If a healthcare worker, you’re at risk of exposure bloodborne pathogens on the job; Hepatitis B virus(HBV), hepatitis C virus (HCV), and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). The following are some precautions that can be used. These however do not take the place of a blood borne pathogen course.
- Make sure to use personal Protection equipment PPE.
- Make sure it fits properly.
- Check for flaws or damage.
- Remove and dispose of PPE before leaving work area.
- Cover cuts before wearing.
- Use single-use, disposable.
- Change gloves between patients.
- If it tears or becomes contaminated, remove and discard.
- When removing never touch the outside.
- Wash hands after removing.
- Wear along with eye protection to protect from splatters.
- Wear to protect clothing or skin from exposure.
Cap and Shoe Covers
- Wear when large amounts of blood are anticipated.
Emergency respiratory devices and pocket masks
- Wear when resuscitating patients to isolate from body fluids.
- Keep them where most needed.
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