To find answers for a take-home test on bloodborne pathogens, students can turn to respected medical sites such as MedlinePlus, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and OSHA. The student's textbook for the given course also contains vital information.
Bloodborne pathogens are infectious microorganisms that appear in the blood and cause a variety of diseases such as hepatitis C, hepatitis B and the HIV virus that leads to AIDS, according to MedlinePlus. Bloodborne pathogens are most commonly passed from person to person through a needle or through getting blood in a patient's eye, mouth or nose. If a patient is exposed to a bloodborne pathogen, he must wash the area as well as he can and get medical attention immediately.
To limit the exposure of doctors, nurses, other medical personnel and patients to bloodborne pathogens, it is recommended that all people who are around blood, body tissue, bodily fluids, open skin or mucous membranes wear protective garments, as noted by MedlinePlus. These protective garments should include gloves, aprons, masks and shoe covers. People who work in medical occupations and housekeeping occupations are often at a greater risk of exposure to bloodborne pathogens, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.