The first cases of AIDS are reported in the 1980s and the Human Immunodeficiency Virus is identified. Infection control practices are scrutinized and modified. This video examines measures to prevent the spread of bloodborne pathogens.
Studies by OSHA and the CDC result in precaution development. Healthcare facilities must comply with the Bloodborne Pathogens Standard to reduce exposure. The CDC defines what should be treated as infectious.
Barriers are an important strategy to reduce infection exposure. Follow guidelines for using PPE equipment: gloves, face mask/shield, eyewear, protective clothing, and disposable coverings.
Healthcare employers must provide free access to Hepatitis B vaccines for those whose jobs involve exposure to bloodborne infections and information and training to employees. If exposed, follow guidelines in the post-exposure response plan; prophylaxis use may be necessary.
Credits: Preventing Bloodborne Infections: Preventing Transmission, Protecting Yourself
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One effect of the AIDS epidemic was an intensified scrutiny of infection control practices throughout American and world healthcare, particularly practices relating to the transmission of bloodborne pathogens, such as HIV and the hepatitis B and hepatitis C viruses. After intense study by both the CDC and OSHA, new recommendations and mandates brought many changes in healthcare practice to help prevent the spread of these bloodborne infections. This program examines the essential measures you can take to prevent the spread of bloodborne pathogens in the healthcare environment, as well as how to protect yourself in the healthcare workplace. It looks at Universal Precautions and Standard Precautions, discusses post-exposure responses, and demonstrates the use of gloves, eyewear, and gowns for protection against bloodborne infections.
Length: 17 minutes
Copyright date: ©2020
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