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needlestick protocol and procedure


Perelman School of Medicine policy regarding potential exposures is as follows:

Any medical student who sustains a needlestick or other wound resulting in exposure to blood or body fluids should follow the following protocol.  Please keep in mind that drug prophylaxis following a high-risk exposure is time sensitive, therefore you must immediately seek help from the appropriate hospital department.

Immediately wash the affected area with soap and water and cover the area with a dressing if possible.  For an ocular exposure, flush thoroughly with water.   Inform the supervising resident and immediately report to the following areas:


If you are at the following hospitals, please go to the place listed.  You will be treated in accordance with the hospital’s needlestick policy for healthcare workers.  All affiliated hospitals’ needlestick policies have been reviewed by the Director of Infection Control for HUP and meet established standards.  All follow-up testing for the students is done at Student Health Service.  Students should bring their records to Student Health Service so that appropriate follow-up testing can be scheduled.

Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia - Report to Occupational Health Service during weekdays or to the Nursing Supervisor on weekends and evenings.

Presbyterian Hospital – Report to Occupational Medicine or to the Emergency Room if they are closed. 

Pennsylvania Hospital - Report to Employee Health (Wood Clinic) or to the Emergency Room if they are closed.

Chestnut Hill Hospital – Report to the Emergency Department and notify employee health.

Chester County Hospital – Report to the Emergency Department.

Lancaster General Hospital – Report to the Emergency Department.

Reading Hospital – Report to the Emergency Department.

Outpatient Ambulatory Sites - Report to HUP Occupational Medicine or to its satellite at Radnor, whichever is a closer distance to your site.   


The School of Medicine will pay for any charges not covered by the student’s insurance so the student does not incur any expense associated with the exposure.  At the time of service, please provide your insurance information to the hospital.  If you receive any invoice(s) for balance payments due, please bring these immediately to the Office of Student Affairs so the School of Medicine can pay these charges.


If you have difficulty getting the consent of the source patient, or any other problems associated with your needlestick, please contact Dr. Jon Morris, Associate Dean for Student Affairs, at 215-898-7190, 215-662-2131 or cell 215-313-6990.




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