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The importance of training for Bloodborne pathogens

08 Jun 2024 2:08 PM | Juan Arechiga

Bloodborne pathogens are microorganisms such as viruses or bacteria that are carried in blood and can cause disease in people. They are we call the likes of malaria, syphilis, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, and Immunodeficiency virus, and many others. Bloodborne pathogen training is critical to reducing the spread of these diseases. The towel you cleaned a customers blood from sneezing could be carrying HIV. Training is fundamental to understanding how to appropriately dispose of said towel.

Identifying possibilities of exposure to Bloodborne pathogens. The most common method of exposure is through mucus membranes and/or breaks in the skin. Things like blood, vomit, and saliva may potentially carry a pathogen. The safe bet is to treat ALL bodily fluids as if they contain a pathogen.

How to prepare? Training allows for baseline methods for treatment and prevention of spread of bloodborne pathogens. Proper disposal and cleanliness is critical and should be a priority in any Bloodborne Pathogen training. These universal guidelines can make the difference between contracting a Bloodborne disease or safely disposing and eliminating any possibility of disease contraction for yourself and/or others around you.

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