This course is for individuals who come into contact with blood, tissue and/or body fluid during the course of their work and need to put in place procedures to protect themselves and their clients.
Blood borne pathogens are bacteria, viruses and other micro-organisms that live in the bloodstream and can cause illness, disease and death. Common blood borne pathogens are HIV, Hepatitis B & C and MRSA (pronounced MER suh). Less common are Hepatitis D, malaria, syphilis and viral hemorrhagic fever.
Needle stick injuries and splashing of blood or infected body fluid into the eyes, nose or mouth are just two of the ways that infection can be transferred from one person to another.