August 2019

As If: The Case for Trauma as Universal Precaution

When I was in college, I worked at a runaway shelter for teens, where we were constantly cleaning up cuts and scrapes from the latest brawl or dealing with a teen who came in drunk and throwing up-lots of blood, sweat, and worse. This was in the early nineties, in the days of the full-blown AIDS crisis, and it was drummed into all our heads that bodily fluids were to be handled cautiously. We were all trained in universal precautions.