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Title: Bloodborne Pathogen Training 2010

Bloodborne Pathogen Training2010
  • Advocate Condell EMS System
  • Prepared by Sharon Hopkins, RN, BSN, EMT-P

  • Upon successful completion of this module the EMS
    provider will be able to
  • Define the mission of OSHA
  • Describe what the OSHA Standard was designed for
  • Describe the training program for bloodborne
  • Define bloodborne pathogen
  • Provide an example of potential bloodborne
  • Define the term universal precaution

Objective contd
  • Define the term body substance isolation (BSI)
  • List an example of engineering control
  • List an example of a work place control
  • List PPE products available to use
  • Describe when PPEs should be used
  • Recognize signs or labels that indicate the
    presence of a bloodborne pathogen hazard
  • Describe components of housekeeping and when they
    are performed

Objective contd
  • Describe necessary recordkeeping related to
    bloodborne pathogens
  • Define an exposure incident
  • Review the CMC EMS System Operating Guideline
    (SOG) policy for infection control and exposure
  • Describe the Notification of Significant
    Exposure form and how to complete
  • List routes of exposure to potential BBP

Objective contd
  • List transmission routes of bloodborne pathogens
    in the workplace
  • List factors affecting disease transmission
  • Describe the phases of the infectious process
  • Discuss definition, incubation period,
    transmission route, signs and symptoms, and PPE
    to use for a variety of infectious diseases
  • Successfully complete the post quiz with a score
    of 80 or better

What is OSHA?
  • A federal agency of the US Department of Labor
  • Created by Congress in 1971 under the
    Occupational Safety and Health Act
  • Mission
  • To prevent work-related injuries, illnesses, and

What is NIOSH?
  • National Institute for Occupational Safety and
    Health (NIOSH) created by the OSH Act
  • Functions as a research agency focusing on
    occupational health and safety

What is The Standard?
  • In 1990, OSHA issued a standard (Bloodborne
    Pathogen Standard) designed to prevent healthcare
    workers and others from being exposed to
    bloodborne pathogens such as hepatitis B and HIV

Who does the Standard cover?
  • All employees who could "reasonably
  • contact with blood
  • contact with other potentially infectious
  • while performing their job duties

Compliance with the Standard
  • The Bloodborne Pathogen Standard specifies
    methods that are to be used to minimize the
    transmission of bloodborne pathogens in the work
  • These methods include
  • Universal Precautions
  • Engineering and Work Practice Controls
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Appropriate Housekeeping Measures

  • Employees must be provided information
  • When first assigned a task with potential
  • Repeated annually
  • During work hours
  • When new tasks or procedures are added
  • New exposure risk created must be addressed

Training Requirements
  • Make copy of standard accessible to all
  • Have a general discussion of bloodborne pathogen
    diseases and their transmission
  • Review your departments exposure plan
  • Review how to obtain/view a copy of your
    departments exposure plan 24/7
  • Discuss how to recognize tasks and other
    activities that may involve exposure

Training Requirements contd
  • Discuss the use and limitations of methods for
    protecting or reducing exposure risk
  • Engineering practices
  • Work practice controls
  • PPEs
  • Provide information on the Hepatitis B vaccine
  • Review how to handle a response to an emergency
    involving potential exposure

Training Requirements contd
  • Review the process when an exposure incident
  • Review your departments post exposure program
    and follow-up program
  • Discuss signs, labels, and color-coding used to
    indicate hazards
  • Provide an opportunity to ask questions and
    receive answers

Definition Bloodborne Pathogen
  • Microorganisms that
  • are present in human blood
  • can infect and cause disease in people who are
    exposed to blood containing the pathogen
  • can be transmitted through contact with
    contaminated blood and body fluids

Examples Bloodborne Pathogens
  • Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)
  • Hepatitis B (HBV)
  • Hepatitis C (HCV)
  • Non A, Non B Hepatitis
  • Syphilis
  • Malaria
  • Babesiosis
  • Brucellosis

Examples contd
  • Leptospirosis
  • Arboviral infections
  • Relapsing fever
  • Creutzfeld-Jakob disease
  • Human T-lymphotrophic Virus Type 1
  • Viral hemorrhagic fever

