Bloodborne Pathogens Affect Everyone

Everyone needs to be aware of bloodborne pathogens. They can affect everyone. When blood is involved it is possible to become infected by a blood borne pat…

Everyone needs to be aware of bloodborne pathogens.  They can affect everyone.  When blood is involved it is possible to become infected by a blood borne pathogen.  Some of the most common pathogens that are spread by blood include HIV, HCV and HBV.  HCV is hepatitis C.  This is spread through the blood and will destroy the liver.  There is no cure for hepatitis C.  People who get it may live years with it and not know they have it.  The same is true for HIV and Hepatitis B.  By the time the symptoms appear the people who have it could cause the spread without realizing it.

That is why care must be taken to prevent bloodborne pathogens from spreading.  Healthcare professionals need to be especially careful.  They deal with pathogens on a daily basis.  They must keep themselves and others safe from the spread of bloodborne pathogens.  It would be so easy for these diseases to spread if healthcare professionals didn’t use great care.  Disposal of used needles and other sticks must be implemented and carried out.  They must wear protective clothing to prevent the possible spread.  That means wearing latex gloves that can be disposed of after taking the blood of any person.

Tests can be taken for all of the bloodborne pathogens but they are special tests and won’t show under normal blood tests.  That is why it is important that care is used with every patient.  There is no way to know who is infected and who isn’t unless special tests are done.  Every patient must be treated as if they are infected.  There is always the possibility they could be.

Bloodborne pathogens can be spread by having contact with an infected person’s blood.  A needle stick can cause it and even touching dried blood and then rubbing your eyes or nose.  Some bloodborne pathogens can live in the blood even after it has dried.  Disposing of anything that has come into contact with blood must be done properly.  Making sure anything that could be contaminated is marked as contaminated is important.

Healthcare professionals must be careful when taking blood or giving shots.  The needles must be disposed of properly and immediately.  The syringes and sticks should never be left lying around.  They must be put in a container immediately to prevent others from getting stuck by them.

Most bloodborne pathogens are spread through contaminated needles and blood transfusions.  Since blood that is given is now tested carefully for bloodborne pathogens the risk of exposure is minor.  Needlesticks occur often and this can be the cause of the spread of diseases that are found in the blood.  It is important that great care is used to prevent needle sticks.  Never put a cap on a used needle.  Often times the needle will puncture the cap and possibly sticking the person.  Dispose of all materials properly.  This means that used latex gloves be thrown away.  They should never be used on more than one person.  You don’t want to be the one who spreads bloodborne pathogens.  By using care and disposing of contaminated clothing and needles, the spread can be reduced.