Bloodborne Pathogens (BBP) is a topic commonly viewed as being frightening and intimidating, but in reality, is mostly misunderstood by the general population.
BBP is a microorganism that is present in human blood and infectious to humans. They are easily transmittable and can cause disease.
Though there are serious issues which must be dealt with, all too often there is a misunderstanding that any infectious blood is going to harm someone whether or not they come into contact with the blood. When in reality, with proper training and care, the issue of infectious blood can be handled in a safe and orderly manner.
Here are some quick facts in regards to BBP.
1. BBPs can be transmitted through accidental cuts with contaminated sharp materials, like needle sticks; contact between mucous membranes or broken skin and infected body fluids, the sharing of needles or sexual contact.
2. BBP can be spread from mother to child during childbirth.
3. BBP can be transmitted via absorption through the eye or mucus membranes from an infectious person to a noninfectious person.
4. The most common blood borne infection worldwide is Hepatitis C or also known as Hep C.
5. BBP includes but are not limited to Hepatitis B virus (HBV), Hepatitis C virus (HCV), and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), the virus that causes AIDS.
Proper BBP handling is crucial for everyone, in the workplace or if you are responding to an emergency in your personal time, because exposure to BBP can put you at risk for serious or life-threatening illnesses.
So learn how to protect yourself and others by taking online BBP training and BBP certification with MyCPR NOW™. With the online program, you'll learn the universal precautions for using Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and Body Substance Isolation (BSI) as well as what measures to take if you come into contact or are exposed.