CON TROL :
BE SAFE, NOT SORRY
Infection control should be a prominent part of all esthetic education, but is it? In 2007, I went to what I considered to be a prestigious esthetic school at that time. They taught us how to dress for and perform the perfect service, and
even worked on our accents. The room, the products and our
personal appearance were to always appear pristine. However,
they did not require us to wear gloves.
Early in my career, I was extracting a client with many
infected lesions. Naturally, there was blood and other fluids.
When I got to the chin, I realized my palms had moved
directly in my path of extractions and were spotted with
blood. If I had a papercut on my hand and that client had
a transmittable bloodborne disease, I could have gotten it
and vice versa. My room and attire looked great, but I forgot
about bloodborne pathogens.
The only time we wore gloves in school was during body
waxing, and it was only on one hand. For extractions, we
wore finger cots on our index fingers with tissues. During
sanitation of our rooms, our hands were bare—essentially,
we did not wear gloves. After the experience with my teenage
client, I wore them all the time, and I thought it was enough.
I was wrong.
Bloodborne pathogens are disease producing
microorganisms that are spread by contact with blood or
other bodily fluids from an infected person. Have you ever
pricked yourself with a contaminated lancet? I have. When
By Erika Lauren