Infectious Disease Control for Funeral Directors and Embalmers

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Learning objectives

  • Describe five CDC universal precautions for infection prevention and control for airborne, droplet, and contact transmission of pathogens.
  • List five steps for personal protective equipment (PPE) compliance from the CDC guidelines for infection prevention and control procedures in the funeral home setting.
  • Explain how pathogenic organisms may be spread in funeral home settings and identify factors that influence exposure and transmission.
  • Identify five types of infectious disease that require the use of barriers, personal protective equipment, and control strategies to protect personnel from pathogens according to CDC and WHO guidelines.
  • Define epidemiologically important organisms and discuss four types, including modes of transmission.
  • List and discuss OSHA guidelines and strategies, including cleaning, sterilization, chemical disinfection, and barriers to protect personnel and the public from infectious disease.
  • Describe CDC guidelines for barriers, protective equipment, and control procedures for personnel to prevent exposure to infectious material during the embalming process.
  • Define CDC and OSHA guidelines for handling, cleaning, disinfection, sterilization and waste disposal procedures to during post mortem procedures to prevent disease transmission.
  • Discuss the professional funeral director and embalmer’s responsibility for maintaining a safe environment for personnel, the public, and the environment.
  • Identify strategies and procedures for preventing transmission and controlling Ebola and HIV/AIDS virus during all post-mortem procedures.
  • Select five myths concerning infectious disease contamination from embalming and burial and discuss facts from PAHO and WHO research studies that dispel them.

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