Universal Precautions
  • The concept that all blood and potentially
    infectious materials must be treated as if they
    are known to contain HIV, HBV, or other
    bloodborne pathogens
  • You cant tell if material is or is not
    infectious so treat all materials as if they are

Body Substance Isolation
  • Body Substance Isolation is an alternative
    infection control method in which all body fluids
    and substances are defined as infectious
  • Coverage of the Bloodborne Pathogen Standard
    extended to include all body substances

Controls in Place
  • The objective of engineering controls and work
    practice controls is the same
  • to reduce or minimize employee exposure to
    bloodborne pathogens

Engineering Work Practice Controls
  • Differences
  • One control isolates or removes the hazard from
    the workplace
  • Engineering control
  • One reduces the risk of exposure by altering how
    tasks are performed
  • Work practice control

OSHA Impact
  • OSHA gives precedence to engineering controls,
    where feasible, over work practice controls, as
    stated in a November 1999 compliance directive
  • Enforcement Procedures for the Occupational
    Exposure to Bloodborne Pathogens (OSHA CPL
  • "Where engineering controls will reduce employee
    exposure either by removing, eliminating, or
    isolating the hazard, they must be used."

Implementing Controls
  • To guide selection of proper engineering and work
    practice controls to implement
  • Determine tasks and procedures performed in the
    workplace where occupational exposure may occur
  • Determine which employees are at risk for
    occupational exposure while carrying out their
    normal duties

Engineering Controls
  • Examples
  • labeled sharps disposal containers
  • self-sheathing needles
  • safer medical devices
  • sharps with engineered sharps injury protections
    and needleless systems
  • handwashing facilities
  • antiseptic hand cleanser
  • cleaning supplies and equipment

Work Practice Control
  • Examples
  • Handwashing
  • Prohibiting recapping of needles by a
    two-handed technique
  • Handwashing
  • No eating, drinking, smoking in the ambulance
  • Handwashing
  • Disinfecting equipment and vehicle
  • Handwashing
  • Removing a soiled uniform
  • Handwashing

  • One of the simplest and most effective practices
    used to prevent the transmission of bloodborne
  • Prevents transfer of contamination from your
    hands to other areas of your body, to other
    persons, or to other surfaces you may contact

  • As soon as possible following an occupational
    exposure to blood or other potentially infectious
  • After removal of gloves
  • Before and after every patient contact
  • After toileting
  • Before and after preparing food
  • Before and after eating or smoking
  • After coughing or sneezing into hands or blowing

Handwashing How-to
  • Take off rings
  • Turn on faucet
  • Wet hands
  • Apply soap
  • Scrub your hands - minimum 15 seconds
  • Rinse
  • Dry hands
  • Turn off faucet use paper towel

Scrubbing Your Hands
  • Rub palms and backs of hands
  • Rub your fingers
  • Special attention to thumb and fingertips
  • Interlace fingers
  • Get into web spaces
  • Clean under and around fingernails
  • Rub your wrists
  • Go 2 - 3 inches up forearm

Antiseptic Hand Cleaner
  • Antiseptic hand cleaners may be used as an
    appropriate hand washing practice IF
  • Your gloves remained intact
  • You have had no occupational exposure to blood or
    other potentially infectious materials
  • Material can be left to air dry on your skin
  • Choose product with at least 60 alcohol
  • Washing with soap and running water every time
    you remove your gloves is the recommended

Did You Know?
  • Liquid soap is preferred
  • Bar soap can transfer microorganisms
  • Antimicrobial or plain soap?
  • Plain soap good enough for ordinary washing
  • Antimicrobial is preferred during patient care

Antiseptic Cleanser Precaution
  • Gels contain 60-65 ethanol
  • Same type of product found in beer and wine
  • Beer usually contains 3-6 alcohol
  • Wine generally contains 8-16 alcohol
  • Spirits contain over 40 alcohol
  • A teaspoon or 2 could make a toddler intoxicated
    or give them alcohol poisoning
  • Keep hand sanitizers out of childrens reach
  • Source Illinois Poison Center

Personal Hygiene
  • Personal hygiene involves using good judgment
    when working in areas with the potential for

  • Minimizing splashing, spraying, spattering and
    generation of droplets when attending to an
    injured person.
  • Refraining from eating, drinking, smoking,
    applying cosmetics or lip balms, or handling
    contact lenses where there is a reasonable
    likelihood of occupational exposure.
  • Keeping food or drink away from refrigerators,
    freezers, shelves cabinets or on countertops or
    bench tops where blood or other potentially
    infectious materials are present.
  • Refraining from mouth pipetting/suctioning of
    blood or other potentially infectious materials.

