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Bloodborne Pathogens: How to Limit Your Risk of Exposure to Bloodborne Pathogens

Bloodborne pathogens are a big risk for those who work in the healthcare field. Viruses and bacteria can easily be transmitted through blood and body fluids, causing a variety of pathogens. Luckily, there are some things you can do to reduce your risk of exposure to pathogens like hepatitis B, hepatitis C, and HIV. Use this information from ServiceMaster Clean to learn about common ways healthcare workers are exposed to pathogens in the workplace, plus tips on how you can limit your risk.


Bloodborne pathogen exposure can happen in a variety of ways, all of which can be dangerous to your health. Common ways people in the healthcare field get exposed include:

  • Direct contact with infected blood.在直接接触期间,可以通过入口部位传递来自一个人的感染血液或身体流体。

  • Indirect contact with infected blood.This occurs when a person touches an object that contains infected blood or bodily fluids. This may happen while picking up wound dressings, cleaning an area, or testing blood improperly.

  • Respiratory droplet transmission.当工作人员吸入通过喷嚏,咳嗽或类似功能感染的人的液滴时发生这种情况。

  • Vector-borne transmission.This occurs when a person is infected via an indirect source or carrier like a bug bite.



  • Avoid contact with blood and body fluids whenever possible.

  • 在提供护理时始终戴一次性手套,即使是非常快速,轻微的程序。

  • 拆下手套而不接触手套的污染部分并在适当的容器中处理它们。

  • Wear protective coverings like eyeglasses, masks, and a gown when providing care.

  • 在医疗保健能力工作时,始终覆盖切割和刮擦,即使您没有执行程序。

  • Wear a CPR mask when giving mouth-to-mouth.

  • Wash your hands before and after providing care. Use hand sanitizer when conditions do not allow for washing with warm water and soap.

  • 使用SHARPS处理容器用于使用的针头。

  • Disinfect all equipment that may have come into contact with blood or body fluids.



  • Have staff members read up on bloodborne pathogen information.疾病控制和预防的中心(CDC)列表resources on bloodborne pathogensto help your team refresh their knowledge.

  • 请员工服用血腥的病原体测验。These can help you better understand their current knowledge of policies and procedures so that you can enact better training programs.

  • Update the bloodborne pathogen exposure control plan at your facility.TheOccupational Safety and Health Administration(OSHA) requires employers to have a written plan that outlines what protective measures they will take to reduce exposure incidents. It is also required to make this information available to all employees.

Bloodborne pathogens are a serious concern in the healthcare industry. By following protocol, you can protect yourself from accidental transmission of bloodborne pathogens and other common pathogens found in healthcare settings.

For extra protection, call ServiceMaster Clean. Our01manbetx 协助风险reduction, infection control and prevention, and environment improvement while using best practices and procedures published by the leading industry organizations. Contact us today to discover how we can help you mitigate bloodborne pathogen exposure in your facility.


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