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Bloodborne Pathogens and Safety
Transcript of Bloodborne Pathogens and Safety
This agency requires that all employees undergo safety training to protect against blood borne pathogens.
Blood borne pathogens are diseases that can be transmitted through the contact of contaminated blood.
Exposures to blood and other body fluids occur across a wide variety of occupations. Health care workers and other workers can be exposed to blood through needle stick and other sharps injuries, mucous membranes, and skin exposures.
The pathogens of primary concern are the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), hepatitis B virus (HBV), and hepatitis C virus (HCV).
MED LAB I PROJECT
- An inflammatory illness of the liver that is spread through contact of contaminated blood
- A viral disease of the liver that is contracted through the contact of contaminated blood
- A virus that causes the human immune system to progressively weaken. This eventually leads to AIDS which causes sever damage to the immune system.
- A bacterium that lives on the surface of the skin and inanimate objects that can become serious and infect the body if it enters through open wounds and enters the blood.
Universal Standard Precautions- precautions in infection control that tells you to treat all human blood and other potentially infectious materials as if they were contaminated.
Health care workers are to wash their hands before and after any contact with patients, any procedures, and contact with any bodily fluids.
Health care workers are also required to wear the appropriate PPEs ( Personal Protective Equipment) during any procedure.
In order to reduce or eliminate the hazards of occupational exposure to blood borne pathogens, an employer must implement an exposure control plan for the work site with details on employee protection measures.
Protect yourself against blood borne pathogens you must wear your Personal Protective Equipment when handling blood and any other body fluids.
Correct use and disposal of needles can also prevent infection.
Blood borne Pathogens and Safety
MED LAB I
PERIOD 5 & 6
Workers and employers are urged to take advantage of available safety training programs and work practices to prevent exposure to blood and other body fluids.