Personal Protective Equipment - PPE
  • The type of protective equipment appropriate for
    your job or research varies with the task and the
    degree of exposure you anticipate

PPE - Gloves
  • Should be made of latex, nitrile, rubber, or
    other water impervious materials
  • If particularly thin or flimsy, double gloving
    can provide an additional layer of protection
  • If you have cuts or sores on your hands, cover
    these with a bandage or similar protection as an
    additional precaution before donning your gloves

  • Always inspect your gloves thoroughly before
    putting them on
  • Never use gloves that are damaged, such as torn
    or punctured
  • Remove contaminated gloves carefully, avoiding
    touching the outside of the gloves with bare skin
  • Dispose of contaminated gloves in a proper

Removing Gloves
  • Grab one glove cuff and pull
    off glove
  • Capture removed glove in other palm
  • Pull off remaining glove by grabbing inside of
  • Pull glove off and over first
    removed glove
  • Dispose of gloves

PPE Eye Protection
  • Bloodborne pathogens can be transmitted through
    the mucous membranes of the eyes.
  • Use eye protection whenever there is a risk of
    splashing or vaporization of contaminated fluid
  • Airway control (ie intubation, suctioning)
  • Cleaning up spills
  • Cleaning equipment

Mask and Face Shields
  • Masks and face shields provide additional
    protection for potential eye, nose, or mouth
  • Used during tasks that may generate blood or
    other potentially infectious materials via
  • Splashes
  • Spray
  • Spatter
  • Droplets

Protective Clothing
  • Appropriate protective clothing such as, but not
    limited to, gowns, aprons, lab coats, clinic
    jackets, or similar outer garments shall be worn
    in occupational exposure situations
  • Type and characteristics will depend upon the
    task and degree of exposure anticipated.

General Guidelines for Personal Protective
Equipment Use
  • Persons should be trained to use the equipment
  • The equipment should be appropriate for the task
    and should fit properly, especially gloves.
  • Equipment should be free from physical flaws that
    could compromise safety.
  • Persons must use appropriate protective equipment
    each time they perform a task involving
    potentially infectious materials.

Employer Responsibilities
  • Issue PPE or make it readily accessible in the
    work area
  • Maintain, replace or dispose of any PPE at no
    cost to employees
  • Employer can provide the engineering controls
  • The employee needs to exercise the work practice
    controls for the process to be effective

Signs, Labels Color Coding
  • Signs and labels in the workplace communicate
    bloodborne pathogen hazards to employees.
  • Warning label must include the universal
    biohazard symbol and the term "biohazard" in a
    color that contrasts with the fluorescent orange,
    orange-red background

Using Warning Labels
  • Warning labels must be affixed to containers of
    regulated waste, refrigerators and freezers
    containing blood or other potentially infectious
    material, and other containers used to store,
    transport, or ship blood or other potentially
    infectious materials.
  • Red bags or red containers can be substituted for

Warning Labels
  • Contaminated equipment which is to be serviced or
    shipped must also have a warning label and a
    statement regarding which portions of the
    equipment remain contaminated.

Research Laboratories
  • HIV and HBV Research Laboratory and Production
    Facilities must have biohazard signs posted at
    the entrance.
  • Signs must also include
  • Name of the infectious agent
  • Special requirements for entering the area
  • Name, telephone number of the laboratory director
    or other responsible person

Cleaning and Decontamination Duties
  • Review product labeling for any special
  • Wear appropriate PPE for task being performed
  • Remove all blood and debris from surface to be
  • Products cant clean the surface if they cant be
    in contact with the surface
  • Allow disinfectant to air dry
  • Leave surface wet 30 seconds for HIV disinfection
  • Leave surface wet 10 minutes for HBV disinfection

Clean Up Involving Blood or Body Fluids
  • Wear appropriate Personal Protective Equipment
  • Carefully cover the spill with absorbent
    material, such as paper towels, to prevent
  • Decontaminate the area of the spill using an
    appropriate disinfectant, such as a solution of
    one part bleach to ten parts water. When pouring
    disinfectant over the area always pour gently and
    work from the edge of the spill towards the
    center to prevent the contamination from
    spreading out.

