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08 Jul 2021 7:12 AM | Anonymous
Being highly skilled when working with bloodborne pathogens is beneficial not just limited to cleaning staff, to the general public as well. It produces you with the knowledge and skills to create a safe environment. It is of importance staff are proficient on the topic for infinite reasons. Cleaners are responsible for containing Bloodborne Pathogens, decontaminating the soiled area to prevent exposure & use appropriate disinfectants. The training of Bloodborne Pathogens can aid in the help of preventing routes of transmission, exposure and spread of infectious disease. Bloodborne pathogens are microorganisms such as virus or bacteria, existing in human blood, that can evoke fatal diseases in humans. Two examples of bloodborne pathogens are Hepatitis B Virus & Human Immunodeficiency Virus. Hepatitis B Virus is a liver disease that causes inflammation of the liver. Half of the public infected do not develop any symptoms until their liver is already damaged. Symptoms of Hepatitis B Virus can take 2-6 months to develop. Human Immunodeficiency Virus attacks the immune system and can lead to AIDS (Aquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome) and the complete breakdown of the immune system. There is no vaccination against AIDS & no proven cure. HIV symptoms may not be present for years after infection. Not only are Bloodborne pathogens transmitted upon contact with infected human blood but other infected bodily fluids as well. The routes of transmission you are likely to come across in your occupation are contaminated sharps, splash or spray to a mucous membrane (mouth or eyes), a contaminated inanimate objects, human bites & needlestick injuries. To prevent exposure, proper handling and disposal of used/soiled items or pathological waste is crucial and based on the assumption all blood, body secretions, are potentially infectious.


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