Unit 2: Transmission and Infection Control

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HIV/AIDS Training for the Dental Health Worker:

HIV/AIDS Training for the Dental Health Worker Unit Two Developed by Theresa Allyn Based on Washington State HIV AIDS Curriculum Sponsored by WSDA 1 Copyright 2/2008

Transmission and Infection Control:

Transmission and Infection Control Unit Two Developed by Theresa Allyn Based on Washington State HIV AIDS Curriculum Sponsored by WSDA 2 Copyright 2/2008

A Note from your Instructor:

A Note from your Instructor This next unit is a little longer that the first but I think you find the majority of it very appropriate to the dental worker as well as helpful in providing information to keep you safe in your personal life. Remember each training unit has its own audio component that you can download and play while you are viewing the slide show. Also remember as you go out to visit a link you can pause your audio button and then return to the presentation and return to the audio presentation. To fully enjoy all this presentation has to offer don’t hesitate to try the links for more information as well as for videos that will enrich your learning experience. Remember this material is based on the AIDS What you Must Know Washington State Curriculum. You can download the electronic version of the training manual for free by visiting: http://www.doh.wa.gov/CFH/HIV_AIDS/Prev_Edu/training_curriculum/KNOW_2007.pdf 3 Copyright 2/2008

Acknowledgments and Copyright Status:

Acknowledgments and Copyright Status Special thanks to the WSDA who sponsored the development of this PowerPoint course. WSDA owns all rights to the presentation and has chosen to make this presentation available to their members at no cost. No part of this presentation should be used beyond the scope of WSDA’s purpose for it without written permission by WSDA. As for the content of these slides much of it is based on the Washington State HIV/AIDS Curriculum whose content is available copyright free. Special thanks is also given to the website http://www.aids-images.ch Of which provided many pictures of HIV/AIDS case studies for the purpose of education at no cost. There are many other websites and information provided in this course of which great effort was made to give credit to the original information source as well as the URL address to locate the original source online. The main sites were the CDC, Government Health Sites, educational sites, and nonprofit HIV/AIDS support groups, and YouTube.com. Special thanks to each an every site available to help support HIV/AIDS information training available to the public. At the end of Unit 6 is a comprehensive listing of all the sites used throughout this presentation. Copyright 2/2008 4

Unit Two Content Overview:

Unit Two Content Overview What behaviors increase risk for HIV transmission? What other factors affecting transmission? How can you reduce your and your patient’s risk? What are the current bloodborne pathogens requirements ? What are the current universal/standard precautions and infection control requirements? How does one report on-the-job exposure? What post-exposure prophylaxis should be followed? How can infection control be practiced in other settings? 5 Copyright 2/2008

HIV is not easy "to catch" It must be acquired:

HIV is not easy "to catch" It must be acquired 6 Copyright 2/2008

HIV Source and Body Fluids that can Transmit HIV:

HIV Source and Body Fluids that can Transmit HIV Anyone infected with the virus is potentially a source of HIV infection. Transmission occurs primarily through infected blood, semen, vaginal secretions or breast milk. Sweat, tears, saliva, urine and feces are not capable of transmitting HIV unless visibly contaminated with blood. Dental operatories can be sources of infection due to the blood, saliva, and contaminated drill aerosols. In settings such as hospital operating rooms, other fluids, like cerebrospinal fluid, synovial fluid, pleural fluid, pericardial fluid and amniotic fluid may be considered infectious if the source is HIV positive. These fluids are generally not found outside the hospital setting. Therefore the most common body fluids considered potentially infectious for HIV are blood, semen, vaginal secretions and breast milk. 7 Copyright 2/2008

Sufficient Dose:

Sufficient Dose "Sufficient dose" refers to the concentration and amount of HIV necessary for infection to occur. 8 Copyright 2/2008

Access to Blood:

Access to Blood Access to another person's bloodstream involves behaviors or circumstances that place someone at risk for infectious fluid entering their bloodstream. The most common of the risk behaviors are: unprotected sexual intercourse (anal, vaginal, oral) with an infected person, and use of contaminated injection equipment for use in injecting drugs. HIV transmission may occur during practices such as tattooing, blood-sharing activities such as "blood brothers" rituals, or any other type of ritualistic ceremonies where blood is exchanged or unsterilized equipment contaminated with blood is shared. HIV transmission may also occur in occupational settings. 9 Copyright 2/2008

The Following Activities can Cause HIV Transmission:

The Following Activities can Cause HIV Transmission Unprotected anal, vaginal, and oral intercourse Sharing needles or other injection equipment A mother passing the virus to her baby either before or during birth An infected woman breastfeeding her infant Accidental needle stick injuries, or infected body fluid Coming into contact with the broken skin or mucous membranes of another person (as with healthcare workers) A transfusion prior to 1986 of HIV-infected blood or blood products In extremely rare cases, sharing razors or toothbrushes with infected individuals 10 Copyright 2/2008

Yes to these Questions can mean Transmission:

Yes to these Questions can mean Transmission The infectious agent reaches the blood stream, through mucous membranes or broken skin of a potential host One of the predictors of how infectious an HIV-positive person is their viral load - how much HIV is present in the bloodstream. Studies show a clear connection between higher viral load in the blood and increased transmissibility of HIV. 11 Copyright 2/2008

Transmission by Transfusions:

Transmission by Transfusions Transmission by contaminated blood or blood products occurred in the United States before March, 1985 Testing for HIV at blood banks and organ transplant centers began in 1985 and has almost completely eliminated these risks for transmission in developed countries. In 1999, about 1% of national AIDS cases were caused by transfusions or use of contaminated blood products. The majority of those cases were in people who received blood or blood products before 1985. Donor screening, blood testing and other processing measures have reduced the risk of transfusion-caused HIV transmission to between 1 in 450,000 to 1 case in 600,000 transfusions in the U.S. In the U.S., donating blood is always safe, because sterile needles and equipment are used. Click link for current CDC Statistics on Transmission 12 Copyright 2/2008

