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When it comes to medical facilities, It is vital to know the importance of how to and what you need to use to appropriately clean and maintain a clean environment for the safety of patients and staff. In this occupation we are put into circumstances that could cause us to come into contact with blood or other bodily fluids. Employees need to know not only the importance of how to properly clean but also understand the risk of bloodborne pathogens, the risk related to bloodborne pathogens, what to do if exposed to bloodborne pathogens, and the universal precautions per OSHA regulations, and how to appropriately apply them to their work.
Bloodborne pathogens are microorganisms that are present in human blood and can cause diseases in humans. Most exposure to bloodborne pathogens happen when the pathogen comes into contact with the employees mucous membrane through the nose, mouth, or breaks in the skin. The CDC recommends that ALL patients be considered potentially infectious and that infection control precautions be taken to minimize risk of exposure. Good hand washing reduces the spread of infection and disease. It's also essential for employees to know how to protect themselves with personal protective equipment (PPE).
In conclusion, it is vital for staff to have the proper understanding about bloodborne pathogens. The precautions followed for handling these procedures could mean preventing serious illness/death. You can protect yourself from coming into contact with the fluids by following universal precautions.
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