Clean Up of Spills contd
  • Wait 10 minutes to ensure adequate
    decontamination, and then carefully wipe up the
    spilled material.
  • Be very alert for broken glass or sharps in or
    around the spill.
  • Disinfect all mops and cleaning tools after the
    job is done.
  • Dispose of all contaminated materials
  • Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water
    immediately after the clean up is complete.

Housekeeping and Waste Disposal
  • Keeping the worksite clean and sanitary is a
    necessary part of controlling worker exposure to
    bloodborne pathogens.
  • Cleaning schedules and decontamination methods
    depend on
  • type of surface to be cleaned
  • type of soil that is present
  • particular tasks or procedures that are being

General Housekeeping Guidelines
  • Clean and decontaminate all equipment and working
    surfaces after contact with blood or other
    potentially infectious materials
  • Disinfect contaminated work surfaces, such as
    counters, cots, side rails, B/P cuffs
  • after completing procedures
  • immediately or as soon as feasible if they are
    heavily contaminated or if there has been a spill
    of blood or other potentially infectious
  • at the end of the work shift if the surface may
    have become contaminated since the last cleaning.

Housekeeping contd
  • Inspect and decontaminate bins, pails, cans, and
    similar receptacles intended for reuse which have
    a reasonable likelihood for becoming contaminated
    with blood or other potentially infectious
    substances on a regularly scheduled basis.
  • Clean and decontaminate receptacles immediately
    or as soon as feasible upon visible

Cleaning Glucometers
  • Clean surface when visible blood or body fluids
    are present
  • Wipe with a cloth dampened with soap and water to
    remove any visible organic material
  • If no visible organic material is present,
    disinfect exterior surfaces after each use
    following the manufacturers directions
  • Use a cloth/wipe with either an EPA-registered
    detergent/germicide with a tuberculocidal HBV/HIV
    label claim, or a dilute bleach solution of 110
    (one part bleach to 9 parts water) to 1100

Cleaning Glucometers
  • Alcohol should never be used because it can
    damage the light emitting diodes (LED) readout
  • Can cause fogging" of the plastic screens
  • All manufacturers caution that having the cloth
    too saturated with appropriate cleaning product
    could allow liquid to get inside the glucometer
    and cause damage
  • Screens and ports currently are not sealed on
    these devices.

Handling and Disposing of Broken Glassware
  • Do not pick broken glassware up directly with
    your hands.
  • Use items such as a brush and dust pan, tongs, or
    forceps to clean up glassware.
  • Sterilize broken glassware that has been visibly
    contaminated with blood with an approved
    disinfectant solution before disturbing it or
    cleaning it up.
  • Dispose of decontaminated glassware in an
    appropriate sharps container. Sharps containers
    should be closable, puncture-resistant,
    leak-proof on sides and bottom, and appropriately
  • Dispose of uncontaminated broken glassware in a
    closable, puncture resistant container such as a
    coffee can.

Waste Disposal
  • Regulated waste refers to
  • Any liquid or semi-liquid blood or other
    potentially infectious materials
  • Contaminated items that would release blood or
    other potentially infectious materials in a
    liquid or semi-liquid state if compressed
  • Items that are caked with dried blood or other
    potentially infectious materials and are capable
    of releasing these materials during handling
  • Contaminated sharps
  • Pathological and microbiological wastes
    containing blood or other potentially infectious

  • Medical records must be kept for each employee
    with occupational exposure for the duration of
    employment plus 30 years, must be confidential
    and must include name and social security number
    hepatitis B vaccination status (including dates)
    results of any examinations, medical testing and
    follow-up procedures a copy of the healthcare
    professional's written opinion and a copy of
    information provided to the healthcare

Recordkeeping contd
  • Medical records must be made available to the
    subject employee, and anyone with written consent
    of the employee, but they are not to be available
    to the employer.

Recordkeeping contd
  • Training records must be maintained for three
    years and must include dates, contents of the
    training program or a summary, trainer's name and
    qualifications, names and job titles of all
    persons attending the sessions.