Probability of HIV Transmission from one HIV Exposure:

Probability of HIV Transmission from one HIV Exposure 13 Copyright 2/2008

HIV Versus Hepatitis Viability :

HIV Versus Hepatitis Viability HIV is considered to be a fragile virus when exposed to air and room temperatures. Hepatitis B (HBV) and C (HCV) are both considered "stronger" viruses that can remain infectious for a longer period of time. When these viruses are outside the human body, much depends on environmental factors (heat, cold, exposure to oxygen, etc.). HBV Virus HIV Virus To see this art on its original website as well as view current research on HBV and HIV click on the link below. www.international.ucla.edu/article.asp?parent 14 Copyright 2/2008

How HIV is Transferred During Intercourse:

How HIV is Transferred During Intercourse HIV can enter the bloodstream through mucous membranes, breaks, sores and cuts in the mouth, anus, vagina or penis. Anal, vaginal and oral intercourse (both receptive and penetrative) can transmit HIV from person to person. 15 Copyright 2/2008

How HIV is Transferred During Anal Sex?:

How HIV is Transferred During Anal Sex? Unprotected anal intercourse is considered to be the greatest sexual risk for transmitting HIV. Anal intercourse frequently results in tears of mucous membranes, which makes it very easy for the virus to enter the bloodstream. The receptive partner ("bottom") is considered to be at more risk of getting HIV (if the virus is present.) Risks may vary for the insertive ("top") partner. 16 Copyright 2/2008

How HIV is Transferred During Vaginal intercourse:

How HIV is Transferred During Vaginal intercourse The woman is more at risk Unprotected vaginal intercourse with the exchange of semen, pre-ejaculate fluid (pre-cum), menstrual blood or vaginal fluids is also a risk for HIV transmission. Studies have shown that women are more likely to become infected with HIV through vaginal sex than men. The larger amount of mucous membrane surface area of the vagina is a probable reason for women's greater rate of HIV infection from their male partners. Using a Condom can Save a Life 17 Copyright 2/2008

How HIV is Transferred During Drug Use:

How HIV is Transferred During Drug Use Sharing injection needles, syringes, etc. with an HIV-infected person can put HIV directly into the user's bloodstream and is the behavior which most efficiently transmits HIV, HBV and HCV. Indirect sharing occurs when drug injectors share injection paraphernalia and/or divide a shared or jointly purchased drug while preparing and injecting it. The paraphernalia that carries the potential for transmission are the syringe, needle, "cooker,“ cotton, and/or rinse water. sharing these items (sometimes called "works") may transmit HIV or other bacteria and viruses. Example: Squirting the drug back (from a dirty syringe) into the drug cooker and/or someone else's syringe, or sharing a common filter and/or rinse water. Drug paraphernalia For more information and to view the original artwork and research on its website click on or visit the following link: http://www.heroinabuse.net/heroin_photos.php 18 Copyright 2/2008

HIV and Pregnancy:

HIV and Pregnancy An HIV-infected woman may transmit the virus to her baby during pregnancy, during the birth process, and/or following pregnancy by breastfeeding. One of the predictors of how infectious the woman will be to her baby is her viral load (how much HIV is present in her bloodstream). Women with new or recent infections or people in later stages of AIDS tend to have higher viral loads and may be more infectious. In 1994, researchers discovered that a course of the antiretroviral drug AZT (zidovudine) significantly reduced the transmission of HIV from woman to baby. In 2002, medications such as AZT and others are used during pregnancy and delivery to prevent transmission of HIV. 19 Copyright 2/2008

HIV and Pregnancy Continued…:

HIV and Pregnancy Continued… HIV is transmitted from an HIV-infected woman to her baby in about 25% of pregnancies if intervention with antiretroviral medications does not occur. The perinatal transmission rate has dropped dramatically in the U.S. due to the widespread use of AZT by HIV-infected pregnant women. When a woman’s health care is monitored closely and she receives a combination of antiretroviral therapies during pregnancy the risk of HIV transmission to the newborn drops below 2 percent. In some pregnancies, caesarian section (C-section) may be recommended to reduce the risk of transmission from woman to baby. Advice about medications and C-section should be given on a case-by-case basis by a medical provider with experience in treating HIV+ pregnant women. Washington state law requires pregnant women to be counseled regarding risks around HIV and offered voluntary HIV testing. 20 Copyright 2/2008

HIV Infection is Lifelong:

HIV Infection is Lifelong Once a person becomes infected with HIV, their blood, semen, vaginal secretions and/or breast milk will always be potentially infectious. There is evidence of transmission of multi-drug resistant forms of HIV. People who have been infected with HIV and have used a number of the available antiretroviral medicines may transmit forms of HIV that are resistant to some of these available drug therapies. This reduces the treatments available for the newly-HIV-infected person. 21 Copyright 2/2008

STD’s Increase Risk of Transmission:

STD’s Increase Risk of Transmission The presence of other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) increases the risk for HIV transmission, because the infected person may have a much larger number of white blood cells (infected with HIV) present at the sore or infected area(s). The infected person's immune system may be less able to suppress or combat HIV infection. Sores or lesions from STDs break down the protective surface of the skin or mucous membrane, which makes the infected person more vulnerable to other infections . www.aids-images.ch 22 Copyright 2/2008

STD’s Increase Risk of Transmission Continued…:

STD’s Increase Risk of Transmission Continued… The presence of infection with other STDs increases the risk of HIV transmission because: STDs like syphilis and symptomatic herpes can cause breaks in the skin, which provide direct entry for HIV Inflammation from STDs, such as chlamydia, makes it easier for HIV to enter and infect the body HIV is often detected in the pus or other discharge from genital ulcers from HIV-infected men and women Sores can bleed easily and come into contact with vaginal, cervical, oral, urethral and rectal tissues during sex www.aids-images.ch 23 Copyright 2/2008

Multiple Partners :

