HIV/AIDS and Other Bloodborne Pathogens for Funeral Professionals_2 hour


About the Course
Microorganisms carried in the blood that can cause disease are called bloodborne pathogens. Various types of microorganisms can be transmitted through contact with blood, but this course will focus primarily on the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)—the cause of acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS)—and the virus that causes hepatitis B (HBV). These two diseases are specifically addressed by the Bloodborne Pathogens Standard mandated by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). The course will also discuss the hepatitis C virus (HCV), which has dramatically increased in the United States. Of the bloodborne pathogens, funeral professionals are most likely to be exposed to HIV, HBV, and HCV (Davidson & Benjamin, 2006). To stay safe in the workplace, it is important not just to follow government safety guidelines and mandates but to have a basic understanding of the pathogens themselves.

Learning Outcomes

  • Know the difference between HIV infection and AIDS.
  • Describe how HIV is transmitted
  • Recall rules and regulations regarding HIV/AIDS status disclosure.
  • Paraphrase protections afforded to HIV-positive funeral personnel under the Americans with Disabilities Act.
  • Understand the dangers of bloodborne pathogens, including hepatitis B and hepatitis C.
  • Identify and define standard precautions that apply to mortuary and funeral procedures
  • Understand OSHA’s Bloodborne Pathogens Standard.
  • Describe the necessity of an exposure control plan.

How to Receive Credit

  • Read the entire course online or in print.
  • Answer the final examination questions at the end of the course. A passing grade of 75% is required. Test questions link content to learning objectives as a method to enhance individualized learning and material retention.
  • Provide required personal information and payment information.
  • Complete the mandatory course evaluation.
  • Print your Certificate of Completion.

Resolution of Conflict of Interest
Colibri Healthcare, LLC implemented mechanisms prior to the planning and implementation of the continuing education activity, to identify and resolve conflicts of interest for all individuals in a position to control content of the course activity.

Sponsorship/Commercial Support and Non-Endorsement
It is the policy of Colibri not to accept commercial support. Furthermore, commercial interests are prohibited from distributing or providing access to this activity to learners.

The information provided in this activity is for continuing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a healthcare provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition.
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Colibri Healthcare, LLC is approved by the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice (APFSP) (Provider #1046). APFSP also approves all funeral courses. Many states accept APFSP approved courses.