Bloodborne Pathogens (BBP): A Refresher

Bloodborne Pathogens (BBP): A Refresher

Bloodborne Pathogens (BBP): A Refresher

Bloodborne Pathogens (BBP): A Refresher

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OSHA
Bloodborne pathogens (BBP) are infectious microorganisms present in human blood and can cause and spread disease in humans. Workers in numerous occupations, including healthcare personnel, may be at risk for exposure to bloodborne pathogens. The CDC estimates that 5.6 million employees working in health care and related occupations are at risk for occupational exposure to BBPs. This course will serve as a refresher on bloodborne pathogens. You’ll learn about who is at risk for infection, how the infection is spread, and how you can protect yourself and others from BBP exposure. This includes topics such as learning about common bloodborne pathogens, routes of exposure, how an infection is spread, best practices for avoiding exposure to bloodborne pathogens, hand hygiene, proper sharps disposal, and personal protective equipment. By understanding the basics of bloodborne pathogens, healthcare workers can minimize the risk of BBP exposure in the workplace.

COURSE INFORMATION

Alex Brewer, PharmD, MBA60 minValid for 12 monthsCreated 2018-07-18Updated 2020-10-13

Course Objectives

  • Define bloodborne pathogens (BBPs)
  • Identify the three most common BBPs
  • List professions at-risk for BBP infection
  • List the three conditions necessary for an infection to occur
  • Distinguish how BBPs can and cannot be spread
  • Describe methods for preventing BBP infection.

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