Exposure Incidents
  • An exposure incident is an event resulting from
    the performance of an employee's duties in which
    there has been
  • A percutaneous injury involving a potentially
    contaminated needle or other sharp
  • A splash of blood or other potentially infectious
    materials to the eyes, mouth, or mucous membranes
  • Blood or other potentially infectious materials
    contacting broken skin

Potential Exposure
  • An occupational exposure should always be
    considered an urgent medical concern to ensure
    timely postexposure management and administration
    of hepatitis B immune globulin (HBIG), hepatitis
    B vaccine, and/or HIV post-exposure prophylaxis
  • If you are injured or exposed, tell your
    supervisor immediately. Your supervisor is
    responsible for reporting your injury correctly.

Advocate CMC EMS System Policy
  • Notification of significant exposure is to be
    reported immediately to the receiving hospital
  • Complete Notification of Significant Exposure
  • Leave in sealed envelope for EMS coordinator
  • The ED MD on duty will advise the appropriate
    medical follow-up or need for consultation with
    private physician

EMS System Policy contd
  • Follow-up fees responsibility of the provider
  • If ED care is rendered to the provider, they must
    sign-in as a patient in the ED
  • Guarantees proper documentation the incident and
    of care rendered

Notification of Significant Exposure Form
  • Fill in information in the 1st four columns as
    completely as possible
  • Check all means of exposure that apply
  • Provide information on the type and brand of
    device, if involved
  • Receiving hospitals in Illinois are required to
    notify ambulance providers if a patient has been
    diagnosed as actively contagious
  • Notification made within 72 hours of diagnosis

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  • Early treatment can significantly reduce the
    chance of disease transmission!

Postexposure Prophylaxis
  • The U.S. Public Health Service (PHS) has
    published Guidelines for the Management of
    Occupational Exposures to HBV, HCV, and HIV and
    Recommendations for Postexposure Prophylaxis",
    which can be accessed at http//

  • Disease causing organisms
  • Microscopic in nature
  • Can be part of the normal flora or pathogenic
    (able to cause disease)
  • Bacteria
  • Viruses
  • Fungi
  • Protozoa
  • Parasites

Routes of Exposure
  • Bloodborne
  • HIV, HBV, HCV, syphilis
  • Airborne
  • TB, influenza, common cold, RSV, chickenpox
  • Droplet
  • Influenza, meningitis, measles, mumps, rubella,
    chickenpox (varicella)
  • Fecal-oral
  • HAV, food poisoning
  • Note Multiple diseases could be airborne and/or

Disease Transmission
  • Direct contact
  • Person to person
  • Physical transfer of microorganisms
  • Coughing, sneezing, kissing, sexual contact,
    contact with blood or body fluid
  • Indirect contact
  • Susceptible person infected from contact with
    contaminated surface
  • Person most likely brings contaminated hands to
    their face
  • Telephones, door knobs, steering wheels, B/P
    cuffs, EKG cable, handrails, pens
  • Via food products, water, soil

Bloodborne Exposure
  • Direct or indirect contact with blood or infected
    body fluids
  • Needle stick
  • Splash on broken skin
  • Splash on mucous membranes
  • Eyes, nose, mouth

Airborne Exposure
  • Particles remain suspended in air a long time and
    float a distance
  • At risk when less than 6 feet from patient
  • Transmitted via sneezing, coughing, talking,
    shedding of skin
  • Healthcare worker should wear a N95 mask
  • Patient should wear a tight fitting surgical mask
  • TB, polio, pneumonia, influenza, chicken pox

Droplet Exposure
  • Droplet of moisture expelled from the upper
    respiratory tract and then inhaled into the
    respiratory system or contacts the mucous
  • Droplets too heavy to remain airborne for long
  • Transmitted during sneezing, coughing, talking
  • Most at risk when within 3 feet of patient
  • Wear surgical masks when threat of droplet
  • Common cold, influenza, H1N1, meningitis, rubeola
    (measles), whooping cough

Fecal-oral Route
  • Ingestion of contaminated food or water
  • Contaminated hands (usually from improper
    handwashing or lack of handwashing) transfers
    microorganisms to all surfaces and objects
  • Recipient touches surface and then brings
    contaminated hands to their face or ingests
    contaminated product
  • HAV, food poisoning

