Fire EMS, Firefighter Training

Action Training Systems Releases Training Program

Bloodborne Pathogens is the first title in the new three-part series, Infection Control & Prevention, by Action Training Systems. This is a high-quality, competency-based multimedia program to educate emergency responders on how to identify risks associated with bloodborne pathogens, engineering controls and safe work practices to prevent or minimize their exposure and what to do if an exposure occurs.

Emergency responders are at risk of occupational exposure to blood and other body fluids during their care of patients in the pre-hospital field. Knowing how to manage this risk and what precautions to take are essential to responder safety. Action Training Systems’ new program on Bloodborne Pathogens helps instructors fulfill the initial or annual training requirements mandated by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) by providing an overview of the standard and describing how responders can minimize and protect themselves from exposure to bloodborne pathogens. This title includes information on the Needlestick Safety and Prevention Act, as well as the Ryan White Comprehensive AIDS Resources Emergency (CARE) Act.

The training program presents types of bloodborne pathogens of concern to emergency care providers, including HBV, HCV and HIV. It reviews standards and requirements outlined in OSHA’s Bloodborne Pathogens standard. The use of standard precautions, safe work practices and engineering controls to minimize the risk of occupational exposure are defined and demonstrated throughout the program. The program ends by demonstrating what actions to take after an exposure incident.

There are two other titles in the Infection Control & Prevention Series to be released late 2012, including Airborne Pathogens & Other Diseases and Infection Control Practices.