Foreign Body


Definition - What does Foreign Body mean?

A foreign body is an item that is lodged inside or ingested in the body that is not natural. Foreign bodies can include things like splinters, which merely cause discomfort, to something lodged in the body, such as a piece of pipe, which can be fatal. Often foreign bodies will be unclean, so it is important to be keep up to date with tetanus vaccinations.

Safeopedia explains Foreign Body

It is important to take extreme care when dealing with foreign objects in the human body. A common injury in the building profession is accidental swallowing of nails and screws, which may cause ripping of the esophagus. With most injuries that involve foreign bodies, it is important to seek help from a medical professional for removal. As with puncture wounds, it is important to ensure that the wound is cleaned thoroughly, as infection is more likely in injuries that involve the breaking of the skin.

This definition was written in the context of Environmental, Health, and Safety
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