Multiple Partners Having "multiple partners" for drug injection and/or sexual intercourse increases the chances of being exposed to a person infected with HIV. Persons who have unprotected sex with multiple partners are considered to be at high risk for HIV infection. In some studies, the CDC defines multiple partners as six or more partners in a year. However, someone who has only one partner is still at risk if the person is HIV-positive and they have unprotected sex and/or share needles. 24 Copyright 2/2008

Use of Non-injecting Drugs :

Use of Non-injecting Drugs Use of other substances, including alcohol and non-injected "street drugs," can also put a person at risk for getting HIV. These substances can impair judgment which can increase the likelihood that a person will take risks (having unprotected sex, sharing needles) or may place the person in unsafe situations. Additionally, some substances have physiological and biological effects on the body, including masking of pain and the creation of sores on the mouth and genitals, which can create additional "openings" for HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases. 25 Copyright 2/2008

Gender and Equality Issues :

Gender and Equality Issues Lack of power in a relationship can affect a person's ability to insist on sexual protection, such as the use of condoms. Women are often socially and economically dependent upon men in many countries. This can make them unable to ask their partner to use condoms or to leave a relationship that puts them at risk. In some cultures, females are not encouraged to learn about their bodies, sex, birth control, or other sexuality topics. Other cultures promote the value of the male having multiple sexual partners, while discouraging the same behavior in females. 26 Copyright 2/2008

HIV Transmission:

HIV Transmission People may become infected with HIV if they engage in specific risk behaviors or if they are exposed through needle stick injuries (usually in a healthcare setting.) Other blood contact with mucous membranes or non-intact skin provides a possible, but not probable, chance of transmission. 27 Copyright 2/2008

HIV is not Transmitted by::

HIV is not Transmitted by: HIV is not transmitted through the air. Sneezing, breathing and coughing do not transmit HIV. Touching, hugging and shaking hands do not transmit HIV. HIV transmission is not possible from food in a restaurant that is prepared or served by an HIV-infected employee. HIV is not transmitted through casual contact in the workplace. No cases of HIV transmission have been linked to sharing computers, food, telephones, paper, water fountains, swimming pools, bathrooms, desks, office furniture, toilet seats, showers, tools, equipment, coffee pots or eating facilities. There have been no cases of HIV transmission by children playing, eating, sleeping, kissing and hugging. However, personal items which may be contaminated with blood, including but not limited to razors, toothbrushes and sex toys, should not be shared. 28 Copyright 2/2008

Unusual Cases of HIV Transmission :

Unusual Cases of HIV Transmission To date, there have been less than a dozen known cases of HIV transmission that have occurred in household settings in the U.S. and other countries. Reports of these cases have been thoroughly investigated by the CDC. The researchers determined that the transmissions were caused by sharing a razor contaminated with infected blood, the exposure of infected blood to cuts and broken skin, and possibly deep kissing involving a couple who both had bleeding gums and poor dental hygiene. It is important to remember that these cases were extremely unusual. Sensible precautions with bleeding wounds and cuts and not sharing personal hygiene items would have prevented these cases of infection. There are also isolated cases of transmission from health care workers to patients. To date, there were three instances where transmission of HIV could only be tracked to the HIV-infected doctor, dentist or nurse treating the patient. At least one of these cases occurred prior to the implementation of strict equipment disinfection. 29 Copyright 2/2008

Biting and HIV:

Biting and HIV Biting poses very little risk of HIV transmission. The possibility only exists if the person who is biting and the person who is bitten have an exchange of blood (such as through bleeding gums or open sores in the mouth.) Bites may transmit other infections, and should be treated immediately by thoroughly washing the bitten skin with soap and warm water, and disinfecting with antibiotic skin ointment. A good practice when working on HIV patients that may be at risk of biting a dental health worker (children, those with poor motor control, or the extreme mentally ill) is to use a bite block when working with in the mouth environment. 30 Copyright 2/2008

Work Place Hazards:

Work Place Hazards Workplace exposures occur through an unintentional needlestick injury or potentially through a splash with infectious blood or blood-contaminated material. 31 Copyright 2/2008

Sexual Abstinence/Monogamous Relationships:

Sexual Abstinence/Monogamous Relationships Sexual abstinence (not engaging in anal, vaginal or oral intercourse or other sexual activities where blood, semen or vaginal fluid can enter the body) is a completely safe and 100% effective method for preventing the sexual transmission of HIV. Non-penetrative sex, where the penis does not enter the vagina or anus, nor are penetrative sex toys shared, is a safer sex method that greatly decreases your risk of getting infected with HIV. This practice will not transmit HIV, provided that there is no exchange of blood, semen, vaginal fluids or breast milk in the sexual contact. Non-penetrative sexual intercourse may still be a risk factor for the transmission of other sexually transmitted diseases. Monogamous long-term relationships (having sex with only one person who only has sex with you) is another choice to prevent/reduce the risk of HIV infection. If neither partner is infected with HIV or other STDs, and neither has other sexual or injection equipment-sharing contacts, then neither partner is at risk of exposure to HIV or other STDs. In order for monogamy to protect against HIV and STDs both partners must be free of disease and both partners must remain monogamous. 32 Copyright 2/2008

Risk Reduction Methods: Limiting Partners :

Risk Reduction Methods: Limiting Partners The decision to limit the number of sexual or drug-injecting partners may reduce the risk of HIV transmission, but is not a guarantee of safety. The fewer the partners, the greater the reduction of risk. 33 Copyright 2/2008

Occupational Exposure to Bloodborne Pathogens:

