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Bloodborne Pathogen Exposures


Provider Checklist

  1. The presenting employee should be registered at the ED (all campuses) as an "Employee/Student Health Injury" encounter type. This will prevent charges from being directed to the employee and allow access to the Pyxis, should the first does of prophylaxis be required.
    1. Employees presenting for treatment at should not be sent to the Employee Health Clinic (EHC) in Galveston for testing/treatment unless they so prefer. EHC business hours are Monday - Friday from 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  2. Provide necessary medical care to treat the exposure.
  3. Use “UTMB Lab Request – Bloodborne Pathogen Exposure Form - PDF” testing form to submit labs for Rapid HIV testing using Alere HIV 1/2 Ag/Ab combo kit (results provided in approximately 30 minutes).
    1. All campus EDs can perform this test.
  4. If source is positive, administer first dose.
  5. Prescribe only enough medication until a follow-up appointment or source results are available.
  6. Advise employee to fill prescription at a UTMB Pharmacy.
  7. Students should contact Student Health following their visit for follow up.
  8. Employees should contact Employee Health following their visit for follow up. Remind employees to report exposure to Employee Health Management by submitting to the Employee Health Clinic via email or fax:

For more details, refer to UTMB Policy for BBP Exposures (PDF)

For immediate assistance, please contact Healthcare Epidemiology.