Course Description
Percutaneous injuries continue to be a major concern in the healthcare environment where employees are exposed to bloodborne pathogens (BBPs). Needlestick injuries (NSIs) resulting in exposure to blood or other potentially infectious materials pose a serious risk to healthcare workers. These injuries may result in the transmission of bloodborne infections. This program will provide the learner with an understanding of the epidemiology of NSIs and the transmission of BBP infections.

Course Objectives:

  1. Discuss the epidemiology of needle stick injuries and the transmission of bloodborne infections.
  2. Identify the devices associated with needlestick injuries, which involve the greatest risk of transmitting a bloodborne infection.
  3. Describe the recommended time interval for initiating post exposure chemoprophylaxisis.

Expiration Date: 03-02-2018

CE Credit
This course is approved for 1.0 CE credit(s).
This free Respiratory CEU activity is provided by Smiths Medical Education and accredited by the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC).
Before You Begin

Register for a free account at Smiths Medical Education. Enter the following registration code: SMCEALL . An AARC ID is not needed but if you have one, remember to include it as part of your registration. Remember to log into your Smiths Medical Education account before you begin.Smiths Medical Education registration

  • Read the study guide
  • Take the post test. A score of 80% or greater is needed to pass.
  • Once completed, complete the short survey and the certificate will be available for print.
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