Avoiding Bloodborne Pathogens in Hospice Communities
Posted on: January 27, 2015 by Hospice Coverage
Last month, we discussed some of the inherent safety and health risks that those working in the healthcare sector face; namely accidents due to overexertion or physical obstacles, especially in home healthcare environments. Accidents are not the only hazard faced by those who work in hospice communities, hospitals, or in patient’s homes though.
While not as prevalent nowadays as it had been, bloodborne pathogens and diseases are often transmitted to those in the healthcare industry; with Hepatitis C (HCV) being the most common in the U.S. In fact, according to the CDC, approximately 3.2 million people are chronically infected with this disease, meaning the chances of exposure are very high for your clients.
So what can your clients do to prevent their staff’s exposure to bloodborne pathogens such as HCV? Your clients should ensure that their workers are always utilizing safe injection practices and safe work practices in general. All equipment, devices, or instruments used on patients should be maintained in order to ensure optimum safety.
OSHA has recognized a few key characteristics that medical equipment such as needles should share in order to be acceptable in preventing worker exposure to bloodborne pathogens, including:
- The device being used must perform reliably
- The device must be easy to use and practical
- The device is a commonly accepted effective method for patient care
OSHA also states that it’s imperative that employees always adhere to federal requirements for protection of healthcare personnel from exposure to bloodborne pathogens.
In addition to being aware of and trying to avoid exposure to bloodeborne pathogens, it’s also important for hospice and other healthcare workers to be aware of potential hazards; slippery bathroom floors, cupboards that are left open, etc. Following basic safety protocols could help your clients reduce their Hospice Community Accident Coverage risks.
With Care Providers Hospice Community coverage, your clients will have access to a flexible and comprehensive insurance program to cover their risks and safeguard against liability losses, property damage, and accidents. Please contact us today at(855) 632-6787 to learn more about our coverages.
Posted in: Hospice Community Insurance