Other Potentially Infectious Material (OPIM): Definition & Transmission


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Microorganisms like bacteria or viruses that cause infections in the body are referred to as _____.

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1. Which of the following diseases is not transmitted via bloodborne pathogens?

2. Which of the following is a potentially infectious material (PIM) other than blood?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and worksheet offer you the chance to review what you know about infectious materials and how they are passed from person to person. You'll review common microorganisms and diseases they cause.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use this quiz and worksheet to review what you know about:

  • Microorganisms that cause infections
  • Diseases that are spread through infectious material
  • Potentially infectious materials
  • Tools a healthcare worker uses to stay safe

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - see if you can recall the fluids responsible for transmitting infections
  • Knowledge application - revisit what you know about infectious material to answer a question about diseases that can be spread by microorganisms
  • Making connections - check what you know of infectious materials to understand what healthcare workers do to prevent risks to their own health

Additional Learning

Explore this topic in greater detail in the provided lesson, Other Potentially Infectious Material (OPIM): Definitions & Transmission. The lesson offers an overview of:

  • What PIM and OPIMs are
  • Definitions of key related terms
  • Complete list of fluids that transmit disease
  • Ways someone can come in contact with pathogens
  • What to do if you're exposed