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Blood Borne Pathogens
Transcript of Blood Borne Pathogens
What we all need to know...
Where do BBP Live?
Who is at risk
Direct risk - health services staff
Situational risk - all other staff
How do we minimize risk?
Follow Universal Precautions
All human blood and certain body fluids are handled as if they are known to be infected with blood-borne pathogens
What are blood borne pathogens?
Blood borne pathogens are infectious microorganisms present in blood that can cause diseases.
This training is required by OSHA every year so we know how to keep ourselves safe.
1. Where blood borne pathogens live
2. Who is at risk for exposure
3. How to minimize risk
4. Universal Precautions
5. What to do if exposed
In the BLOOD -
and other potentially infectious materials
Where does blood sometimes hide at Head Start?
Saliva - dental related situations
Very rarely - Vomit, stool, or urine
do if exposed
Why do I care?
Workers exposed to blood borne pathogens are at risk for serious, life-threatening illnesses.
Cirrhosis of the liver
Weak Immune system
When do we encounter blood at Head Start?
Situations involving accidents/injury
Scratching & picking
During health procedures
work practice controls
Use personal protective equipment
Gloves, masks and barrier devices
Hepatitis A and B are both vaccine preventable
covered by our insurance!
#1 way to stop the spread of disease when done correctly . . .
Follow Universal Precautions ...
After double gloving:
Clean using disposable towels
Disinfect using #5 cleaner
60 second minimum...
Discard soiled items immediately
double bagged and tied close
taken out immediately
Use engineered controls
Single use needles
are the most important protective device you will wear when dealing with bodily fluids in the Head Start setting.
Get yourself to Work Med and follow
Within 24 hours, fill out an employee
accident report and get it to
Nikki or Gaby in HR.
If it is wet and not yours, do not touch it!