What to do after a bloodborne pathogen exposure or needlestick/sharps injury
If you experienced a needlestick or sharps injury, or were exposed to the blood or other body fluid of another person during the course of your work or training, immediately follow these steps:
- Remove all soiled clothing.
- Wash with soap and water for 15 minutes and/or flush mucous membranes/irrigate eyes with water for 15 minutes.
- Notify supervising staff member.
- Get medical attention. Go to your designated employee health center for guidance, testing and or/prophylaxis.*
- Report the incident within 24 hours:
- UW employees and supervisors use the Online Accident Reporting System (OARS).
- UW Medicine employees working at any medical facility use PSN or the medical facility’s reporting system (do not use OARS).
*If you are not at a UW site, go to the employee health clinic associated with the clinical or practicum site, or to the nearest hospital emergency department.
The health care provider will need:
- Information about the source patient
- Details about the injury
- Laboratory testing schedule based on the UW campus-wide bloodborne pathogens process
- Your personal insurance information (applies to students only)