Which bloodborne pathogen has the highest rate of transmission?
Hepatitis C, another hepatotropic virus, is the most commonly reported bloodborne infection in the United States and a serious public health problem. HCV is primarily transmitted via parenteral exposure, most commonly contaminated needles.
What is the minimum flushing time in an emergency shower or eyewash station following exposure to blood or Opim?
Flush the affected area for 15 minutes using an eyewash. initiate accident or exposure incident report. Seek medical assistance immediately (within 1-2 hours) from: Yale Health Center, Acute Care (203-432-0123).
How often must an exposure control plan be updated?
According to the OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens Standard, an Exposure Control Plan must meet certain criteria: It must be written specifically for each facility. It must be reviewed and updated at least yearly (to reflect changes such as new worker.
What happens to 20% of those infected with HCV?
Ten to 20 percent of HCV-infected persons will go on to develop cirrhosis (scarring of the liver). Less than 5 percent will actually die of HCV. The good news is that new treatments to cure HCV are becoming available.
What is the most common mode of transmission of bloodborne pathogens in the workplace?
For a bloodborne pathogen to be spread, the bodily fluids of an infected person must enter into the bloodstream of another person. The most common cause of transmission in the workplace is when an infected person’s blood enters another person’s bloodstream through an open wound.
What are the 3 universal precautions?
For universal precautions, protective barriers reduce the risk of exposure to blood, body fluids containing visible blood, and other fluids to which universal precautions apply. Examples of protective barriers include gloves, gowns, masks, and protective eyewear.
How long do you wash if blood is splashed in your mucous membranes?
If blood or OPIM is splashed on your face or in your mouth, rinse with water for five minutes.
What is a good disinfectant for bloodborne pathogens?
EPA-registered tuberculocidal disinfectants and solutions of 5.25% sodium hypochlorite (household bleach) diluted between 1:10 and 1:100 with water are considered appropriate for this purpose.