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Bloodborne Pathogen Emergency

What to Do if Exposed to Blood/Bodily Fluids

  • During business hours, Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    Call The Health Center Downtown: 504-988-6929
     
  • All other times (holidays, weekends, evenings)
    Call the Nurse Advice Line: 1-855-487-0290

Immediately After Exposure

Note: In the event you are unable to print this packet, please follow detailed instructions below and notify The Health Center Downtown at 504-988-6929.

1. Wash affected area

  • Eye or mucous membrane exposure: Flush the exposed area with water for 5 minutes.
  • Skin exposure/Injuries with “sharps”: Wash the area for 5 minutes with water and antimicrobial soap – Hibiclens or Betadine.

2. Download the “Bloodborne Pathogen Exposure Packet.” Print all the forms included in this packet:

  • Student Checklist
  • Supervisor/Faculty Checklist
  • Provider Checklist
  • Needlestick & Sharp Injury Report Form
  • Occupational Exposure to Blood Borne Pathogen Treatment and follow-up Algorithm

3. ALWAYS notify The Health Center Downtown

Unable to Print the Instructions Packet?  ▾

If the exposure took place at Tulane Medical Center or Tulane-Lakeside DURING WORKING HOURS (Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.):

  • Report exposure immediately to your supervisor and/or head nurse at hospital or clinic. He/she will assist you with obtaining the source patient’s consent and lab work.
  • Call The Health Center Downtown at 504-988-6929 immediately to arrange for follow-up and lab work. (Ideally have your lab work done at The Health Center to avoid billing issues.)
  • Your vaccination record will be reviewed and vaccination boosters will be offered if applicable.
     

If the exposure took place at Tulane Medical Center or Tulane-Lakeside AFTER HOURS, on weekends or holidays:

  • Report exposure immediately to your supervisor and/or head nurse at hospital or clinic. He/she will assist you with obtaining source consent and lab work.
  • Report to emergency department to have your labs drawn (Ideally within 2 hours of exposure).
  • On the following business day call The Health Center Downtown’s nurse at: 504-988-6929 for a follow-up appointment and proper documentation protocols.
  • For additional questions/instructions call: 1-855-487-0290, any time day or night.
     

If the exposure took place at a location OUTSIDE of Tulane Medical Center/ Tulane-Lakeside, and/or any location within the United States of America.

  • Report exposure immediately to your supervisor and/or head nurse at hospital or clinic. He/she will assist you with obtaining the source patient's consent and lab work.   
  • Follow their specific policy (some centers do require that you notify Employee Health Department and/or Infectious Disease).
  • You will need to get your blood drawn right away. (Ideally within 2 hours of exposure). This is usually done through the ER at the facility where you are working.
  • On the following business day call The Health Center Downtown's nurse at 504-988-6929 for a follow-up appointment and proper documentation protocols.