What to do after a bloodborne pathogen exposure or needlestick/sharps injury
If you experienced a needlestick or sharps injury or were exposed to the blood or other body fluid of another person during the course of your work or training, immediately follow these steps:
- Remove all soiled clothing.
- Wash needlesticks and cuts with soap and water for 15 minutes and/or flush mucous membranes/irrigate eyes with water for 15 minutes.
- Notify supervising staff member.
- Get medical attention.* (see below)
- You or your supervisor must report the incident within 24 hours to EH&S by submitting a report through the Online Accident Reporting System
*Go to your designated employee health center for guidance, testing and or/prophylaxis:
|UWMC Employee Healthemail@example.com||206.598.4848|
|Harborview Employee Healthfirstname.lastname@example.org||206.744.3081|
|UW Employee Healthemail@example.com||206.685.1026|
If you are not at a UW site, go to the employee health clinic associated with the clinical or practicum site or to the nearest hospital emergency department.Your health care provider will need:
- Information about the source patient
- Details about the injury
- Laboratory testing schedule based on the UW campus-wide bloodborne pathogens process
- Your personal insurance information (applies to students only)