Evaluation Following Exposure to Human Blood/Body Fluids

Take the Following Steps After Exposure to Human Blood/Body Fluids

Perform First Aid

  • Needlesticks or cuts
    • Clean wound with soap and water immediately for two minutes.
  • Splashes
    • Flush mucous membranes with clean water.
    • For eye exposure: remove contacts if present and flush eyes using an eye wash station for a minimum of five minutes. If you are unsure where to find an eye wash station, start flushing with tap water or sterile eye irrigant immediately for five minutes while an eye wash station is located.

Be Evaluated

  • Notify your supervisor so they can assist with providing work coverage while the exposure is evaluated.
  • Call STICK (1-319-467-8425) for exposure evaluation.
    1. If post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) treatment is needed, it should be started within two hours after the exposure.
    2. If the source patient is known, have the source patient’s name and hospital number when calling for evaluation. Do not let the source patient leave until you speak to someone on the STICK line.
  • Follow-up treatment and evaluation will be at UEHC.
    • If a medical device is involved in the exposure, staff should bring manufacturer’s name of medical device or equipment to UEHC.

Fill Out the Worker’s Compensation First Report of Injury Form within 24 Hours

  • Access the First Report of Injury form at the Employee Self-Service.
  • Log in using your HawkID and password.
  • Go to Personal Tab – Benefits section, click “Workers Compensation – First Report of Injury” link, and follow the directions to complete the form.
  • Click “Submit” at the end of the form.

Fill Out a Patient Safety Net (PSN) Report within 24 Hours

  • Click on the PSN icon located on any UI Health Care desktop screen, or locate it on The Point homepage by clicking “Everyday Tools and Resources” link and locating the “Patient Safety Net (PSN)” link.  
  • If you have questions on how to find or complete it, please talk with your supervisor.