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Standard Precautions: Bloodborne Pathogens and Other Potentially Infectious Materials

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

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:

  • List important bloodborne pathogens and how they are spread, thereby increasing the risk for disease transmission to healthcare workers.
  • Explain critical safeguards against bloodborne pathogen exposure that will improve healthcare worker safety.
  • Discuss the appropriate actions to take to increase your safety in the event of an exposure to a bloodborne (or other) pathogen.