Bloodborne Pathogens - Online Inservice

The Occupation Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is a government agency that sets strict guidelines for the management of toxic and hazardous materials. Any organizations or employees that have a potential for exposure to blood or other potentially infectious materials are required to follow OSHA guidelines to minimize transmission of infection due to exposure to a bloodborne pathogen. This online education course will review the definitions of bloodborne pathogens, transmission, bloodborne illnesses, and the effective means of prevention of transmission of diseases that may be caused by bloodborne pathogens.

Employers must be familiar with the requirements of OSHA in providing and implementing an Exposure Control Plan and setting infection control practices to prevent and reduce the spread of infection in healthcare settings.

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Upon completion of this course, the participant will be able to:

  1. Define bloodborne pathogens.
  2. Explain how bloodborne pathogens are transmitted.
  3. Explain types of bloodborne illnesses.
  4. Discuss symptoms of bloodborne illnesses.
  5. List two agencies regulating the prevention and spread of bloodborne illness.
  6. State when to use standard precautions.
  7. Discuss when to use personal protective equipment.
  8. Explain what to do in the event of an exposure to a bloodborne pathogen.


Chapter 1: Introduction

Chapter 2: Bloodborne Pathogen Transmissions

Chapter 3: Bloodborne Illnesses

Chapter 4: Signs and Symptoms of Bloodborne Illnesses

Chapter 5: OSHA

Chapter 6: Hand Hygiene

Chapter 7: Personal Protective Equipment

  • Gloves
  • Gown
  • Masks, Eye Protection, Face Shields

Chapter 8: What Can Be Done to Control Exposure to Bloodborne Pathogens

  • Safety Precautions
  • Handling Sharps
  • Linen and Patient Clothing
  • Equipment
  • Resuscitating Patient

Chapter 9: Exposure Control

  • Exposure Control Plan

Chapter 10: Summary

Chapter 11: References

  • California Bill 241
  • Implicit Bias in Healthcare
  • What is Implicit Bias?
  • Implications of Implicit Bias in Healthcare
  • How to Reduce Implicit Bias

Price: $15.00

Contact Hours: 1.5

Course Author

Kevin Stansbury

Kevin Stansbury, MBA, BSN, BS, RN, CEN, VA-BC, is a Registered Nurse with over 25 years’ experience in the medical field including critical care, emergency medicine, and infusion therapy. He is currently living and working in the Central Valley of California. Kevin is a 13-year veteran of the U.S. Army where he served as a combat medic and nurse. He received several military decorations during his tours in Desert Shield and Desert Storm, including an Army Achievement Medal, an Army Commendation Medal, and the Kuwaiti Liberation Medal. Kevin also received his Expert Field Medical Badge while serving two tours in Korea.

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Course Accreditation

Provider approved by the California Department of Public Health, Nurse Aide Certification (NAC) #: 7046.  This document must be retained by the certified nurse assistant for a period of four years after the course completion. Provider approved by the Florida and Wyoming Boards of Nursing-Certified Nursing Assistants, CE Broker Provider #: 50-13256.

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