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Bloodborne Pathogens

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Bloodborne pathogens are infectious microorganisms in human blood that can cause disease in humans. These pathogens include, but are not limited to, hepatitis B (HBV), hepatitis C (HCV), and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Needlesticks and other sharps-related injuries may expose workers to bloodborne pathogens. Workers in many occupations, including first responders, housekeeping personnel in some industries, nurses, and other healthcare personnel, all may be at risk for exposure to bloodborne pathogens.

Please talk to your supervisor to receive this training, covered by Positive Outlooks, LLC. 

It is the policy of Positive Outlooks, LLC. that no employee administers any medications via injection, draws blood, finger prick or utilizing any device that utilizes sharp objects on a client. 

Key Points: 

  • Diabetic testing may only be done in rare cases, by trained skilled support staff, with supervisor pre-approval.

  • Employees that utilize EpiPens must be certified to use an EpiPen. 

  • Medications administered to clients utilizing needles/injections should be done by the client, the family, or a professional nursing agency. 

  • All employees must follow proper safety procedures when handling urine, feces, or wounds. 

  • No support staff should be disposing or removing hazmat or hazardous materials used by medial professionals such as visiting nurses.

  • The client is responsible for the removal or cleanup of blood.

  • Open wound care must be done by a professional nurse or physician.

  • Support staff personnel are not to treat or diagnose wounds.

  • Specifically trained support staff can assist clients with changing the dressing on wounds as prescribed by wound care professionals during regular hygiene care. However, they must follow all proper PPE guidelines and safety procedures to not only protect themselves but to protect the client's wound from infection. 

  • Employees and support staff should cover any open wounds they have prior to working near a client or within a client's home. They must dispose of any dressing or soiled bandages properly without risking exposure to a client.

  • Employees are to treat all bodily fluids as potentially hazardous and must use proper PPE. 

  • Employees or support staff with uncontrolled or uncontrollable wounds or bleeding or puss/infection should not report to work.

  • Employees must utilize proper handwashing techniques or sanitizer use before and after touching the client or client's personal items. 

  • Employees that are not following proper procedures to prevent bloodborne illnesses to their clients, themselves or others will be removed from their scheduled shifts immediately out of safety and precaution, and it will be investigated. Employees risk immediate termination.

Recommended Vaccinations to prevent or reduce the risk of catching and spreading common workplace diseases: 

  • Hep A & B Vaccine. The term hepatitis means liver infection.

  • Influenza. Influenza is a form of viral infection that affects an individual's respiratory tract — your nose, throat, and lungs.

  • MMR vaccine.

  • Varicella Vaccine (Chickenpox) or Shingle Vaccine

  • DTaP and Tdap vaccines (Tetanus/Diphtheria/Pertussis)

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