Occupational Exposure to Bloodborne Pathogens The following requirements are mandated by Washington Administrative Code (WAC)296-823, Occupational Exposure to Bloodborne Pathogens. They are enforced by the Department of Labor and Industries Division of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH). Please check with your agencies to make sure you are in compliance with there requirements of this rule. Failure to comply may result in citations or penalties. This is a brief summary, and is not meant to provide direction on compliance with WAC 296-823. The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s compliance directive on occupational exposure to bloodborne pathogens, CPL 2-2.69, may be referenced for additional direction. For more information or assistance, contact an L&I consultant in your area. Check the blue government section of the phone book for the office nearest you, or call L&I's 24-hour toll-free line 1-800-4-BE-SAFE. For Internet access, go to www.lni.wa.gov. While HBV and HIV are specifically identified in the standard, "Bloodborne Pathogens" include any human pathogen present in human blood or other potentially infectious materials (OPIM). Bloodborne pathogens may also include HCV, Hepatitis D, malaria, syphilis, babesiosis, brucellosis, leptospirosis, arboviral infections, relapsing fever, Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, adult T-cell leukemia/lymphoma (caused by HTLV-I), HTLV-I associated myelopathy, disease associated with HTLV-II, and viral hemorrhagic fever. According to the CDC, HCV infection is the most common chronic bloodborne infection in the United States. HCV is a viral infection of the liver transmitted primarily by exposure to blood. 34 Copyright 2/2008

Blood and Other Potentially Infectious Materials (OPIM):

Blood and Other Potentially Infectious Materials (OPIM) Body Fluids that carry infection Laundry can be a source of infection, handle it carefully! Bodily fluids that have been recognized as linked to the transmission of HIV, HBV and HCV, and to which Standard Precautions and Universal Precautions apply are: blood, blood products, semen, vaginal secretions, cerebrospinal fluid, synovial (joint) fluid, pleural (lung)fluid, peritoneal (gut) fluid, pericardial (heart) fluid, amniotic (fluid surrounding the fetus) fluid, saliva in dental procedures, and specimens with concentrated HIV, HBV and HCV viruses. Body fluids such as urine, feces, and vomitus are not considered OPIM unless visibly contaminated by blood. 35 Copyright 2/2008

Blood and Other Potentially Infectious Materials (OPIM):

Blood and Other Potentially Infectious Materials (OPIM) Wastewater (sewage) has not been implicated in the transmission of HIV, HBV, and HCV and is not considered to be either OPIM or regulated waste. However, plumbers working in health care facilities or who are exposed to sewage originating directly from health care facilities carry a theoretical risk of occupational exposure to bloodborne pathogens. Employers should consider this risk when preparing their written “exposure determination”. Plumbers or wastewater workers working elsewhere are probably not at risk for exposure to bloodborne pathogens. Wastewater contains many other health hazards and workers should use appropriate personal protective equipment and maintain personal hygiene standards when working. Cleaning Dental Traps should be Considered potentially an exposure risk 36 Copyright 2/2008

Exposure Control Plan to Limit Exposure is Mandated by WISHA/OSHA:

Exposure Control Plan to Limit Exposure is Mandated by WISHA/OSHA 37 Copyright 2/2008

Bloodborne Pathogens Training is also Mandatory to Prevent Exposure:

Bloodborne Pathogens Training is also Mandatory to Prevent Exposure 38 Copyright 2/2008

Hepatitis B Vaccination:

Hepatitis B Vaccination All employees with occupational exposure to blood or OPIM must be offered Hepatitis B Vaccination after receiving required training and within 10 days of initial assignment. The vaccine must be provided free of charge. Serologic testing after vaccination (to ensure that the shots were effective) is recommended for all persons with ongoing exposure to sharp medical devices. 39 Copyright 2/2008

Infection Control Systems :

Infection Control Systems Universal precautions Standard Precautions A system designed to prevent transmission of bloodborne pathogens in health care and other settings. Under universal precautions, blood/OPIM of all patients should always be considered potentially infectious for HIV and other pathogens. Is a newer system that considers all body fluids, except sweat, should be considered to be potentially infectious. 40 Copyright 2/2008

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE):

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Gloves, masks, protective eyewear and chin-length plastic face shields are examples of personal protective equipment (PPE). PPE shall be provided and worn by employees in all instances where they will or may come into contact with blood or OPIM. This includes, but is not limited to dentistry, phlebotomy or processing of any bodily fluid specimen, and postmortem (after death)procedures. 41 Copyright 2/2008

Gloves and Allergies:

Gloves and Allergies Traditionally, latex gloves have been advised to use when dealing with blood or OPIM. However, there have been documented cases of people with allergies to latex. In most circumstances, nitrile, vinyl and other glove alternatives meet the definition of “appropriate” gloves and may be used in place of latex gloves. See manufacturer's recommendations for specific quality testing information. Employers are required to provide non-latex alternatives to employees with latex and other sensitivities. 42 Copyright 2/2008

Laundry Issues:

Laundry Issues Reusable PPE must be cleaned and decontaminated, or laundered by the employer. Lab coats and scrubs are generally considered to be worn as uniforms or personal clothing. When contamination is reasonably likely, protective gowns should be worn. If lab coats or scrubs are worn as PPE they must be removed as soon as practical and laundered by the employer. 43 Copyright 2/2008

Laundry Issues:

Laundry Issues 44 Copyright 2/2008

Safer Medical Devices :

Safer Medical Devices Safer medical devices and work practices shall be used in preference to personal protective equipment to minimize or eliminate employee exposure. There are now many safer medical devices available. Employers must include employees in ongoing evaluation of safer medical devices and implement these devices whenever feasible. Evaluation and implementation of these devices must be documented in the ECP. Safer medical device lists can be accessed through web sites maintained by the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health SHARP program, the National Association for the Primary Prevention of Sharps Injuries, and the International Health Care Worker Safety Center. Note: Reusable syringes which have loose needle hubs should be replaced. If the hub ends up coming off when the needle is being removed it could cause a needle stick injury when the employee tries to remove the dirty needle from the hub. For safety reasons purchase replacement syringes in which the hub does not screw on and off. Never reach into a sharps container to reclaim a needle hub. 45 Copyright 2/2008

Hand Hygiene: Hand hygiene (soap and water washing or use of a waterless alcohol based hand rub) must be performed::

