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Accidental Blood Exposure & Fingersticks

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FINGERSTICKS, ACCIDENTAL BLOOD EXPOSURE

Please remember that the labs room is in many ways the most dangerous space in clinic. As the TS, you are looked up to to protect students and patients and to MODEL RESPONSIBLE BEHAVIOR. ALL students who are working in the Labs room should wear GLOVES at ALL TIMES when working around blood and body fluids If anyone is exposed to potentially infectious blood or body-fluids:

  1. IMMEDIATELY irrigate the area
  2. INFORM the Attendings in clinic AND you MUST CALL DR. THOMAS AND DR. MEAH
  3. CALL THE NEEDLE STICK COORDINATOR: Call number “41300″ to page followed by Beeper number 4118# and leave your call-back phone number.
  4. ESCORT THE PATIENT, STUDENT, ETC TO FURTHER CARE: Go to the Employee Health Service; after-hours go to the Emergency Department, Guggenheim Pavillion B1 Level.

** A word on needle sticks: Keep in mind that when you handle a sharp you are the most dangerous person at the clinic. Be in control of your lab room, close the door, ask extraneous people to leave the room, don’t be rushed, and KNOW WHERE THE SHARPS CONTAINER IS. Don’t do anything that you’re not comfortable with.