Project Background and Partners

Project Background

In 2014, there was sporadic, anecdotal evidence of employee blood and body fluid exposures (BBFE) in some community healthcare practices. BBFE responses and follow up were inconsistent and raised concerns over available training and follow-up protocols in all community healthcare settings.

According to clinical evidence, proper post-exposure assessment, including the timely provision of prophylaxis, reduces the likelihood of blood borne virus transmission following occupational BBFEs.

Many health professionals lack the training and expertise to provide appropriate prevention training, exposure assessment, and management of BBFE.

The standards for employee health and wellness should be consistent throughout all practice settings and in compliance with provincial best practices, guidelines, and legislation.

These resources have been developed to support community health care providers and increase their awareness of the appropriate response to BBFE.

Collaborating Partners

  • Alberta College of Optometrists
  • Alberta College of Pharmacists
  • Alberta Dental Association & College
  • College & Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta
  • College and Association of Respiratory Therapists of Alberta
  • College of Alberta Dental Assistants
  • College of Alberta Denturists
  • College of Medical Laboratory Technologists of Alberta
  • College of Midwives of Alberta
  • College of Physical Therapists of Alberta, (operating as Physiotherapy Alberta - College + Association)
  • College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta
  • College of Registered Dental Hygienists of Alberta
Consultants
  • Gene Shematek, Subject Matter Expert, GMS & Associates, Ltd.
  • Elizabeth Hanlis, Instructional Design and E-Learning, eHanlis Inc.
  • Paul Abbass, Secondary Consultant for Communication Plan, LEGITIMED Inc.

Questions

If you have any questions related to BBFE, it is essential to seek help from a healthcare professional with experience in BBFE management.
If you have questions about this project, please send an email to: info@physiotherapyalberta.ca.