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How can I avoid disease transmission when caring for open wounds?

You can reduce the risk of disease transmission by washing your hands immediately after giving first aid, avoiding direct contact with blood, and using appropriate protective barriers. All of these are universal precautions. (This answer provided for NATA by the Eastern Kentucky University Athletic Training Education Program.)

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