Healthcare: Bloodborne Pathogens SS14025AE (28 Min.)

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There are currently no treatments that are effective in controlling Hepatitis B or relieving is symptoms.
"Standard Precautions" require that all human blood and other body substances should be handled as if they are known to be infectious.
One of the most critical issues in any Exposure Control Plan is reducing the risk of "needlesticks" and other "sharps" injuries.
Contaminated sharps, such as needles, scalpel blades and broken glass, are not considered to be "Regulated Waste".
"Safe work practices" reduce the potential for exposure to bloodborne pathogens by focusing on the safest ways you can perform various tasks.
If a piece of equipment is contaminated with blood or other body substances, a biohazard label must be affixed to it immediately.
Disposable gloves can be reused safely if they have been cleaned and decontaminated.
Vaccination can help to prevent exposure to bloodborne pathogens.
OSHA requires that you sign a form declining vaccination if you are at risk of infection from Hepatitis B and choose not to be vaccinated against it.
If employees are careful enough, "needlesticks", blood leakage and spill incidents can be completely eliminated in a healthcare facility.