Bloodborne Pathogens

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Introduction:
The eyecare environment, though generally considered sterile and non-threatening, still provides an opportunity for bloodborne pathogen transmission. The danger exists in when we “let our guard down” and do not exercise caution in the way we interact with patients and co-workers on a daily basis. It is our shared responsibility to employ Universal Precautions in our workplace, to follow safety protocol, and to keep ourselves protected from precarious situations that could lead to unnecessary exposure. This course will survey three of the most common bloodborne pathogens, and how we, as eyecare professionals, should be prepared to interact with these patient types on a daily basis. The reader will also learn about various personal protective equipment and waste disposal methods. More than being an ineffectual survey of bloodborne pathogens, this course was designed to engage the reader to contemplate their current preparedness and to assess their risk level for daily patient interactions.

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of this course, the participant should be able to: understand what a bloodborne pathogen is and understand the three main pathogens; learn about various personal protective equipment and their proper use and wear; survey various Universal Precautions, work practice controls, and engineering controls; recognize the importance for continuous bloodborne pathogen training as an eye care professional.