Time matters! Proceed swiftly with the following:
Remove all soiled clothing.
Wash needlesticks and cuts with soap and water (15 mins).
Flush splashes to the nose, mouth, or skin with water (15 mins).
Irrigate eyes with clean water, saline, or sterile irrigants (15 mins).
Write down the following information on “source” patient:
Name, hospital or clinic number, date of birth, & patient location
Notify a supervising staff member that you need to report to employee health. Identify yourself as a UW School of Medicine "visiting medical student". If after hours, report to a local Emergency Department.
Report to Employee Health/Emergency Department as a blood/body fluid exposure for:
- Risk assessment of exposure
- Baseline laboratory work on you
- Employee Health evaluation of “source” patient
- Institution of post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP), if appropriate
BBP exposure lab testing and payment information:
All costs related to BBP exposures should be billed to your personal insurance. Students will be billed for items that are not covered by insurance.
If you have unanswered questions after a BBP exposure/needlestick, contact
Office of Student Affairs: 206-543-5560 (8am-5pm PST)
For further information
CDC Emergency Needlestick Information