Bloodborne Pathogen Exposure
Medical students come into contact with patients and with blood or other body fluids from patients. An exposure is defined as a percutaneous injury, mucous membrane contact, or non-intact skin contact with bodily fluids. Percutaneous injuries may include a needle stick or a cut with a sharp object. Risks vary and may be substantial and health care services are based on the nature of the hazards, the intensity and frequency of exposure, and overall risk.
If you are exposed to a bloodborne pathogen, you should take the following steps.
If the incident occurs at:
- SLU Hospital during business hours, report immediately to SLU Employee Health.
- SLU Hospital outside of regular business hours, report immediately to the SLU emergency room and then follow up with SLU Employee Health on the next business day.
- An affiliated hospital, report immediately to that hospital’s emergency room, report it to Employee Health at the affiliated hospital, and then follow up with SLU Employee Health on the next business day.
- A community preceptor site, report it immediately to the preceptor and report immediately to SLU Employee Health.
Exposure requires filing a Report of Injury with SLU Employee Health and with the Office of Student Affairs in the School of Medicine.
SLU Employee Health
1221 S. Grand – Wohl building – 1st floor
Office Hours 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday excluding holidays.