Terms Defined
  • Communicable disease
  • Capable of being transmitted to another host
  • Contamination
  • Infectious agent on surface of host but not
    penetrating it
  • Infection
  • Penetration of agent has occurred to host
  • Having the infection does not automatically imply
    having the disease

Factors Affecting Disease Transmission
  • Mode of entry
  • Intact skin an excellent barrier
  • Mucous membranes often the point of entry
  • Eyes, nose, mouth
  • Virulence
  • Organism strength (ability to infect)
  • HBV infectious for weeks
  • HIV die when exposed to air and light
  • Dose
  • Number of organisms
  • Host resistance general health

Phases of Infectious Process
  • Latent period
  • Host infected, does not transmit to others
  • Communicable period
  • May have signs and can transmit disease
  • Incubation period
  • Time between exposure and appearance of symptoms

Phases contd
  • Seroconversion
  • Antibodies created after exposure lab tests are
  • Window phase
  • Time between exposure and seroconversion
  • May test negative even though person is
  • Disease period
  • Time from onset of signs and symptoms until
    resolution or death

Preventing Infection
  • Break the cycle

Infectious agent
Means of transmission
Routes of exposure
Selected Infectious Diseases
  • Definition
  • Incubation Period
  • Transmission Mode
  • Signs Symptoms
  • Recommended PPEs
  • Special Considerations

  • A fragile virus that attacks the immune system
  • Eventually leads to AIDS a collection of signs
    and symptoms
  • Incubation is variable and can be in years
  • Transmission
  • Sexual contact
  • Contact with contaminated blood
  • Mother to newborn

HIV contd
  • Signs symptoms
  • Fatigue, fever, sore throat, lymphadenopathy,
    splenomegaly, rash, diarrhea, secondary
    infections, weight loss, dementia, psychosis
  • No vaccine
  • PPE gloves, goggles, mask, gown as needed to
    avoid blood contamination
  • HIV rarely presents life threatening
  • Is more often a psychosocial challenge

Hepatitis B (HBV)
  • Viral infection can develop into chronic state
    affects the liver
  • Incubation 4 - 25 weeks
  • Transmitted by direct contact with blood or body
  • Complaints start as flu-like symptoms
  • Dark urine, light colored stools, fatigue, fever,
  • PPEs gloves, goggles, mask, avoidance of

Hepatitis B Virility
  • The CDC states that Hepatitis B Virus can survive
    for at least one week in dried blood on
    environmental surfaces or on contaminated

Hepatitis B Vaccine
  • Must be offered within 10 days of assignment to
    task with exposure risk involved
  • If employee declines, must sign declination form
  • Kept on file
  • Employee may, at any time, request the hepatitis
    B vaccine after initial declination
  • 3 injection series
  • Given IM in deltoid
  • Once started, 2nd dose is in 1 month 3rd dose 6
    months from 1st dose

Hepatitis C (HCV)
  • Viral infection causing inflammation of liver
  • Can lead to cirrhosis and cancer
  • Leading reason for liver transplants in the USA
  • Incubation 2-25 weeks
  • Transmission contact with contaminated blood
  • Contagious throughout course of infection

HCV contd
  • Symptom onset slow (up to 20 years for chronic
  • Loss of appetite
  • Vague abdominal discomfort
  • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • Jaundice less common than with HBV
  • No vaccine is available
  • PPEs gloves, mask, goggles, avoidance of
    needle sticks

Tuberculosis (TB)
  • Bacterial infection most commonly affecting the
  • TB infection
  • Person has the bacteria but is not ill cannot
    spread disease
  • TB disease
  • Person ill, can spread TB
  • Incubation 4 -12 weeks
  • Transmission via airborne droplet
  • Prolonged exposure increases risk

TB contd
  • Signs and symptoms
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Weakness. fatigue
  • Night sweats
  • Weight loss
  • Dyspnea
  • Productive cough
  • Chronic cough

TB contd
  • PPEs
  • Respiratory isolation
  • Tight fitting surgical mask on patient
  • N95 mask for providers
  • Obtain periodic skin testing
  • If positive, need chest x-ray
  • Provide adequate ventilation while caring for and
    transporting the patient with suspected or
    positive diagnosis

