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needlestick protocol and procedure

Exposure to Blood or Body Fluids

Penn Med 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 areas listed below. Please bring the source patient information with you.

Follow-Up Testing

All follow-up testing for students is done at Student Health Services. Call Student Health Service (SHS) at 215-746-3535 to schedule a non-urgent evaluation at SHS within 1 week from exposure if possible. Bring your treatment plan, baseline lab results, list of medications ordered and source patient results with you to SHS so follow up testing can be scheduled.

At HUP or the VA

Go directly to HUP’s Occupational Medicine Division.

If they are closed, report to the HUP Emergency Department.

Affiliated Hospitals

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.

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

Chester County Hospital – Report to the Emergency Department.

Chestnut Hill Hospital – Report to the Emergency Department.

Englewood Hospital – Report to the Employee Health service between the hours of 8:00 am – 4:00 pm or to the Emergency Room after those hours.

Pennsylvania Hospital – Report to Employee Health or to the Emergency Room if they are closed.

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

St. Luke’s Hospital – Report to the Emergency Department.

Virtua Health – Report to Occupational Health or to the Emergency Room if they are closed.

Outpatient Ambulatory Sites – Report to HUP Occupational Medicine or to its satellite at Radnor,

whichever is a closer distance to your site.

Additional Assistance

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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