Issue 7 and Volume 144.

EDUCATION AND TRAINING REQUIREMENTS EMS IN THE FIRE SERVICE Education and training regarding bloodborne diseases. Understanding the risk differences between Categories 1 (bloodborne) and 2 (airborne) diseases. Knowing how to use personal protective equipment (PPE) and the reasons for its uses. Knowing the procedures for each task to be performed. Knowing the procedures to be followed in an exposure situation. Knowing where to find, how to use, and how to dispose of PPE. Knowing the limitations of PPE. Knowing how to clean a blood and body-fluid spill. Understanding the department’s infection-control program. Understanding the department’s procedures for handling medical waste.

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