Protect Your Employees From Exposure to Blood-Borne Pathogens

Have You Been Exposed to Harmful Pathogens?

Needlestick injuries and other sharp object-related injuries that expose workers to blood-borne pathogens continue to be an important public health concern.

Workers in many different occupations are at risk of exposure to blood-borne pathogens, including Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, and HIV / AIDS.

First-aid team members, housekeeping personnel in some settings, nurses, and other health-care providers are examples of workers who may be at risk of exposure. Whatcom Occupational Health’s clinicians and doctors are skilled as first responders.

People who work in any field can potentially become exposed to harmful pathogens that can cause serious and sometimes life-threatening conditions. Give us a call today to learn more about blood-borne pathogens.

Get Timely Medical Treatment for Blood-Borne Diseases

Blood-borne pathogens are transmitted when contaminated blood or body fluids enter the body of another person. This can occur through a number of pathways such as an accidental puncture by a sharp object contaminated with the pathogen. "Sharps" include objects like:
  • Needles
  • Scalpels
  • Broken glass
  • Razor blades
These pathogens can also transmit through:
  • Open cuts or skin abrasions coming in contact with contaminated blood or body fluids
  • Sexual contact
  • Indirect transmission (a person touches dried or caked-on blood and then touches the eyes, mouth, nose or an open cut) (HBV only)
Whatcom Occupational Health recognizes the importance of timely responses, and for this reason, we take walk-in cases.

How Blood-Borne Pathogens Are Not Transmitted

There are also many ways that these diseases are not transmitted. For instance, blood-borne pathogens are not transmitted:
  • By touching an infected person
  • Through coughing or sneezing
  • By using the same equipment, materials, toilets, water fountains, or showers as an infected person
It's important that people are treated within two hours of contact. Call us today to get compassionate and effective health care.
Protect yourself from blood-borne pathogens. Give us a call today!
Exposure to blood-borne pathogens is a serious matter that should be dealt with immediately. Our staff can help you make the right medical choices for the safety of your team.
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