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Occupational Exposures

a) IF YOU ARE STUCK:

If you are stuck by a needle, sharps, blood or other potentially infectious materials in your eyes, nose, mouth, or on broken skin:

1. Wash needle sticks and cuts with soap and water.

2. Flush splashes to the nose, mouth, or skin with water.

3. Irrigate eyes with clean water, saline, or sterile irritant.

b) REPORT THE INCIDENT IMMEDIATELY TO YOUR FACULTY/PRECEPTOR/CLINICAL COORDINATOR.

c) YOUR FACULTY/PRECEPTOR (OR THEIR DELEGATE) SHOULD OBTAIN SOURCE BLOOD: ONE (1) YELLOW-TOP TUBE WITH SOURCE LABELS ON TUBE.

Take the source sample with you to treatment for evaluation. Please be sure the source's samples are properly labeled with the source's identifiers to prevent any delays in the lab!

d) SEEK EVALUATION WITHIN 4 HOURS:

Seek evaluation within 4 hours to up to 72 hours after exposure. Please report to the Student Health Clinic during business hours 8:00am to 5:00pm Mon-Fri. Only report to any UTMB Emergency Room for evaluation after hours, weekend or holiday (see locations below).

• Galveston Campus Emergency Room: 901 Harborside Drive

• League City Campus: 2240 Gulf Freeway South

• Angleton Danbury Campus: 132 East Hospital Drive

• Clear Lake Campus: 200 Blossom Street

If you are in a remote location, call student health to report or email us Also refer to your clinical site-specific policy. Information should be posted in designated clinical site location or check with your faculty or course coordinator.

When in the UTMB ER You should be registered as a Student Health Injury” so you are not billed for your visit. Should you receive a bill for care related to your BBP’s injury, please contact the Student Health Clinic.

Note: Students MUST report to Student Health for evaluation during business hours.

• Click here to access the Laboratory Requisition Form (PDF) to be used by the exposure evaluating personnel in Emergency Department or Student Health Clinics.

e) RESULTS:

• Your provider will receive the HIV results of the source within approximately 60 minutes if the test is collected in a UTMB ER.

• If source is negative for HIV, no prophylaxis will be required (PROPHYLAXIS CAN BE DELAYED UP TO 72 HOURS POST-EXPOSURE WHILE WAITING FOR RESULTS).

• If source is positive for HIV or the source sample is unavailable, the first dose of prophylaxis will be immediately administered to you.

o the remainder of the prophylaxis prescription will be issued by the Student Health Clinic

o Click here to view Medication Schedule.

f) ACTION ITEMS:

  • Students: Submit the blood borne Pathogens Exposure Notification and Management form for Students Exposure (PDF) to the Student Health and Counseling Clinic in person/ via email or fax. NOTE: Student Health Clinic must maintain separate and confidential medical records related to student injuries. You have the right to access relevant exposure and medical records and to know how OSHA's standard covers you if you have been exposed to toxic substances or harmful physical agents. If this is an accident/injury, please complete the form in the link: (PDF)

    g) FOLLOW-UP:

  • Student Health CLINICIAN/PROVIDER will review the source patient and student test results. They will provide counseling, prophylaxis, or vaccination as indicated, and instructions for any additional follow-up testing or assessment by a specialist.

    h) ADDITIONAL CONTACT INFORMATION:

  • UTMB, Healthcare Epidemiology
  • Janak Patel, MD – Medical Director jpatel@utmb.edu
  • Abi Akinpelu APRN, NP-C, FNP-BC, Director SHC oaakinpe@utmb.edu
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Lee Hage Jamail Student Center
301 University Blvd - 3rd Floor
Galveston, TX 77555-1369

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

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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.

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