Bloodborne pathogens are microorganisms found in human blood and bodily fluids. These pathogens can infect people and spread various kinds of diseases. The virus that causes AIDS is one of the most notorious bloodborne pathogens. Hepatitis B, Hepatitis B, and the Ebola virus are also some of the most common infections that are spread through bloodborne pathogens.
Ways To Protect YourselfDevelopments and studies from bloodborne pathogens news identify the most common ways they are spread. These include sexual transmission and intravenous drug use. However, exposure to contaminated blood or bodily fluids also raises the danger of infection. While these microorganisms can't live long outside the body, they could thrive in bodily fluids longer. Though immediate infection is unlikely to occur, bloodborne pathogens may enter the human body through any mucosal membrane, and even through minor scrapes or wounds. Therefore, it's essential to comprehend the dangers associated with bloodborne infections and the precautions that may be taken to avoid exposure. The following measures may help protect you from bloodborne pathogens:
- Consider All Fluids To Be Infectious
- Use Personal Protective Equipment
- Follow Handwashing Protocols
- Clean Up The Right Way
- Use Safe Disposal Practices
What Do If You Have Been ExposedDespite your best efforts, you may still come into contact with blood or other fluids in various ways. If you believe you've been in contact with blood or any bodily fluid, you must act immediately. Here's what you should do in case of exposure:
- Clean Or Disinfect The Area
- Seek Medical Assistance
- Make Sure The Exposure Stops With You
ConclusionThere's no way to fully prevent possible contact with bloodborne pathogens and infections, much more so if you work in an environment where occupational exposure is possible. However, you can minimize infection by properly protecting yourself using the steps above. Protecting yourself means protecting others as well.Disclaimer: The statements, opinions, and data contained in these publications are solely those of the individual authors and contributors and not of Credihealth and the editor(s).