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The fear of infection may deter some people from providing emergency first aid. Effective use of barriers, including gloves and face shields protect both you and the patient from the risk of infection. Gloves are in most first aid kits, but if gloves are not available, then you could use anything that would form a barrier, such as a plastic bag.

There are many harmful pathogens in blood that could cause you harm if they get into your body.  Your skin is a good natural barrier, but if there is a break in the skin by a cut, graze, or sore, then the pathogens can get through into your blood. Placing a barrier between you and the patient can avoid this risk.