Blood/Body Fluid Exposure

  1. ​Time matters! Proceed swiftly with the following:
  2. Remove all soiled clothing.
  3. 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).
  4. Write down the following information on “source” patient:
    Name, hospital or clinic number, date of birth, & patient location
  5. Notify a supervising staff member that you need to report to employee health (or, after hours, report to a local Emergency Department)
  6. Report to Employee Health/Emergency Department as a blood/body fluid exposure for:
    1. Risk assessment of exposure
    2. Baseline laboratory work on you
    3. Employee Health evaluation of “source” patient​​​
    4. Institution of post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP), if appropriate
  7. Link to BBP exposure lab testing and HSIP payment information:
    All costs related to BBP exposures should  be billed to your personal insurance first. Itemized bills (showing amounts not covered ) should be sent to HSIP with your request for payment within 60 days. For questions about coverage, please contact HSIP by email at or  VM 206-616-9074.


If you have unanswered questions after a BBP exposure/needlestick, contact​

  1. Office of Student Affairs: 206-543-5560 (8am-5pm PST)
  2. Spokane students - call UWSOM Spokane Office: 509-313-7900 (7:30am-4:30pm PST)
  3. If after hours: 206-906-8996. Identify yourself as a SoM student (or provider) with a blood-borne exposure, and request to speak with the “Campus Health Physician"

For further information​

CDC Emergency Needlestic​​k Information