Learning Outcomes for Study Session 26

When you have studied this session, you should be able to:

26.1  Define and use correctly all of the key words printed in bold. (SAQs 2.1 and 26.3)

26.2  Describe the basic principles and standard procedures of universal precautions to prevent exposure and transmission of blood-borne infectious agents. (SAQ 26.1)

26.3  Describe the standard procedures for giving safe injections to prevent occupational exposure to infectious agents. (SAQ 26.2)

26.4  Explain the principles of post-exposure prophylaxis. (SAQ 26.3)

26.5  Assess the risks of HIV infection following accidental occupational exposures. (SAQ 26.4)

26.6  Describe the measures that should be taken when a healthcare worker suffers a needle-stick injury. (SAQ 26.4)

26.7  Explain how you would refer someone who has been raped for post-exposure HIV prophylaxis. (SAQ 26.5)

Study Session 26  Universal Precautions, Infection Prevention and Post-Exposure Prophylaxis for Health Workers

26.1  Universal precautions