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Bloodborne Pathogen Basics - Chapter Summary
High school and college students currently studying--or interested in--the nursing profession should have a solid background in the subject of bloodborne pathogens. Anyone wishing to learn about this subject in an easy-to-use online format can go through this chapter and review each of the lessons included here. These lessons will cover different topics that nurses and nursing students will need to know when working with bloodborne pathogens.
You can look over these lessons and then use the chapter's practice quizzes to test your knowledge of each topic. Once you have completed all of the lessons, the final chapter exam will serve as a great resource for assessing your understanding of the subject as a whole. You also have the option of messaging the lesson instructors directly, should you wish for further clarification on a particular point. Finally, your personal dashboard serves as a means of tracking your learning progress as you complete each lesson. This chapter contains lessons on topics such as:
- The definition of bloodborne pathogens
- Safety and standard precautions for bloodborne pathogens
- Universal precautions
- Protocol for bloodborne pathogen exposure
- How to prevent bloodborne pathogens
- Types of bloodborne pathogens and diseases they cause
- OSHA and on the job exposure
1. What are Bloodborne Pathogens?
This lesson will define bloodborne pathogens, give you some examples of ones you've likely already heard about, and describe how people are commonly infected.
2. Bloodborne Pathogens: Safety & Standard Precautions
In a hospital setting, there is always a risk of healthcare workers becoming exposed to bloodborne pathogens from patient bodily fluids. Let's review some of the standard precautions used to increase safety in healthcare.
3. Universal Precautions for Bloodborne Pathogens
This lesson will define two important concepts in healthcare; universal precautions and blood-borne-pathogens. An explanation on the use of universal precautions will be provided as well as how to apply them.
4. Bloodborne Pathogens Exposure Control Plan & Protocol
OSHA requires employers to develop and implement exposure control plans to maximize the safety of their employees. In this lesson, we'll learn about exposure control plans and how they are developed and used.
5. Bloodborne Pathogens Transmission
It turns out that bloodborne pathogens can be transmitted through many ways other than blood. If you wish to find out these other modes of transmission, then read this lesson!
6. Prevention of Bloodborne Pathogens
Bloodborne pathogens can be deadly. As a result, you want to do everything you can to prevent their transmission. This lesson goes over many important ways by which you can accomplish this.
7. Types of Bloodborne Pathogens
Bloodborne pathogens come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. Some are super small, like viruses, and others are much bigger, like parasites. Other than viruses and parasites, find out what other types of pathogens are associated with our blood.
8. Diseases Caused by Bloodborne Pathogens
It's convenient to think that bloodborne pathogens spread only through blood, and that they only cause one disease. But this lesson will teach you that neither is true.
9. Occupational Exposure to Bloodborne Pathogens
In this lesson, we will define what an occupational exposure to bloodborne pathogens is. We will also identify how healthcare workers can avoid occupational exposure with training and equipment.
10. OSHA Bloodborne Pathogen Standards
In this lesson, we will briefly examine the Occupational Safety & Health Administration's bloodborne pathogen standards affecting healthcare employers.
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