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NeedlEstick Protocol

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:

At HUP, the VA or CHOP:

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 HUP Occupational Health. Please bring your records with you to Occupational Health so that they can arrange appropriate follow-up testing.

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.

York Hospital - Report to the Employee Health Service or call the Safety Hotline at extension 4444.

Reading Hospital - Go to Employee Health, or if it is closed, go 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 Emergency Room after those hours.

Phoenixville Hospital - Report to Employee Health

Chester County Hospital - Report to the Emergency Department.

Friends Hospital - Report to Employee Health

St. Luke's Hospital - Check with your attending physician as the protocol varies according to the service.

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

Billing Procedures

All expenses that a student incurs, associated with needlesticks, will be paid for by the School of Medicine. At HUP or Presbyterian, these charges should automatically be billed to the School. However, if you do receive a bill for any of these services, please bring it to Barbara Wagner in the Office of Student Affairs immediately, so that the charges can be transferred to the school account. At affiliated hospitals, typically the bill will be sent to your home address. Please bring it to Barbara Wagner immediately so that the School of Medicine can pay the bill.

Additional Assistance

If you have difficulty getting the consent of the source patient, or any other problems associated with your needlestick, please contact Dr. Harvey Rubin, Associate Dean for Student Affairs at 215-898-7190 or pager 215-812-5145.


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