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PHS Ch 12

Professional Knowledge in Diagnostic Services

TermDefinition
aseptic techniques practices used by healthcare professionals to maintain a pathogen-free environment and prevent the transmission of disease.
Bloodborne Pathogens Standard an OSHA regulation that protects employees from exposure to blood and other potentially infectious materials.
chain of infection the elements required for an infection to spread from one source to another.
drug-resistant bacteria strains of a bacterium that have adapted and are no longer controlled or killed by normal antibiotic treatment.
Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) an OSHA regulation aimed at promoting awareness of hazardous substances and understanding of safe handling practices.
healthcare-associated infection (HAI) an infection that is not present when a patient is admitted to a hospital or healthcare facility but develops 48 hours or more after admission.
occupational exposure term for the reasonable expectation for contact with blood or other potentially infectious materials during the performance of job duties.
pathogen a disease-causing microorganism.
resistant not susceptible; able to survive in negative conditions.
Safety Data Sheet (SDS) an OSHA-required document that explains the hazards of a chemical product.
transmission-based precautions eightened care techniques that are performed in addition to standard precautions based on how a patient’s infection is spread.
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