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:
- Your coworkers
- Your patients
- Your family
You will learn how to:
- Work safely with blood and body fluids
- Protect against exposure to bloodborne pathogens