Bloodborne Pathogens - Learn proper prevention & response.
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What’s In This Bloodborne Pathogens Certificate Course?
- Learn the bloodborne pathogens standards
- Learn how to prevent workplace transmissions
- Learn the requirements and use of Personal Protection Equipment (PPE)
- Techniques for reducing risk of exposure
- Learn about warning labels for biohazard containers
- Types of bloodborne pathogens
- Universal precautions
- Learn about hygiene for infection control
Who Should Take This Course?
The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that workers who risk coming in contact with blood or other bodily fluids get certified for bloodborne pathogens. Professions that may use this certification include:
- Doctors and nurses
- Dental Hygienists
- Daycare providers
- Fitness club staff
- Personal trainers
- Medical assistants
- Tattoo artists
- Correctional officers
- Security guards
- Food service workers
- Anyone that comes in contact with bodily fluids or blood
Exposure to Bloodborne Pathogens is More Common Than You’d Think.
Approximately 5.6 million people who work in and around the health care industry risk being exposed to bloodborne pathogens every year. Common bloodborne pathogens include HIV, Hepatitis B, and Hepatitis C—and you can get infected through exposure to an infected person’s blood. Our bloodborne pathogens training online courses will give you the skills and tools needed to prevent infections.
If you work in the healthcare industry or in an associated field, you can’t afford not to get trained in preventing exposure to bloodborne pathogens. But if you need convincing, here are some scary statistics:
- Approximately 20 million people all around the world get infected with Hepatitis B through an unsafe injection in a hospital.
- Syringes still get reused between patients in US hospitals—despite comprehensive campaigns to educate medical staff.
- 35 outbreaks of hepatitis in healthcare facilities were reported between 2008 and 2012. One outbreak can infect thousands; 35 resulted in the exposure of over 100,000 people.
- 94% of hepatitis infections associated with healthcare facilities occurred outside of the hospital.
- 87% of hepatitis B outbreaks in long-term care facilities occurred during assisted blood glucose monitoring.
- Most healthcare staff do not report needlestick injuries in hospital and clinical settings; estimates of underreporting can be as high as 99%.
- Less than 10% of surgeons use blunt-tip suture needles at least 75% of their surgeries, even though they are strongly recommended by the ACS to prevent needlesticks.
A bloodborne pathogen training program online will teach you which types of pathogens can be transmitted via blood and other bodily fluids, which is helpful because more than 20 dangerous pathogens can be transmitted this way. Our bloodborne pathogens certificate classes will teach you how to prevent the spread of bloodborne pathogens and what to do to prevent exposure to infected bodily fluids.
This professional bloodborne pathogen certification course is ideal for anyone who works in a health care setting, even if you do not have a medical background yourself. The more people who have training in preventing the spread of bloodborne pathogens, the safer our hospitals and other medical facilities will be — both for patients and medical staff. When you take our bloodborne pathogens training online — or any of our other AHA-certified curricula — you gain all of the benefits of expert training with the convenience of an online course schedule.
Last updated by Dr. Mary Williams, RN. DC.
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