How to Reduce Your Risk Training Video
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Now it's time to cover how we're going to not get infected and this is going to covered under our standard precautions.
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First of all, we're going to identify potentially infectious materials.
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We know what those fluids can and are and what they can be.
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Two, we're going to isolate each of those fluids.
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Treat every fluid you find, even if it's dry now, as a potentially infectious material.
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If it's wet, it's yucky.
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Don't touch it without personal protective equipment.
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Personal protetive equipment could include gloves, a face shield,
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cpr barrier with a one way valve.
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We're going to discuss those in more detail as well,
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but they should be outlined in your employment exposure control plan.
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The employer's exposure control plan does several things for you.
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First of all, it tells you what types of job duties within that workplace are gonna have a high or higher
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risk of infectious contact and which people could be allowed to get not only additional training
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but the right equipment to protect yourself, and the Hepititus B vaccination.
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Secondly, the exposure control plan is going to outline for you
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the right steps to take if and when you do encounter blood or blood product in your workplace or in other hazerdous material.
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It's going to tell you things like various levels of risk for each employee that may have an occupational exposure,
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the training requirements so that you know what to do to protect yourself.
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Work practice controls, these are things that the employer
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, excuse me, the employee does to protect themself from getting an unnecessary exposure.
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Like, you're going to wash your hands after every biohazard cleanup process,
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even if its not on your skin, as an example.
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Engineering controls are the things your employer puts in your hand for you to use.
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Examples of that is the soap itself, the gloves that you're wearing to protect yourself,
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the face shield, the goggles, the gowns, the booties, the lab coats, the hair nets, the head coverings.
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It's going to include things like a sharps container, biohazard bags, the actual disinfecting solution
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you're going to use to actually get rid of the contaminated waste.
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And then the procedure for an exposure incident.
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When we follow these steps we're going to optimize our protection against any unnecesary exposure and
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infection we might encounter as part of our job duties.
How to Reduce Your Risk Training Summary:
As standard precaution, identify potential infectious fluids (whether dry or wet), isolate each one, and do not touch them without personal protective equipment. Follow an employer's exposure control plan to minimize personal risk. These plans explain which job duties have a risk of infectious contact, training requirements, work place and engineering controls, and what to do when an exposure occurs. Work practice controls explain what an employee does to protect themselves while engineering controls explain what the employer gives employees to use to protect themselves.