Hand Hygiene: Hand hygiene (soap and water washing or use of a waterless alcohol based hand rub) must be performed: After removal of gloves and/or other protective equipment. Immediately after hand contact with blood or other infectious materials. It is also recommended that hand hygiene be performed before leaving Patient care facilities. Upon leaving the work area. Before and after patient contact and after using restroom soap and water hand washing must be performed whenever hands are visibly contaminated or there is a reasonable likelihood of contamination . 46 Copyright 2/2008

Proper Soap and Water Hand Washing Technique Involves the Following: :

Proper Soap and Water Hand Washing Technique Involves the Following: 47 Copyright 2/2008

Hand Hygiene:

Hand Hygiene It is advisable to keep fingernails short, and to wear a minimum amount of jewelry. Additional information on hand hygiene can be found in the CDC Guideline for Hand Hygiene in Healthcare Settings, 2002. 48 Copyright 2/2008

Clean and Sanitary Conditions:

Clean and Sanitary Conditions The work area is to be maintained in a clean and sanitary condition. The employer is required to determine and implement a written schedule for cleaning and disinfection based on the location within the facility, type of surface to be cleaned, type of soil present and tasks or procedures being performed. All equipment, environmental and working surfaces must be properly cleaned and disinfected after contact with blood or OPIM. Contaminated broken glassware must be removed using mechanical means, like a brush and dustpan or vacuum cleaner. 49 Copyright 2/2008

Disinfectant/Chemical Germicides:

Disinfectant/Chemical Germicides Chemical germicides and disinfectants used at recommended dilutions must be used to decontaminate environmental surfaces. Consult the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) lists of registered sterilants, tuberculocidal disinfectants, and antimicrobials with HIV/HBV efficacy claims for verification that the disinfectant used is appropriate. 50 Copyright 2/2008

Specimens:

Specimens Specimens of blood or OPIM must be placed in a closeable, labeled or color-coded leak proof container prior to being stored or transported. 51 Copyright 2/2008

Regulated Waste Disposal :

Regulated Waste Disposal All regulated waste must be placed in closeable, leak proof containers or bags that are color-coded (red bagged) or labeled as required by WAC 296-823-14060 to prevent leakage during handling, storage and transport. Disposal of waste shall be in accordance with federal, state and local regulations. 52 Copyright 2/2008

Regulated Waste and Care:

Regulated Waste and Care WAC 296-823 defines “Regulated waste” as any of the following: *RCW 70.95K addresses “biomedical waste management”. Individual county or health jurisdiction waste management regulations may need to be consulted. 53 Copyright 2/2008

Sharps Disposal :

Sharps Disposal Needles are NOT to be recapped, purposely bent or broken, removed or otherwise manipulated by hand. After they are used, disposable syringes and needles, scalpel blades and other sharp items are to be immediately placed in puncture-resistant, labeled containers for disposal. Phlebotomy needles must not be removed from holder unless required by a medical procedure. The intact phlebotomy needle/holder must be placed directly into an appropriate sharps container. 54 Copyright 2/2008

Label or Tags:

Label or Tags Tags must contain a signal word or symbol and a major message. The signal word shall be "BIOHAZARD", or the biological hazard symbol. The major message must indicate the specific hazardous condition or the instruction to be communicated to the employee. The signal word must be readable at a minimum of five feet or such greater distance as warranted by the hazard. The tag's major message must be presented in either pictographs, written text, or both. The signal word and the major message must be understandable to all employees who may be exposed to the identified hazard. All employees will be informed as to the meaning of the various tags used throughout the workplace and what special precautions are necessary. 55 Copyright 2/2008

Personal Activities and Food and Drink :

Personal Activities and Food and Drink Eating, drinking, smoking, applying cosmetics or lip balm, and handling contact lenses are prohibited in work areas that carry occupational exposure. Food and drink must not be stored in refrigerators, freezers or cabinets where blood or OPIM are stored, or in other areas . 56 Copyright 2/2008

Post-Exposure Management:

Post-Exposure Management 57 Copyright 2/2008

Management of Occupational Exposure to HIV/HBV/HCV:

Management of Occupational Exposure to HIV/HBV/HCV An occupational exposure is defined as a percutaneous injury(e.g., a needlestick or cut with a sharp object) or contact of mucous membrane or non-intact skin (e.g., exposed skin that is chapped, abraded, or afflicted with dermatitis) with blood, tissue, or other potentially infectious materials. 58 Copyright 2/2008

The Risks of Infection from an Occupational Exposure Depend on the Following::

The Risks of Infection from an Occupational Exposure Depend on the Following: 59 Copyright 2/2008

Risk of HIV Transmission :

Risk of HIV Transmission The risk of HIV infection to a health care worker through a needle-stick is less than 1 percent. Approximately 1 in 300 exposures through a needle or sharp instrument result in infection. The risks of HIV infection though splashes of blood to the eyes, nose or mouth is even smaller - approximately 1 in 1,000. There have been no reports of HIV transmission from blood contact with intact skin. There is a theoretical risk of blood contact to an area of skin that is damaged, or from a large area of skin covered in blood for a long period of time. Through December 2002, the CDC reports 57 documented cases and 139 possible cases of occupational exposure to HIV since reporting started in 1985. 60 Copyright 2/2008

Risk of Hepatitis B and C Transmission :

Risk of Hepatitis B and C Transmission The risk of getting HBV from a needle-stick is 22-31% if the source person tests hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg) and Hepatitis B e antigen (HBeAg) positive. If the source person is HBsAg positive and HBeAg negative one has a 1-6% risk of getting HBV unless the person exposed has been vaccinated. The risk of getting HCV from a needle-stick is 1.8%. The risk of getting HBV or HCV from a blood splash to the eyes, nose or mouth is possible but believed to be very small. Since 1999 about 800 health care workers a year are reported to be infected with HBV following occupational exposure. There are no exact estimates on how many health care workers contract HCV from an occupational exposure, but the risk is considered low. To see this original picture of Hepatitis C on the web as well as learn about Hepatitis C visit: www.ncahs.nsw.gov.au/sexual-health 61 Copyright 2/2008

