Bloodborne Pathogens Training
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8 AM - 4 PM MST (M-F)
Faculty: Erin Azuse, RN BSN
This IACET accredited online bloodborne pathogens course is designed for anyone working in a setting where they may be exposed to bloodborne pathogens (BBP) or other potentially infections materials, including nurses, physicians, EMTs, dentists, lab workers, tattoo (body) artists, etc. This course will provide you both CDC AND OSHA bloodborne pathogens standards for handling BBP.
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- Define what are BBP
- Identify methods of BBP transmission and prevention
- Compare Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C and HIV Infection
- Explain the concepts of Universal Precautions and Standard Precautions
- List OSHA's BBP Standard
- Review the purpose of personal protective equipment
- Recall the concepts of work practice and engineering controls
- Explain what to do if he/she is exposed to blood or OPIM
This course is designed for all those who work in a setting where they may be exposed to bloodborne pathogens or other infectious material, including those who work in hospitals, primary care facilities, labs, pharmacies, courier services, body art services, etc.
Table of Contents
Bloodborne Pathogens and Universal Precautions Course
Table of Contents for Bloodborne Pathogens Certificate Course:
- BBP and Universal Precautions
- Legal Notice
- Course Objectives
- What is BBP and OPIM?
- Hepatitis B
- Hepatitis C
- Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)
- How are BBPs Transmitted?
- OSHA Universal Precautions and OSHA BBP Standards
- CDC Standard Precautions
- Main Elements of Standard Precautions
- CDC’s Transmission-Based Precautions
- OSHA BBP Standard (29 CFR 1910.1030)
- Complete the Training
- Other Requirements of OSHA’s BBP Standard
- End of Course Exam
- Test and receive BBP Certification (certificate of completion)
Course Content Example 1:
Whenever an individual comes into contact with another person’s blood, infectious materials or certain body fluids, there is potential exposure to BBP.
Two government agencies, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) have created regulations and recommendations to reduce this exposure, especially within the workplace.
Anyone who may anticipate coming into contact with blood or body fluids as part of their job should be aware of what BBP are, how they are transmitted, how they can protect themselves and their employer’s responsibility to provide a safe working environment.
Course Content Example 2:
What are BBPs and Other Potentially Infections Materials (OPIM)?
BBPs are “pathogenic microorganisms that are present in human blood and can cause disease in humans”
- Most common examples include, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, and Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)
- Other body fluids and unfixed human tissue may also possess disease-causing microorganisms, these may be referred to as OPIM
- Urine, Semen, and Saliva are a few common OPIM
- BBPs are most often transmitted through blood-to-blood contact, sexual contact, and drug use involving needles.
- Sharps Injury
Have you ever wondered why you get sick with a cold or the stomach flu?
There are many different causes of diseases, but when you’re speaking about an infectious illness, pathogens are to blame. These often microscopic organisms use humans and animals for survival—at our expense. Our bodies recognize them as dangerous foreign invaders and trigger an immune response.
Want to take action and protect your health? Read on for our simple guide to pathogens that covers all the basics.
Types of Pathogens
Pathogens come in many different forms and can cause a wide range of illnesses. Here are the five main types of pathogens to watch out for and some examples of each:
- Bacteria: simple single-cell organisms that can release toxins and damage tissue. Includes E. coli, staphylococcus, and pneumococcus
- Viruses: non-living microbe that invades and destroys host cells. Includes influenza, HIV, and the novel coronavirus
- Fungi: releases spores that spread through soil, damp surfaces, and direct contact. Includes ringworm and athlete’s foot
- Protists: a diverse group of single-cell organisms. Includes giardia and amoebic dysentery
- Parasites: organisms that live off of and harm their human or animal host. Includes malaria and trichomonas
Now that you know what pathogens are, let’s look closer at how they spread.
Modes of Transmission
Diseases spread from one entity to another when conditions are right for a long enough time. These factors—agent (the pathogen), environment, and host (the person getting sick)—make up what’s called the epidemiologic triad. Along with direct contact between two infected people, here are some other ways to transmit diseases.
- Vehicle-borne: a person has direct contact with a contaminated object
- Droplet: the pathogen gets carried by droplets that spread in the air and on surfaces when an infected person breathes, talks, or coughs
- Airborne: the pathogen travels through the air on dust or aerosol droplets and infects others when they breathe it in
- Bloodborne: the pathogen lives in blood and other bodily fluids, transmission occurs when infected fluids come in contact with damaged skin or mucous membranes
- Zoonosis: an animal infected with a non-human pathogen passes it along to a human
- Vector-borne: an arthropod (mosquito, tick, etc.) bites an infected person, picks up the pathogen, and spreads it by biting healthy people
The more you understand these modes of transmission, the easier it is to keep yourself safe from dangerous pathogens.
Protection Against Pathogens
The best way to protect yourself from infection is to disrupt the epidemiologic triad. You can do that by washing your hands, wearing a mask, and getting vaccinations. You should also make sure to use protection during sex, wash all food carefully, wear bug repellent, and avoid sharing personal items.
The elderly, very young children, and those with a weak immune system should take extra precautions against illness. To protect more vulnerable people from getting sick, make sure to stay home when you don’t feel well.
Understanding This Guide to Pathogens Is an Investment in Your Long-Term Health
Once you have a basic understanding from this guide to pathogens, it’s a lot easier to avoid them. Now, it’s time to teach others about what you’ve learned.
Are you and your colleagues trained on how to avoid infectious diseases? If you work in an environment where you could be exposed to blood or other potentially infectious materials, you need to be prepared. Visit the HIPAA Exams list of compliance courses to sign up for our IACET-certified CDC and OSHA bloodborne pathogen training today.
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