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Needlestick/Exposure to Blood Borne Pathogens

Staff may be exposed to blood borne pathogens (BBPs) in the course of their job duties.

An exposure is generally defined as a percutaneous injury (e.g., a needlestick or cut with a sharp object), contact of mucous membrane or non-intact skin with blood, tissue or body fluids that are contaminated with visible blood.

What to do if you are exposed

  • Wash and/or irrigate the exposure site
  • Report the incident to your supervisor
  • Complete an electronic Report of Injury (eROI) as soon as possible.
  • Seek medical treatment as you feel necessary. You may choose to see your primary care provider for care or Occupational Medicine. Please call Occupational Medicine at 3-3850 to schedule an appointment or seek care in the Emergency Department as needed, if Occupational Medicine is closed.
  • Call the BUZZ Hotline, 5-6000, at any time to expedite your blood borne exposure work-up evaluation.

What you can do to prevent exposure

  • Observe standard precautions - wear gloves, safety glasses, and a mask - when performing any activity where the potential exists for BBP exposure.
  • Familiarize yourself with, and use, safety devices on needles, syringes, and intravenous equipment.
  • Complete the Hepatits B immunization series with documented presence of antibody to Hepatitis B.

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