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Top 3 Measures For How to Avoid Indirect Exposure to Bloodborne Pathogens

Bloodborne pathogens are bacteria and viruses that cause innumerable contagious diseases. Some of these diseases have no cure and is life threatening. It has been a challenge to the health sector to figure out ways to prevent the transmission of bloodborne pathogens, to avoid these diseases.

Top hospitals all over the world have taken special measures to avoid such transmission. They have been training their employees and promoting the requirement of bloodborne pathogen training all over the world. This training module not only helps the employees avoid getting exposed to the bloodborne pathogens but also helps them keep a close watch on anything that can risk the transmission.

Careful handling of blood and body related fluids are followed all over. But there are 3 important measures that need to be taken to avoid indirect transmission.

• Careful disposal: Once the medical procedure is done with, all the waste materials are to be disposed. But even disposing them is a high-risk process. Simply throwing them in the garbage is a bad idea. It can spread diseases if somebody touches those materials used in the operation, even by mistake. Bloodborne pathogens don’t die when removed from the human body. They remain active and in search of an entrance to transmit. Therefore, materials such as needles, gloves, operating knifes, and other infected things need to be put in containers and then disposed. There are certain bags available, which are used to dispose such infected items to avoid direct or indirect contact with them. Such bags should be used for disposing of blood and body wastes.

• Appropriate tagging: Appropriately tagging the containers is an important task. It helps recognize the materials inside the container. And if marked correctly and carefully, it will guide the user as to what is to be done with the material kept in the container. If it is a dangerous material, you can also use signs and symbols to communicate that. This is caution the employees whoever will be handling the material. Liquids need to be locked in the containers very carefully. Containers or tubes need to be double-checked before storing liquid in them for any leaks or breaks. Some of these infected materials are also stored to study them or to perform tests on them. And there is a particular temperature that they need to keep in. Food items should not be stored along with these materials. They might transmit some odor through which the bloodborne pathogens can get transmitted to the food items.

• Proper sanitization: This is one point, which is generally ignored. It is very vital to keep the health centers clean and regularly sanitized. It is one of the best ways to prevent direct or indirect exposure to the bloodborne pathogens. Training teaches the proper way to wash hands and handling of materials during procedures etc. It also trains the employees about sanitization during accidental exposure.

Research has shown that many accidents occur due to lack of safety precautions being followed in health sectors. A certified training in bloodborne pathogen helps the employees recognize the role these measure play in avoiding direct and indirect transmission.

For more information, please visit our Bloodborne pathogens website.

For more information, please visit our Bloodborne pathogens website.

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