Treatment after a Potential Exposure:

Treatment after a Potential Exposure FOLLOW THE PROTOCOL OF YOUR EMPLOYER. As soon as safely possible, wash the affected area(s) with soap and water. Application of antiseptics should not be a substitute for washing. It is recommended that any potentially contaminated clothing be removed as soon as possible. It is also recommended that you familiarize yourself with existing protocols and the location of emergency eyewash or showers and other stations within your facility. If the exposure is to the eyes, nose or mouth, flush thoroughly with water, saline or sterile irrigates. The risk of contracting HIV through this type of exposure is estimated to be 0.09%. 62 Copyright 2/2008

Sharps Injuries:

Sharps Injuries Wash the exposed area with soap and water. Do not "milk" or squeeze the wound. There is no evidence that shows using antiseptics (like hydrogen peroxide) will reduce the risk of transmission for any bloodborne pathogens; however, the use of antiseptics is not contraindicated. In the event that the wound needs suturing, emergency treatment should be obtained. The risk of contracting HIV from this type of exposure is estimated to be 0.3%. 63 Copyright 2/2008

Bite or Scratch Wounds :

Bite or Scratch Wounds Exposure to saliva is not considered substantial unless there is visible contamination with blood or the saliva emanates from a dental procedure. Wash the area with soap and water, and cover with a sterile dressing as appropriate. All bites should be evaluated by a health care professional. Note: For human bites, the clinical evaluation must include the possibility that both the person bitten and the person who inflicted the bite were exposed to bloodborne pathogens. 64 Copyright 2/2008

Exposure to Urine, Vomit, or Feces:

Exposure to Urine, Vomit, or Feces Exposure to urine, feces, vomit or sputum is not considered a potential bloodborne pathogens exposure unless the fluid is visibly contaminated with blood. Follow your employer’s procedures for cleaning these fluids. 65 Copyright 2/2008

Reporting the Exposure:

Reporting the Exposure After cleaning the exposed area, report the exposure to the department or individual at your workplace that is responsible for managing exposure. Obtain medical evaluation as soon as possible. Discuss with a healthcare professional the extent of the exposure, treatment, follow-up care, personal prevention measures, the need for a tetanus shot and other care. Your employer is required to provide an appropriate post exposure management referral at no cost to you. Note: HIV and hepatitis infection are notifiable conditions under WAC 246-101. The Employer must supply: 66 Copyright 2/2008

Post-exposure Prophylaxis:

Post-exposure Prophylaxis 67 Copyright 2/2008

Post-exposure Prophylaxis, Continued…:

Post-exposure Prophylaxis, Continued… The benefit of the use of antiviral agents to prevent HCV infection is unknown and antiviral are not currently FDA approved for prophylaxis. Post-exposure prophylaxis can only be obtained from a licensed healthcare provider. Your facility may have recommendations and a chain of command in place for you to obtain PEP. After evaluation of the exposure route and other risk factors, certain anti-HIV medications maybe prescribed. The national bloodborne pathogen hotline provides 24-hour consultation for clinicians who have been exposed on the job. Call 1-888-448-4911 for the latest information on prophylaxis for HIV, hepatitis, and other pathogens. 68 Copyright 2/2008

Post-exposure prophylaxis, continued…:

Post-exposure prophylaxis, continued… PEP is not as simple as swallowing one pill. The medications must be started as soon as possible, and continued for 28 days. Many people experience significant medication side effects. It is very important to report occupational exposure to the department at your workplace that is responsible for managing exposure. If post-exposure treatment is recommended, it should be started as soon as possible. In rural areas, police, firefighters and other at-risk emergency providers should identify a 24-hour source for PEP. In addition, Washington state workers have a right to file a worker's compensation claim for exposure to bloodborne pathogens. Industrial insurance covers the cost of post-exposure prophylaxis and follow-up for the injured worker. 69 Copyright 2/2008

HIV/HBV/HCV testing post-exposure:

HIV/HBV/HCV testing post-exposure 70 Copyright 2/2008

Source testing:

Source testing WAC 296-823-16010 requires the employer to arrange to test the “source individual” – someone whose blood or OPIM an employee was exposed to - for HIV, HBV and HCV as soon as feasible after getting their consent. If the employer does not get consent the employer must document such and inform the employee. 71 Copyright 2/2008

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PEP for Sexual Exposure:

PEP for Sexual Exposure PEP for occupational exposure is standard, and its effectiveness has been documented. PEP for sexual exposure (assault or consenting) or for needle-sharing is not standard medical practice in many communities. Depending on your location in Washington State, providers may not even be familiar with the idea of providing PEP to people who have post-sexual exposure to HIV. The University of California at San Francisco has operated a PEP clinic for non-occupational exposure since 1997. For more information, call (415) 487-5538 or (415) 514-4PEP after hours. Good places to start PEP include your local emergency room. In Seattle and Western Washington there are clinics that specifically treat HIV-positive people. You can get information about these clinics through Public Health Seattle-King County's website: http://www.metrokc.gov/health/apu/std/wheretest.htm . If your doctor has questions, he or she can call PEPLine, the University of California at San Francisco's hotline for clinicians - 1-888-HIV-4911. PEP should never be used for primary prevention of HIV. Unlike emergency contraception to prevent pregnancy, there are no good studies to show that PEP works for post-sexual exposure. It is a complicated combination of medicines that sometimes have serious side effects. 73 Copyright 2/2008

Bloodborne Pathogen, Sanitary and Food Preparation Procedures for Homes and Home-like Settings:

Bloodborne Pathogen, Sanitary and Food Preparation Procedures for Homes and Home-like Settings People who live or work in homes and home-like settings should practice good hygiene techniques in preparing food, handling body fluids and medical equipment. Cuts, accidents, or other circumstances can result in spills of blood/OPIM. These spills may be deposited upon carpeting, vinyl flooring, clothing, on a person's skin, or other surfaces. It is important that everyone, even young children, have a basic understanding that they should not put their bare hands in, or on, another person's blood. 74 Copyright 2/2008

