Evaluating the Risks of Bloodborne Pathogens

Course Description

This self-study program is designed to provide the learner with an understanding of the epidemiology of needlestick injuries (NSIs) and the transmission of bloodborne pathogen (BBP) infections.

Percutaneous injuries continue to be a major concern in the healthcare environment where employees are exposed to BBPs. Needlestick injuries resulting in exposure to blood or other potentially infectious materials pose a serious risk to healthcare workers. This program examines the risks and discusses the treatment in the event of a BBP exposure.


Upon completion of this course, the participant will be able to:

  • Discuss the epidemiology of needlestick injuries and the transmission of bloodborne infections
  • Identify the devices associated with needlestick injuries, which involve the greatest risk of transmitting a bloodborne infection
  • Describe the recommended time interval for initiating post-exposure chemoprophylaxisis
Intended Audience

This self-study program is designed for healthcare professionals interested in enhancing their personal and professional development by participating in self-paced CE programs based on current research and practice.

Accreditation – Nursing

ICU Medical Clinical Education Provider Unit is approved for providing continuing nursing education by the California Board of Nursing, provider number CEP 15005.

Accreditation – Respiratory

Select programs are approved for contact hour continuing respiratory care education (CRCE) credit by: American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) 9425 N. MacArthur Blvd. Suite 100, Irving, TX, 75063


Course Length
One hour

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