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Emergency Needlestick/Bloodborne Pathogen Exposure for Students of the University of Cincinnati

Accidental needlesticks and/or body fluid exposure can happen, but it's extremely important that you follow the protocols below and report the incident.

After Needlestick or Body Fluid Exposure

If indicated, HIV prophylaxis should be started within TWO hours.

It is important that blood/body fluid exposures be reported immediately to ensure appropriate care for the exposed student and to obtain necessary blood from source patient for testing.

  • Cleanse wound with soap and water and irrigate area with saline. For eyes, irrigate with water, saline, or sterile ophthalmic irrigating agent.
  • Report the incident per-protocol of the site at which you are rotating (incident location site) regarding documentation, obtaining source blood, etc.
  • Source patient blood tests are to be ordered by the provider responsible for the source patient's care.
  • Notify your supervisor immediately of the incident.
  • Receive care from your medical provider or the nearest emergency department that accepts your insurance.

Baseline SOURCE Tests are to include:

Hepatitis B surface Ag
Hepatitis B core IGM
Hepatitis C Ab
Rapid HIV

Baseline EXPOSED PERSON Tests are to include:

Hepatitis B surface Ag
Hepatitis B surface Ab
Hepatitis B core Ab
Hepatitis C Ab
4th Generation HIV

Reporting Instructions for Students

If you have UC Student Health Insurance or are a UC student with BBP insurance, please report your incident according to the schedule below:

  • Monday - Friday
    University Health Services (UHS), from 8:30 am to 4 pm, by calling 513-556-2564. It is best to call first to ensure the office is open.
  • Nights, Weekends, and University Holidays/Closures
    University of Cincinnati Medical Center or your nearest emergency department. If you need advice, call 513-584-STIX. Follow up with University Health Services the next workday at 513-584-STIX or 513-556-2564.
  • Away From Cincinnati
    Go to any hospital emergency room where you can get immediate care. Report your exposure to UHS at 513-584-STIX or 513-556-2564.

Student Health Insurance / Billing

You must process the forms located here, or you will be responsible to pay out-of-pocket for services received.

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