Proper post-exposure management, including the timely provision of prophylaxis, reduces the likelihood of bloodborne virus transmission following occupational blood and body fluid exposures (BBFEs). While large health-care organizations (e.g., hospitals) often employ occupational health & safety or similar departments, many community-based health professionals are without such resources and lack the expertise to provide appropriate and effective prevention training, exposure assessment, and management of BBFE.
A number of resources to adress this issue where created in partnership with 12 health regulatory Colleges in Alberta, including Physiotherapy Alberta. The intent of the project was to develop educational resources for use by all regulated health professionals, with the goals of promoting the prevention of BBFEs and ensuring that follow-up of occupational exposure to bloodborne pathogens is in accordance with current best practices and provincial legislation.
Resources include online learning modules and an interactive algorithm which outlines the pathway for post-exposure response.
Visit www.bbfeab.ca to access the resources.