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Standard Precautions and Bloodborne Pathogens

Some organisms that cause disease are carried in a person's blood and other body fluids.

The other body fluids are OPIM (other potentially infectious materials). This topic will be explained in more detail later in the course.

Assume that bloodborne pathogens are also present and infectious in OPIM; apply the same precautions and procedures to all infectious or potentially infectious materials.

Healthcare workers are routinely exposed to the blood and fluids of their patients. They are, therefore, at risk for contracting disease.

This course will help you protect:

  • Yourself
  • Your coworkers
  • Your patients
  • Your family

You will learn how to:

  • Work safely with blood and body fluids
  • Protect against exposure to bloodborne pathogens

Courseware Learning Objectives

After completing this course, you should be able to:

  • Discuss the important bloodborne pathogens and how they are spread, increasing risk to healthcare workers.
  • List important safeguards against bloodborne pathogen exposure that will improve healthcare worker safety.
  • Explain the steps that will increase healthcare worker safety if exposed to a bloodborne pathogen.