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Importance of Knowing About Bloodborne Pathogens

13 May 2022 9:02 PM | Vance Minter

What you do not know can cause you harm or possibly kill you. This is especially true when it comes to bloodborne pathogens. It is extremely important that all staff and cleaning personnel need to know about bloodborne pathogens and what to do when exposed. 

Unfortunately, you cannot see bloodborne pathogens with the naked eye. In some cases, they can live on surfaces for days. HIV, HBV and HCV are examples bloodborne pathogens. Transmation of these and other bloodborne pathogens can be prevented by following precautions. When coming in contact with any bodily fluid make sure you take universal precautions. Treat every encounter as a possibility of the presence of bloodborne pathogen. Always wear PPE. Disposable gloves, mask, and gown is great for protection if worn properly.  Also, make sure you properly wash your hands with soap and water afterwards. 

Also, properly dispose of any needles into designated sharps containers. This will cut down on the chances of transmission from a dirty needle. If your skin is punctured, wash the wound with soap and water and seek medical attention. Always follow up and take plan of care very seriously, because infections take time to show up in your system. 

As you can see, it is important for everyone to know about bloodborne pathogens. You never know what blood is infected or not, an infection does not show right away, and virus can live on surfaces for days if not properly cleaned up. Fortunately, if universal precautions are taken and wash your hands, you can cut down on the chances of transmission.  


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