Bloodborne Pathogens Standard (02:27)
After the HIV epidemic, new recommendations and mandates were created based on studies done by the CDC and OSHA. This segment briefly summarizes content covered earlier in the series and introduces the content that will be covered.
Engineering Controls (03:48)
OSHA required the adoption of safer needle devices to reduce accidental blood exposures. The FDA established several needle safety features. Studies have shown a reduction in accidental needle sticks in non-surgical healthcare workers.
Work Practice Controls (06:36)
Exposure control plans have changed the way some tasks are completed to minimize chances of contact with blood or contaminants. The include rules about handling used needles, disposing of sharps, handling lab materials, eating and drinking in designated areas, handling linens, cleaning blood spills, sterilizing instruments, and disposing of contaminated waste.
Hand Hygiene (03:08)
The latest CDC guidelines recommend decontamination before and after direct contact with a patient, after removing gloves, after touching equipment or surfaces, and before performing invasive procedures. Use of an alcohol based hand sanitizer is the preferred method. Wash hands with soap using proper technique before starting a shift or when hands are visibly soiled.
Credits: Preventing Bloodborne Infections: Engineering Controls and Work Practice Controls (00:52)
Credits: Preventing Bloodborne Infections: Engineering Controls and Work Practice Controls
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