Chickenpox (Varicella)
  • Viral infection
  • Transmitted via direct and indirect contact and
    airborne droplets
  • Incubation 10 - 21 days
  • Signs and symptoms
  • Sudden onset low-grade fever
  • Mild feeling of not being well (malaise)
  • Rash

Chickenpox contd
  • Contagious about 2 days prior to rash and until
    all vesicles have scabbed over
  • Skin eruptions continue over 3 4 days
  • PPEs gloves surgical mask on patient, mask on
    healthcare provider
  • Vaccination added to childhood immunization

Bacterial Meningitis
  • Bacterial infection causing inflammation of the
    covering the brain and spinal cord
  • Transmitted via contact with respiratory droplets
  • Incubation 2 10 days
  • Sudden onset high fever, headache, stiff neck,
    nausea with vomiting, irritability
  • Infants poor feeding, irritability

Bacterial Meningitis contd
  • PPEs gloves, mask (patient and provider)
  • Vaccination provided in childhood immunization
  • Postexposure antibiotic prophylaxis provided
    after exposure

Influenza The Flu
  • Upper respiratory viral disease
  • Transmitted via respiratory droplet or airborne
    in crowded, enclosed spaces
  • Incubation usually 1 5 days
  • Adults contagious 3 5 days after symptom onset
  • Up to 7 days in children
  • Rapid onset high fever, headache, muscle aches,
    sore throat, dry cough

Flu contd
  • PPE Mask the patient and provider
  • Frequent handwashing
  • Daily cleaning of environment
  • Phones, door handles, steering wheels, counter
    tops, computers
  • Best protection annual flu vaccine

H1N1 Influenza Swine Flu
  • A new strain of influenza virus
  • Transmitted person to person primarily via
  • Coughing
  • Sneezing
  • Contact with contaminated objects
  • Contaminated hands touch the nose and mouth and
    introduce the virus
  • Incubation could range 1 7 days
  • Considered contagious up to 7 days from symptom

H1N1 contd
  • Symptoms similar to regular flu
  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Body aches
  • Chills
  • Fatigue
  • Critical situation
  • Respiratory difficulty
  • Cyanosis
  • Pain, pressure in chest or abdomen

H1N1 contd
  • PPE
  • Gloves
  • Disinfecting surfaces after each call
  • Frequently disinfect surfaces likely to have hand

General Advice
  • Get vaccinated
  • Cover mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing
  • Use elbow not hand
  • Throw tissue away after one use
  • Wash hands often
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose, mouth with hands
  • Practice good personal health
  • Get plenty of rest
  • Eat healthfully
  • Manage stress
  • Stay physically active

3 Cs To Stay Healthy
  • Wash your hands
  • Cover your cough and sneeze
  • Contain your germs
  • Stay home if sick

Pertussis Whooping Cough
  • Highly contagious bacterial disease
  • Incubation 7 10 days
  • Range total 4 21 days
  • Transmitted most commonly respiratory droplet and
  • Most at risk
  • Infants prior to vaccination
  • Aging population with lost immunity
  • Those never vaccinated

Whooping Cough contd
  • Signs and symptoms in phases
  • 1st phase sneezing, watery eyes, loss of
    appetite, listless, noticeable night cough
  • 2nd phase in 10 -14 days paroxysms of coughing,
    thick mucous coughed up
  • 3rd phase in 4 weeks coughing decreases in
    frequency can last for months
  • Vaccination DTaP
  • Immunity not life long need repeat vaccination

Whooping Cough contd
  • PPE gloves, surgical mask patient and provider,
    goggles, possible gown
  • Complications often from the spasmodic forceful
  • Pneumothorax
  • Rib fractures
  • Hypoxia during coughing spells

Staph Infections
  • Staphylococcus aureus, often referred to simply
    as "staph," are bacteria commonly carried on the
    skin or in the nose of healthy people
  • Approximately 25 to 30 of the population is
    colonized (bacteria are present, but not causing
    an infection) in the nose with staph bacteria
  • One of the most common causes of skin infections
    in the United States
  • Most of these skin infections are minor (such as
    pimples and boils) and can be treated without
  • Staph bacteria can also cause serious infections

MRSA Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus
  • Type of bacteria that is resistant to common
    antibiotics such as methicillin, oxacillin,
    penicillin and amoxicillin.
  • Consequently, MRSA infections can be far more
    difficult to treat quickly than traditional staph
  • Occurs most frequently among persons in hospitals
    and healthcare facilities who have weakened
    immune systems.

