Bloodborne Pathogen Policy

Bloodborne Pathogen Policy 
The dental hygiene program complies with current infection control policies. Standard precautions are observed to prevent contact with blood or other potentially infectious materials. Information for students regarding blood borne pathogens and infectious disease is currently offered in classes and lectures throughout the curriculum, during annual bloodborne pathogen training sessions and the clinic manual. A dental hygiene student, faculty or staff exposed to a blood borne pathogen while treating a patient or handling instruments at the Hostos Community College Dental Hygiene Patient Care Facility is expected to follow the Post-Exposure Evaluation and Follow-up guidelines described in the college’s Exposure Control Plan, found in the dental hygiene program’s Clinic Manual. All patients are made aware that they are entitled to an explanation that blood borne pathogens and infectious diseases are handled following current protocol policies. The Patient Consent Form and the Patient’s Bill of Rights alert the patient of blood borne pathogens in the facility. The blood borne pathogen policy is available to patients upon request in the Dental hygiene Patient Care Facility.