Exposures

HSC Student Post-Exposure Procedure

In the event that you experience a clinical exposure, please follow the process outlined below. Exposures may include needlesticks/bloodborne pathogens, infectious diseases, fluid exposures (body fluids/chemicals), and radiation.

  1. Immediately notify Preceptor and/or HSC Program director of exposure.
    • If an exposure occurs…
      • on the HSC Campus* contact the HSC Student Health Clinic for next steps.
      • while on clinical rotations, follow rotation site protocols.
      • outside of the DFW area and the clinical rotation site does not have a protocol, go to the nearest Emergency Room or Urgent Care Center.
  1. Initial and follow-up care, if necessary, should be provided by the same facility in which the exposure took place, when possible.
  2. If you are required to pay for services, use your personal health insurance.
  3. Bills and claims associated with bloodborne pathogen exposures should be sent to health@unthsc.edu for reimbursement and payment.
  4. All student bloodborne pathogen exposures should be reported via the HSC Student BBP Post-Exposure Survey, linked below.

*For cadaver lab exposures, please email the cadaver information to Katie McKinley, Senior Clinical Risk Services Manager at kaitlyn.mckinley@unthsc.edu.

 

 

If you have concerns regarding your exposure, please contact the Student Health Clinic at 817-735-5051.