Toolbox - Bloodborne Pathogens/Infectious Disease

protected healthcare workerFor those working in health care settings or in settings that bring them into frequent contact with bodily fluids, it’s important to take proper precautions to minimize the risk of being exposed to infectious disease and bloodborne pathogens.

Recent news highlights the increased threat that all people face from infectious disease and bloodborne pathogens:

  • The World Health Organization (WHO) recently released its first report on antibiotic resistance saying that it presents a “serious, worldwide threat to public health” and that without action, the world is headed for a “post-antibiotic world in which common infections and minor injuries which have been treatable for decades can once again kill.” Antibiotic resistance was seen in seven different bacteria responsible for diseases such as bloodstream infections, diarrhea, pneumonia, urinary tract infections and gonorrhea.
  • The WHO report follows the CDC report from late 2013 that analyzed antibiotic resistance threats in the U.S and found that more than 2 million people become infected with some form of antibiotic resistant bacteria each year and 23,000 die as a result.’

We encourage you to bookmark this page and share it with others in your organization to review the resources we’ve provided on infectious diseases and bloodborne pathogens (links below), including

  • A guide to infectious disease exposures and control practices
  • The risk of exposure to bloodborne pathogens
  • Diseases and organisms to be aware of in health care settings
  • The risk of flu and other infectious diseases for those working in education and child care settings
  • Tips on handling sharps and avoiding needlestick injuries.
  • The risk of Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) in the workplace
  • Details on the various hepatitis viruses, their risks and tips on preventing their spread

We’re glad to assist our customers in industries related to health and wellness in providing information to help them work safer. As always, please contact your loss control representative with questions or call us at 1-800-258-2667.

Topic: Health Care - Bloodborne Pathogens & Infectious Disease Materials