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.
- Health Improvement and Employee Wellness
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- Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
- Employee Care Express
- DHMC (Lebanon)
- D-H Concord, Manchester, & Nashua
- Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth-Hitchcock
- Occurrence Reporting
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