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Blood or Body Fluid Exposure Protocol

When there is a parenteral (i.e. needlestick or cut) or mucous membrane (e.g. splash to the eye or mouth) exposure to blood or other body fluids, the student is to follow this protocol: For sharps exposure wash the skin exposure site well with soap and water. Avoid using damaging substances such as bleach. Do not bleed tissue. Rinse well. For mucous membrane (eye or mouth) exposure flush with copious amounts of water.

Inform the Faculty member, who will advise you. Inform the unit manager. Complete necessary incident or agency reports. Leave the clinical area immediately to obtain medical care and advice. Contact your own health care provider immediately (personal physician or the emergency room).

Depending on the nature of the parenteral exposure, it may be necessary to begin drug treatment within hours of the exposure. For this reason, the Department of Nursing recommends that students seek medical advice immediately after informing the faculty member and the unit manager.

Neither the clinical agency nor the College is responsible for the cost of the care that is involved in the treatment, management or surveillance of exposure to blood or body fluids. For this reason, the Department of Nursing strongly recommends that all students have personal health insurance.

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Updated September 2011