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Bloodborne Pathogens

I Introduction

  •  Students experience cuts, bruises, and other injuries
  •  Little thought was given to treatment of these injuries in the past
  •  All school employees are required to know the potential danger of bloodborne pathogens, and must be informed yearly
  • The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued a standard that school systems are required to identify the personnel whose job duties expose them to blood and potentially infectious body fluids.


II. Bloodborne Pathogens (BBP)

  •  HIV (the virus that causes AIDS), HBV (Hepatitis B virus), and HCV (Hepatitis C virus) are microorganisms carried by human blood and other body fluids.


  •  The average number of new cases reported in 2011 by the CDC (Center of Disease Control)

                  HIV: 50,000/year estimated

                  HBV: 18,800/year estimated

                  HCV: 16,500/year estimated


HIV: No cure, no vaccine (attacks the body's immune system)

  •  Flu-like symptoms leading to more serious opportunistic  infections to eventual death
  • Carrier for many years before symptoms occur
  •  Prevention of HIV is through education


HBV: Hepatitis translates to "inflammation of the liver"

  •  Most people suffering from HBV will heal in approximately six month.  Virus can be life threatening. Some people become chronic carriers
  •  Flu-like symptoms 
  •  Asymptomatic until jaundice and more serious symptoms occur
  •  HBV can survive in dried blood on surfaces at room temperature for at least 7 days.
  •  Only blood test can confirm a positive infection
  •  Prevention of HBV through knowledge of methods of protection and immunization

HCV: Most common chronic bloodborne infection in the U.S

  • Primarily transmitted through large amounts or repeated exposure to blood
  • Most people infected are not aware that they are because of being asymptomatic.
  • Infected people can infect others and are at risk for liver disease and other chronic diseases


III. Workplace Transmission

  • Bloodborne pathogens are present in blood and other body fluids containing visible blood, semen, vaginal secretions, torn or loose skin, and potentially in urine, vomit, or stool
  • BBP's can enter your body through open cuts, nicks, abrasions, dermatitis, acne or moist mucus  membranes (mouth, eyes or nose)
  • Potential exposure by cutting yourself with an infected sharp object able to penetrate skin

IV Indirect Transmission of BBP's

  • By touching a contaminated surface and transferring it to your mouth, nose,eyes, or non-intact skin area.


V. Exposure Control Plan

  • OSHA requirement for every workplace
  • ECP outlines who, what, where and when of exposures
  • Report all exposures to the nurse immediately


VI. Reducing the Risk of Exposure

  • Treat all blood and body fluids as if they are potentially infectious.  This is known as Standard Precautions (or Universal Precautions).  This approach is critical, as carriers of BBP may have NO visible signs of their condition.
  • Hand washing:   It is the single most important work practice in preventing the spread of infection.
  • Good hand washing is required after removal of glove


Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)- use it  

  • PPE is not only gloves, it also includes masks, gowns, barriers, cleansing agents for hands and goggles
  • The type of PPE used will vary with the task and the exposure you anticipate


Spills: Call a custodian to clean up any body fluid spills and mark off spill area

Approved personnel only.

  • If you clean up blood or body fluids  Wear appropriate PPE
  •  Use a solution of 1 part bleach to 10 parts of water or 3/4 cup bleach to one gallon of water

VII. Hepatitis B Vaccine

  • System identifies high risk employees and offers the vaccine at no cost
  • The vaccine is offered at a discounted rate to any other employees interested
  • The series can begin within 24 hours of exposure
  • HBV immunization series is very safe and provides excellent protection, however nothing is 100% effective

VIII. Other Concerns

Nose Bleeds

  • Very minor nosebleed:  have student pinch both nostrils with a tissue for a full 5 minutes keeping their head straight and tilted down slightly
  • Major nosebleed:  have student pinch both nostrils with a tissue and report to the nurses office keeping their head straight and tilted down slightly
  • Any blood that had dripped onto desk floor should be reported to the custodian immediately to be cleaned properly

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