Using Gloves for Household Protection:

Using Gloves for Household Protection Gloves should be worn when caretakers anticipate direct contact with any body substances (blood or OPIM) or non-intact skin. When you are through, carefully pull the gloves off, inside-out, one at a time, so that the contaminated surfaces are inside and you avoid contact with any potentially infectious material. Gloves should be changed, and hands washed as soon as possible between children, patients, etc. Never rub the eyes, mouth or face while wearing gloves. Latex gloves should never be washed and reused. 75 Copyright 2/2008

Hand Washing Technique for Home:

Hand Washing Technique for Home Use soap, warm (almost hot) water, and good friction, making sure to scrub the top, back, and all sides of the fingers. Lather well and rinse for at least 10 seconds. When rinsing, begin at the fingertips, so that the dirty water runs down and off the hands from the wrists. It is preferable to use a pump-type of liquid soap instead of bar hand soap. Dry hands on paper towels. Use the dry paper towels to turn off the faucets (don't touch with clean hands) 76 Copyright 2/2008

Hand Washing Continued…:

Hand Washing Continued… A waterless hand washing product should be made available for immediate use if a suitable sink is not readily available in the home or work setting. This product does not replace proper hand washing with soap and water. Refer to the manufacturer's directions for use. People who have been exposed to body fluids should wash their hands BEFORE, as well as after, using the toilet. The paper towel that was used to dry the hands may also be used to open the bathroom door, if necessary, before disposing of the towel. 77 Copyright 2/2008

Precautions with Personal Hygiene Items:

Precautions with Personal Hygiene Items People should not share razors, toothbrushes, personal towels or washcloths, dental hygiene tools, vibrators, enema equipment or other personal care items. 78 Copyright 2/2008

Cleaning Blood/OPIM:

Cleaning Blood/OPIM Wear appropriate gloves. Use sterile gauze or other bandages, and follow normal first-aid techniques to stop the bleeding. After applying the bandage, remove the gloves slowly, so that fluid particles do not splatter or become aerosolized. Hands should be washed using good technique as soon as possible. 79 Copyright 2/2008

Cleaning Body Fluid Spills on Vinyl Floors:

Cleaning Body Fluid Spills on Vinyl Floors Any broken glass should be swept up using a broom and dustpan, (never bare hands!) empty the dustpan in a well-marked plastic bag or heavy-duty container. The body fluid spill may be pretreated with full-strength liquid disinfectant or detergent. Next, wipe up the body fluid spill with either a mop and hot, soapy water, or appropriate gloves and paper towels. Dispose of the paper towels in the plastic bag. Use a good disinfectant (e.g., household bleach 5.25% mixed fresh with water 1:10) to disinfect the area that the spill occurred. If a mop was used for the cleaning, soak it in a bucket of hot water and disinfectant for the recommended time. Empty the mop bucket water in the toilet, rather than a sink. Sponges and mops used to clean up body fluid spills should not be rinsed out in the kitchen sink, or in a location where food is prepared. 80 Copyright 2/2008

Cleaning Body Fluid Spills on Carpeting:

Cleaning Body Fluid Spills on Carpeting Pour dry kitty litter or other absorbent material on the spill to absorb the body fluid. Then pour full-strength liquid detergent on the carpet, which helps to disinfect the area. If there are pieces of broken glass present, the broom and dustpan method can be used next to sweep up the kitty litter and visible broken glass. Use carpet-safe liquid disinfectant instead of diluted bleach on the carpeting. Pour this carefully on the entire contaminated area; let it remain there for the time recommended by the manufacturer. Follow this by absorbing the spill with paper towels and sturdy rubber gloves. Vacuum normally afterwards. Any debris, paper towels, or soiled kitty litter should be disposed of in a sealed plastic bag that has been placed inside another plastic garbage bag. Twist and seal the top of the second bag as well. 81 Copyright 2/2008

Cleaning Laundry in Home Settings:

Cleaning Laundry in Home Settings Clothes, washable uniforms, towels or other laundry that have been stained with blood/OPIM should be cleaned and disinfected before further use. If possible, have the person remove the clothing, or use appropriate gloves to assist with removing the clothes. If it is a distance to the washing machine, transport the soiled clothing items in a sturdy plastic bag. Next, place the items in the washing machine, and soak or wash the items in cold, soapy water to remove any blood from the fabric. Hot water permanently sets blood stains. Use hot soapy water for the next washing cycle, and include sufficient detergent, which will act as a disinfectant, in the water. Dry the items using a clothes dryer. Wool clothing or uniforms may be rinsed with cold soapy water and then dry cleaned to remove and disinfect the stain. 82 Copyright 2/2008

Other Household Concerns…:

Other Household Concerns… 83 Copyright 2/2008

Pet Care Precautions for the Family Living With HIV:

Pet Care Precautions for the Family Living With HIV Certain animals may be health hazards for people with compromised immune systems. These animals include turtles, reptiles, birds, puppies and kittens under the age of eight months, wild animals, pets without current immunizations, and pets with illnesses of unknown origin. Pet cages and cat litter boxes can harbor infectious, sometimes aerosolized organisms. These pet items should be cared for only by someone who is not immunocompromised. If this is not possible, a mask with a sealable nose clip, and disposable latex gloves should be worn each time pet care is done. Follow all pet care with thorough hand washing. 84 Copyright 2/2008

Pet Precautions Continued…:

Pet Precautions Continued… Animals may carry a variety of diseases harmful to people with weakened immune systems. Some of these diseases may be passed by the animal licking their person's face or open wounds. Wash hands after stroking or other contact with pets. Keep cats‘ and dogs' nails trimmed. Wear latex gloves to clean up a pet's urine, feces, vomit, etc. The soiled area should be cleaned with a fresh solution of 1:10 bleach. Pet food and water bowls should be regularly washed in warm, soapy water, and then rinsed. Cat litter boxes should be emptied out regularly and washed at least monthly. Fish tanks should be kept clean. It is possible to order disposable latex "calf-birthing" gloves from a veterinarian for immunocompromised individuals. These gloves should offer protection from the organisms that are present in the fish tank. 85 Copyright 2/2008

