Spit-kits to be made available

Spit Kit

Being spat at in the course of your frontline duties is a most disgusting act of aggression.  Spit that lands on your body or your uniform is a physical assault and should be reported as such.

The local security management specialist (LSMS) has been working behind the scenes to get spit collection kits introduced on to every front line/patient facing vehicle. These are currently on order and will hopefully be in use in the coming weeks.

The benefit of having this kit is that as soon as someone has spat at you, a sample can be taken under PACE (Police and Criminal Evidence Act) conditions.  This specimen will then be accepted in court as evidence and hopefully will lead to more prosecutions of offenders.

Work has been on-going with the local crime scene investigators at our six county constabularies who have all agreed to process any specimens taken under specific conditions. 

The instructions for using the kit are simple and easy to follow and are contained in each kit for ease of reference (A PDF version is attached below). 

Should you be subject to a person spitting at or on you, please use this kit to assist in the pursuit of offenders by providing effective DNA evidence.

Following an incident where you have been spat on you should :

  • Contact the AOC (if not done so already) and provide a situation report.
  • Ensure you and your colleagues are safe.
  • Open the DNA spit collection kit and follow the instructions provided in the leaflet.
  • Ensure you have followed the correct first aid procedure for spitting:
  • Wash out any contaminated areas
  • Change clothing if contaminated
  • Attend A&E or phone NHS111 if you feel you need further medical advice.
  • The chances of contracting a blood-borne virus from saliva alone are highly unlikely, however, you may have concerns following this incident.  If so, you should contact our occupational health provider or your GP.
  • For further information, see the Infection Prevention and Control Safe Practice Guidelines V6.0 (on East24).

The leaflet will give you full instructions on how to use the spit collection kit and you should follow these carefully so as not to invalidate any evidence.  On the reverse of the leaflet there is a list of all the police stations in the various counties which will accept the specimens.   

Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) 05, which gives information on the use of the kit is also available below, and staff are asked to read and familiarise themselves with it.   

For any further information, please contact Anne Wright, LSMS (anne.wright@eastamb.nhs.uk). 

 

Published 14th July 2020

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