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Importance of Knowing about Bloodborne Pathogens

02 Feb 2022 8:23 PM | Deleted user

Bloodborne pathogens are pathogenic microorganisms that are present in human blood and can cause disease in humans. It is important for any employee and staff member to have knowledge about bloodborne pathogens, because knowing how to handle them can make a difference between life and death. 

Most exposure occurs when the pathogen comes in contact with the employees mucus membranes, through nose or mouth, cuts or abrasions, etc. The CDC created a "Universal precautions" approach, essentially stating that blood and certain bodily fluids from ALL patients should be considered potentially infectious, so all precautions must be taken to always protect yourself from bloodborne pathogens. 

Alternative color coding and labeling can help all employees know that compliance with Universal Precautions is required. Always wear protective gear, to keep yourself safe from pathogens, as needles may be present. Always thoroughly wash hands to help prevent infection and spread of disease. OSHA requires that a control plan must be in place at any location where bloodborne pathogens may be present. 


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