The purpose of this module is to inform Nurse Assistants of the regulations designed by Occupational Safety and Health Administration Standards (OSHA) and to educate and reinforce knowledge regarding bloodborne pathogens and sharps safety as well as other important OSHA standards relative to infection control for healthcare workers.
A pathogen is something that causes disease. Germs that live in human blood and can cause disease in humans are called bloodborne pathogens. Bloodborne pathogens are infectious pathogenic microorganisms present in blood that can cause disease in humans. These pathogens include but are not limited to, hepatitis B virus (HBV), hepatitis C virus (HCV), and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), the virus that causes AIDS. Workers exposed to bloodborne pathogens are at risk for serious or life-threatening illnesses
By the end of this course, the nurse assistant will be able to;
- Have a basic definition of infection control.
- Have an understanding of the goals of infection control
- Recognize the importance of infection control regulations in the workplace.
- Identify OSHA Regulations regarding blood-borne pathogens.
- Identify regulations regarding sharps safety and handling
Instructions for taking the course
To complete the course successfully, you must go through all the lessons below. You MUST mark each lesson as complete by clicking the MARK COMPLETE BUTTON. If you do not click the mark complete button, you will not be allowed to proceed to the next lesson. Please notice that all lessons have a minimum set amount of time that you are expected to spend on each lesson. You will not be allowed to Mark the Lesson Complete until the timer resets to zero; that is, until the minimum time set for the course has passed. For example, if lesson A has an allocated minimum time of 10 minutes, you will have to wait 10 minutes before you can mark Lesson A complete. The Mark Complete button for lesson A will be grayed out and will not become active until 10 minutes are over.
WARNING: If you forget to click the Mark Complete button done, you will be prompted to go back to that lesson again and have to wait till the allocated timed minutes resets to zero again before the Mark Complete button becomes active. After all, lessons are completed and they are Marked Completed, you will then be allowed to take the post-test. If you successfully pass the quiz, you will earn CEUs for this course and you can proceed to print out your certificate.