Community Associated MRSA
  • MRSA infections acquired by persons who have not
    been recently hospitalized or had a medical
    procedure (such as dialysis, surgery, catheters)
    are known as CA-MRSA (Community Associated MRSA)
  • CA-MRSA infections can be transmitted in settings
    such as workout facilities or locker rooms
  • Are usually manifested as skin infections such as
    pimples and boils

Results Of Contracting MRSA
  • Skin infections, pimples, boils
  • Pneumonia
  • Bloodstream infections
  • Potentially death

Transmission of MRSA
  • Spread of MRSA skin infections is direct and
  • Close skin-to-skin contact
  • Cuts or abrasions
  • Poor hygiene
  • Methods of Contraction
  • Crowded living conditions
  • Contaminated items or surfaces
  • Weakened immune system

  • PPE
  • Gloves
  • Transport patient with a clean sheet
  • Do not use the sheet from the bed the patient was
    lying in, if possible
  • Avoid placing laundry in contact with uniform
    wear gown if contact made with uniform
  • Handwashing

Vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus - VRE
  • Bacteria normally found in intestines
  • Produces disease when bacteria invade other areas
  • Urinary tract, wounds, blood
  • Healthy individuals rarely at risk
  • Healthy individuals can transmit VRE via indirect
  • Those at most risk weakened immune systems and
    other health issues

  • Spread via contact
  • Feces
  • Contaminated equipment
  • Healthcare workers hands
  • PPE
  • Gloves
  • Gown if clothing contact anticipated
  • Handwashing single most important process to
    control spread of VRE
  • Disinfect equipment after calls
  • Prevents indirect spread of VRE

Content Review
  • Review the following questions
  • After determining an answer, click the mouse to
    check your knowledge
  • Complete the course with a 10 questions quiz

Question 1
  • Who does the OSHA's Bloodborne Pathogens standard
  • 1. All employees, regardless of occupation or
  • 2. All employees in jobs where occupational
    exposure to bloodborne pathogens can be
    "reasonably anticipated
  • 3. Only employees who work in health care
    settings, such as hospitals or clinics
  • 4. Only employees who use needles on the job

Question 2
  • Which label indicates that a biohazard is

Question 3
  • Which of the following is not an example of an
    other potentially infectious material (OPIM)?
  • 1. Blood from experimental animals infected with
    HIV or HBV2. Cerebrospinal fluid
  • 3. Urine
  • 4. Unfixed body organs going to the lab for

Question 4
  • Which of the following is a true statement
    concerning handwashing after occupational
    exposure to blood or other potentially infectious
  • 1. If your gloves are still intact when you
    remove them, there is no need to wash your hands
    afterwards.2. Strong abrasive soaps are most
    effective in removing contamination from
    hands.3. Using an antiseptic towelette is always
    an acceptable alternative to washing your hands
    with soap and water.
  • 4. The best practice is to thoroughly wash
    your hands with soap and water after any
    potential exposure.

Question 5
  • How often should work surfaces, such as counters
    or cabinet surfaces, be decontaminated?
  • 1. Whenever procedures involving blood or other
    potentially infectious materials are completed
  • 2. At the end of each work shift, if the surface
    may have become contaminated since the last
  • 3. Immediately or as soon as feasible following
    a spill of blood or other potentially infectious
  • 4. All of the above

Question 6
  • Are gloves required when giving an injection?
  • YES or NO
  • Gloves are not required to be worn when giving an
    injection as long as hand contact with blood or
    other potentially infectious materials is not
    reasonably anticipated.
  • Source USDOL FAQs

  • LCHD Flu Hotline 847-377-8350

  • Condell Medical Center EMS System Operational
    Guidelines Infield Policy Manual. January 2001
  • Environmental Health Safety On-line Training
    Module. BBP. 2010.
  • Region X SOPs March 2007. Amended May 1, 2008.
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