More Pet Precautions:

More Pet Precautions Do not let your pet drink from the toilet, eat other animal's feces, or any type of dead animal or garbage. It is best to restrict cats to the indoors only. Dogs should be kept indoors or on a leash. Many communities have volunteer groups and veterinarians that will assist people with HIV take care of their pets, if needed. Do not hesitate to consult your veterinarian with your questions. 86 Copyright 2/2008

Kitchen Safety and Proper Food Preparation Skills:

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Kitchen Safety and Proper Food Preparation Skills Continued…:

Kitchen Safety and Proper Food Preparation Skills Continued… 88 Copyright 2/2008

Safe and Legal Disposal of Sharps:

Safe and Legal Disposal of Sharps Disposal of syringes, needles and lancets is regulated. These items are called “sharps”. They can carry hepatitis, HIV and other germs that cause disease. Throwing them in the trash or flushing them down the toilet can pose health risks for others. Regulations governing disposal of sharps protect garbage and other utility workers and the general public from needle sticks and illness. There are different rules and disposal options for different circumstances. Contact your local health department to determine which option applies to your situation. 89 Copyright 2/2008

Found Syringes in Parks and other Public Locations:

Found Syringes in Parks and other Public Locations Used syringes that are tossed aside in parks, along roadsides, in laundromats, etc., present potential risk for accidental needle-sticks. Risks for infection from a found syringe depends on a variety of factors, including the amount of time the syringe was left out, presence of blood and the type of injury (scratch versus puncture.) The risk of HIV infection to a health care worker from a needle-stick containing HIV-positive blood is about 1 in 300, according to CDC data. Anyone with an accidental needle-stick requires an assessment by a medical professional. The medical professional should make certain that the injured person had been vaccinated against Hepatitis B and tetanus; s/he may also recommend testing for HIV, HCV, and HBV. If a found syringe is handled, but no needle stick occurred, testing for HIV is not necessary. Handling a syringe is not a risk for HIV transmission. 90 Copyright 2/2008

Safe Disposal of Found Syringes:

Safe Disposal of Found Syringes If you find a syringe or needle, do not pick it up with your bare hands. Use a gloves and tongs, shovel or broom and dustpan to pick it up. Hold the needle away from your body. Do not break the needle off from the syringe. Needles can carry HIV, hepatitis and other germs. Please do not flush needles or syringes down the toilet! Place used sharps and syringes in a safe container: one with at least a one-inch opening and a lid that will seal tightly. An empty plastic laundry detergent, shampoo, pickle, oil or similar bottle or jar will work. If a glass jar is used, place it into a larger plastic bucket or container that has a tight-fitting lid. Soda cans are not good containers to use because people often try to recycle discarded cans. Carefully place the needle or syringe into the bottle or jar and seal the lid tightly. Tape it shut for added safety, and label it with the warning: “Sharps, Do Not Recycle”. The sealed container should not be placed where children might open it. Call your local health department to determine what disposal sites are available to you. 91 Copyright 2/2008

Unit Two Quiz:

Unit Two Quiz Directions: Get a piece of paper and pen and write your answers to the following 10 questions. When finished check your answers on the following answer slides. Keep each self quiz as proof that you have completed the unit. 92 Copyright 2/2008

Quiz for Unit Two:

Quiz for Unit Two True or False: Only oil-based lubricants should be used to prevent tearing of Latex condoms, when used correctly and consistently during sexual intercourse, (anal, vaginal and oral) are highly effective in preventing the transmission of HIV. True and False: Body fluids such as urine, feces, and vomitus are considered OPIM unless visibly contaminated by blood. True or false: It is not required to have an Exposure Control Plan as long as your dental practice is located in a low risk area. With in how many days must a new employee be offered Hepatitis B Immunization? What is the name of the newer system that considers all body fluids, except sweat, should be considered to be potentially infectious? True or false: Lab coats and scrubs are generally considered to be full protection from blood born pathogens? True or false: Eating, drinking, smoking, applying cosmetics balm, and handling contact lenses are prohibited in work areas that carry occupational exposure? True or false: Employers must make a confidential post-exposure medical evaluation available to employees who report an exposure incident. The risks of HIV infection though splashes of blood to the eyes, nose or mouth is even smaller - approximately 1 in 1,000. True or False: Unlike emergency contraception to prevent pregnancy, there are no good studies to show that PEP works for post-sexual exposure. 93 Copyright 2/2008

Answers for Unit Two Quiz:

Answers for Unit Two Quiz True or False : Only oil-based lubricants should be used to prevent tearing of True or false: Latex condoms, when used correctly and consistently during sexual intercourse, (anal, vaginal and oral) are highly effective in preventing the transmission of HIV. True and False : Body fluids such as urine, feces, and vomitus are considered OPIM unless visibly contaminated by blood. True or false: It is not required to have an Exposure Control Plan as long as your dental practice is located in a low risk area. With in how many days must a new employee be offered Hepatitis B Immunization? (10 days) What is the name of the newer system that considers all body fluids, except sweat, should be considered to be potentially infectious? (Standard Precautions) True or false : Lab coats and scrubs are generally considered to be full protection from blood born pathogens? True or false: Eating, drinking, smoking, applying cosmetics balm, and handling contact lenses are prohibited work areas that carry occupational exposure? True or false: Employers must make a confidential post-exposure medical evaluation available to employees who report an exposure incident. True or false: The risks of HIV infection though splashes of blood to the eyes, nose or mouth is smaller - approximately 1 in 1,000. True or False: Unlike emergency contraception to prevent pregnancy, there are no good studies to show that PEP works for post-sexual exposure. 94 Copyright 2/2008

Congratulations:

Congratulations You have completed Unit Two of HIV/AIDS online learning course. You will now move to Unit Three. 95 Copyright 2/2008