Bloodborne pathogens are known as the microorganisms or bacteria living within the human blood that can also be found in body fluids. These tiny organisms can cause severe illnesses and could eventually lead to death.

Avoiding exposure to bloodborne pathogens is important to prevent the transmission from one person to another. BBPs can be transmitted through parenteral exposure, sexual contacts, and mucous membranes. That is why infected needles can be the source of bloodborne pathogen transmission.

So, how can you prevent this transmission? It is highly advised to clean the BBPs while ensuring your own safety. Below are the following safety tips when cleaning exposed areas:

  • Put on the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE). Your PPE depends on the level of your exposure to bloodborne pathogens.
  • Use towels that are absorbent in wiping up blood or other blood-containing materials. Since the OSHA’s universal precaution means that you should treat blood and OPIM as if they are infected by bloodborne pathogens, cleaning up the blood in the materials is necessary.
  • Remove any sharp objects by using forceps, tongs, or dustpans and place it in the appropriate container. Note that using your bare hands is very risky because the broken shards might be infected by bloodborne pathogens.
  • Spray disinfectant on the contaminated area. Let it sit for a few minutes afterward. Using disinfectants can kill the bloodborne pathogens present in the contaminated area.
  • Dry the sprayed area with absorbent towels. Just like the second step, absorbent towels are necessary for cleaning the contaminated area.
  • Lastly, dispose the used cleaning materials as well as the personal protective equipment. Make sure you throw them in the designated waste containers. This is the last, yet very important part of cleaning up the bloodborne pathogens. It is a vital act to dispose the used materials and equipment as neglecting to do so may cause an outbreak of bloodborne pathogens as soon as several individuals make contact with it. Putting it in the designated container is also important so others are notified about the dangerous disposed materials.

Key Takeaway

Keeping yourself healthy by avoiding the risk factors of having bloodborne pathogens is indeed an important thing that one should always remember, especially when you are exposed to an environment wherein these dangerous microorganisms are present.

The safety tips mentioned are crucial in cleaning up infected materials to reduce the chance of exposure. To learn more about the proper cleaning of bloodborne pathogens, enroll in the American Health Care Academy’s (AHCA) bloodborne pathogens course. Visit cpraedcourse.com to obtain more information and register for the course.


October 31, 2017 Safety Tips0

It’s that time of the year again. Kids dressed as little goblins, beautiful princesses, and costumes never seen before will be trick or treating tonight!  Several cobweb, pumpkin, and jack-o lantern decorations will flood the whole neighborhood. American Health Care Academy wishes everyone a very Happy Halloween filled with king-size candy bars, laughs, and safe spooks!

Remember to follow these safety tips to increase safety for everyone out tonight.

Prep for Trick or Treating:

  1. Make sure your child brings along any light-up materials that they can use while wandering the streets.
  2. Put reflective tape or stickers on the child’s costume or baskets.
  3. Decorate baskets with neon colors so it can still be seen in the dark.
  4. Select costumes that are just the right size – not too big and not too small to decrease the risk of falling and increase comfort through the night.
  5. If possible, use face paint and other accessories instead of masks. Masks can hinder a child’s vision causing them to trip or fall.

During Trick or Treating:

  1. If your child is 12 years old or younger, he/she should have at least one guardian accompanying them in the neighborhood.
  2. If kids are trick or treating in groups, remind them to stay within their group, and not go elsewhere.
  3. Use crosswalks and sidewalks.
  4. Keep a good watch out for cars.
  5. Adults drive slow and put away all distractions. Look out for people.

Halloween should be about spooks and fun, not accidents and injuries. With our courses and certifications, we, at American Health Care Academy promote safety in every individual. Always remember, a safe Halloween is a Happy Halloween!

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