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OSHA Blood-borne Pathogens Standard: Management of Exposure to Blood-borne Pathogens

Author: Dana Bartlett, BSN, MSN, MA, CSPI

CE: 1.5 hours
Rated 4.7 out of 5.0 based on 7245 reviews

Course Summary

Healthcare workers are continuously exposed to hazards of blood-borne pathogen transmission. Many bacteria and viruses may be transmitted to healthcare workers by needlesticks, sharps injury, or splash contact. Hepatitis B, hepatitis C, and the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) account for the greatest number of exposures and infections. Important aspects of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standard and information on the management of exposure to blood-borne pathogens are discussed.

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Course Syllabus

  • Introduction
  • Epidemiology Of Exposures To Blood-Borne Pathogens
  • Risk Of Infection After Occupational Exposure
  • How Do Exposures To Blood-Borne Pathogens Occur?
  • The OSHA Blood-Borne Pathogens Standard
  • OSHA Blood-Borne Pathogen Standard
  • Definitions
  • Compliance With The Blood-Borne Pathogens Standard
  • Employers and Employees
  • Managing Exposures To Blood-Borne Pathogens
  • Post-Exposure Treatment And Prophylaxis For Hepatitis B
  • Post-Exposure Treatment And Prophylaxis For Hepatitis C
  • Post-Exposure Treatment And Prophylaxis For HIV
  • Special Situations
  • Summary


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