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- Needle Stick / Blood and Body Fluid Exposure Protocol
Percutaneous (needlesticks/sharp objects) Injury (where there is the slightest suggestion that the integrity of skin has been broken by a potentially contaminated item)
Non-intact Skin Exposure
There is no evidence that squeezing the wound or applying topical antiseptics further reduces the risk of viral transmission.
Mucous Membrane Exposure
Irrigate copiously with tap water, sterile saline or sterile water.
Intact Skin Exposure
Exposure of intact skin to potentially contaminated material is not considered an exposure at any significant risk and is neither considered an exposed person or in need of evaluation. Thoroughly clean and wash exposed intact skin.
For more detail, view our Post Exposure Protocol Policy
The Office of Student Affairs encourages students to become aware of the Blood and Body Fluids Exposure Protocol so that an appropriate course of action can be followed in the event of an exposure. Please do not let a concern over expenses result in a lack of health care. With appropriate documentation, the Office of Student Affairs will reimburse any enrolled student up to $10,000 for costs related to an exposure. Students must provide a copy of their Explanation of Benefits (EOB) from the health insurance AND a copy of the bill from the site at which you had services such as lab work to Ms. Laura Christopher in the Office of Student Affairs at the Byrd Clinical Center. Submit this documentation for payment or reimbursement as soon as possible after the event. Direct any questions to Amy Smith at 304-691-8684 or by email at email@example.com.