Occupational Exposures

Dear Student:

Students who experience an occupational exposure to blood or body  fluids while in their role as a student should be released immediately to report to or call Student Health and Counseling (409) 747-9508 if the exposure occurs between the hours of 7:00 am and 4:30 pm. All occupational exposures to blood or body fluids should be evaluated within 4 hours of occurrence. After you do the following:

1. Cleanse area immediately.

  • Wash needlesticks and cuts with soap and water.
  • Flush splashes to the nose, mouth or skin with water.
  • Irrigate eyes with cleans water, saline or sterile irrigant.

2. Report the incident to your preceptor.

3. Preceptor should obtain source samples: one (1) lavender tube and one (1) yellow-top tube with source labels on tubes.  Take source samples with you to treatment at any UTMB Health ER or Student Health Clinic.

4. Visit the UTMB STUCK website at https://www.utmb.edu/stuck/home for treatment locations and complete instructions.

Call Student Health and Counseling at (409) 747-9508 during regular hours. After hours, on weekends, and on holidays, please call the Access Center at 1(800) 917-8906 or (409) 772-2222 for instructions. Students with off-campus exposures should follow the same guidelines as above.

Houston-based students should report to one of the below listed UTMB ER locations and follow up with Student Health and Counseling the next business day.

Galveston based students should report to Student Health and Counseling within 4 hours. All other students with off-campus exposures who are unable to return to UTMB within 4 hours of the occurrence, should go to the nearest ER for initial assessment and treatment and use their private health insurance. They should call and follow up with UTMB Student Health and Counseling the day of the occurrence or the next business day for follow up instructions.  If presenting to UTMB Student Health and Counseling or the UTMB ER, there is no charge for the initial assessment and treatment for the occupational exposure to blood and body fluids. For follow-up for an occupational exposure to blood or body fluids there is no charge if returning to UTMB Student Health and Counseling. For occupational exposures, as with all visits to Student Health and Counseling, are treated with the utmost of confidentiality.

Occupational exposures to communicable diseases (sustained while in the student role), such as tuberculosis, chickenpox, or meningitis, are to be reported to Student Health and Counseling as soon as the exposure is known. All assessments, treatments, and follow-ups required for an occupational exposure to communicable diseases are at no charge to the student if provided on the UTMB campus through either UTMB Student Health or the UTMB ER. If care is obtained elsewhere, the student’s health insurance will need to be used.

UTMB links related to exposures: http://intranet.utmb.edu/policies_and_procedures/Home/TOC/2

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Location Information:

Lee Hage Jamail Student Center
301 University Blvd - 3rd Floor
Galveston, TX 77555-1369

Phone: 409-747-9508
Fax: 409-747-9330
Email:  stdwappt@utmb.edu

Monday-Friday 8am - 5pm
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After Hours Care:

After hours, weekends, and holidays, you may call the Access Center at 409-772-2222 or 800-917-8906. Telephone triage is provided by the Hotline and physician backup consultation is available.

Please go directly to the nearest emergency room. Students are responsible for all charges related to emergency care.