.

•Clothing must be carefully removed and the client should carefully wash all hair and skin with soap and water. Clean water or saline solution is recommended for rinsing eyes.

•After removal, patient clothing should be handled only by personnel wearing appropriate personal protective equipment, and placed in an impervious bag to prevent further environmental contamination.

Incorrect options:

•Potentially harmful practices, such as bathing patients with bleach solutions, are unnecessary and should be avoided.

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