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Hepatitis C Risk for Pedicure/Manicure
06-14-2011, 06:56 AM
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Hepatitis C Risk for Pedicure/Manicure
There is still a theoretical risk of transmission through manicure/pedicure equipment-
essentially any item which might have infected blood on it. To date, there have been no
reported cases of transmission from sharing pedicure or manicure equipment.

Still, all instruments used for foot and/or hand care should be cleaned followed by
sterilization with steam under pressure, or dry heat, 6-25percent hydrogen peroxide,
peracetic acid, chlorine dioxide, or 6-8percent formaldehyde. All items in contact with the blood stream,
non-intact skin or membranes must be sterilized. For more information on cleaning and disinfecting,
please refer to the Public Health Agency of Canada’s Infection Control Guidelines on Hand Washing,

Cleaning, Disinfection and Sterilization in Health Care (PDF Version) , and the Infection Control Guidelines

Preventing the Transmission of Bloodborne Pathogens in Health and Public Services Settings
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