Personal safety is always the EMS provider’s first priority. Because of bloodborne pathogens every patient contact is a threat to EMS provider safety. This course reviews the Occupational Safety and Health Administration standard, bloodborne pathogens encountered by EMS providers, use of personal protective equipment, and reporting an exposure incident.
• Define bloodborne pathogen and pertinent elements of the OSHA standard
• Discuss common bloodborne pathogens encountered by EMS providers
• Review the value of the Hepatitis B Vaccination for EMS providers
• Discuss the methods, value, and limitations of personal protective equipment or PPE to prevent or reduce exposure to bloodborne pathogens
• Describe components of an exposure control plan and action steps if exposed to a bloodborne pathogen