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As a certified surgical technologist, bloodborne pathogen exposure was a prevalent concern in my everyday life. Not just during the case, but also during room turnover between cases. After I moved out of the operating room and into surgical technology education, teaching the how's and why's to students became even more important. In teaching them how to protect themselves, they are protecting all of their surgical team mates and ancillary department team mates.
Now that I have branched out in my career and am directly responsible for employee training, bloodborne training is crucial for employee safety. Training protocols, employee checkoff's, continuing education programs, and providing PPE that will keep employees safe are a critical component within the workplace and client environment. Short cuts are not an option when it comes to employee safety.
Personal Protective Equipment PPE) is only effective if the employee is properly trained on how to apply it correctly and if they understand why they have to be donned the way they are. Another component is properly removing PPE. If the employee doesn't properly remove and dispose of the contaminated PPE, they have exposed themselves and possibly their families to bloodborne pathogens.
The chances of exposure can be greatly decreased by developing training programs and reinforcing that training on a semi-annual basis.
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