Exposure to Bloodborne Pathogens
Student or visiting student
All exposures to human blood and body fluids to be reported immediately to Student Health Services. The Health Service maintains a 24-hour reporting system. During working hours, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., the office can be reached at (314) 362-3523. After working hours, the Health Service can be contacted through a digital beeper at #871-2966.
Bloodborne pathogen exposure protocol
Immediately following exposure:
- Needle sticks and cuts – wash with soap and water
- Splash to nose, mouth or skin – flush with water
- Splash to eyes – irrigate with water or sterile irrigants.
- Let your resident or preceptor know you are expected to seek medical attention immediately and
- Notify Student Health Service immediately
- Wound cleansing, dT booster if needed
- Source HBsAg, anti-HCV, anti-HIV testing
Evaluate for post-exposure prophylaxis:
- baseline testing at Student Health Service
- Safe sex, birth control after HBsAg+HIV+ and HIV+ exposure
- Student Health Service f/u with serologic f/u @ 1.5, 3,6, & 12 months
BJH BBP Exposure Control Plan 2011
Sharps safety education program
What should I do if I am exposed to the blood or body fluid of a patient?
1. Immediately following an exposure to blood:
- Wash needlesticks and cuts with soap and water
- Flush splashes to the nose, mouth or skin with water
- Irrigate eyes with clean water or saline
- Notify Studnet Health Service immediately
2. Keep the source or patient available for HIV, Hepatitis B antigen, and Hepatitis C ab testing. Notify your resident, preceptor, or attending to arrange for prompt counseling and testing of the source patient. Getting the source patient tested can potentially save you a month of prophylaxis and drug side effects, and many months of anxiety.
3. Students contact Student Health Services (314) 362-3523. After hours, please call (314) 871-2966 and listen carefully for instructions.
All expenses related to reported exposures are covered by your Student Health Service benefits.