Post-Exposure Management

Post-Exposure Management:

An exposure incident is defined as contact with blood or body fluids to which universal precautions apply caused by:

  • Needlestick
  • Knife blade, or other sharp instrument (burr, etc.)
  • Splash to open skin or mucous membrane

As a student, faculty, or staff member of Case there is a formal procedure for you to follow after an exposure incident. An exposure incident is defined as contact with blood or body fluids to which universal precautions apply caused by needlestick, knife blade (or other sharp instrument), or splash to open skin or mucous membrane.

First Aid
  • Flush the area of contact or penetration with copious amounts of water and wash with soap if skin surface is affected
  • Notify the person in charge of your clinical activity
  • Follow the protocol for the facility at which you are located
  • Contact UHS by (healthservice@case.edu) or by calling the NeedleStick Hotline at 216.368.6635. Be prepared to provide your name, social security number, telephone number or email, date and time of the incident, and what treatment has been administered.
Protocols

As a student, faculty or staff member at Case Western Reserve University or OCPM, there is a formal procedure to follow after an exposure incident.