Physicians and bloodborne pathogens training

By: November 17th, 2010 Email This Post Print This Post

If you were not able to access the full article from the October Medical Environment Update on the challenges of training physicians with regard to OSHA’s Bloodborne Pathogens standard, much of that article appeared in HealthLeaders, October 26.

Here is an excerpt:

Engage for effective training
When engaging physicians for bloodborne pathogens training, think of yourself as a facilitator, not a lecturer, advises Sarah Alholm, MAS, who provides safety-related healthcare consulting services and training in Asheville, NC, and is the author of OSHA Training Handbook for Healthcare Facilities.

Alholm’s book uses the case study method, one that she feels can especially appeal to initial and annual bloodborne pathogens training because it involves analysis and decision-making, which helps give physicians the sense of directing the content of the sessions, she explains.

Of course, to do that effectively, you have to really know the content, Alholm adds.

Don’t forget that for bloodborne pathogens, OSHA allows you to tailor the training program to the learner’s job duties, background and education. You might not need to spend as much time on the routes, signs, and symptoms of HBV, HCV, and HIV with physicians as you would for other employees. “Touch on the requirements without getting too into the weeds,” says Alholm.

Click here to read complete article, “OSHA Bloodborne Pathogen Training Mandatory for Physicians.”

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