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Blood-Borne Pathogens Exposure
Blood-Borne Pathogen Exposures
When a student is exposed to Blood-Borne Pathogens (BBP) such as needle sticks and/or human body fluids, the following procedures are to be followed.
- Call the UMB Blood-Borne Pathogen Exposure Hotline at (667) 214-1886. Your call will be answered by a medical professional who will advise you on the risk of your exposure, what treatment you may need, and facilitate the “Source Patient’s” blood being tested. Information you will need when you call: source patient date of birth and HIV, Hep C, and Hep B status. If unknown, request testing while source patient is immediately available. Download this Needle Stick Lab Form for source patient testing.
- Have floor nurse draw a purple AND a gold/red top tube from the source patient (two tubes).
- You will deliver the source patient's blood tubes to the 2 North Lab in the hospital along with this form.
- Based on the risk and the source patient results, you will be offered HIV post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP).
- If you are offered prophylaxis and it is after hours or on the weekend, you will be advised to pay out of pocket (after using your insurance) to begin treatment as soon as possible. Remaining treatment will be paid by student affairs or UMB.
2. If during office hours, the student also may call 667-214-1899 or immediately report to the UMaryland Immediate Care site, located at 408 W. Lombard St., Baltimore, MD 21201, between the hours of 7 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday.
- If the student needs to contact the office before reporting to the student health center, they are to call 667-214-1899. In the unlikely event the student is not able to reach a clinician at that number, please call the Student Health Director, Dr. Niharika Khanna, at 667-214-1896.
***If a student is at an off-campus medical facility, they should notify the charge nurse, physician, and or the Employee Health office at that site of the exposure. The source patient should be tested by that facility***
Associated labs and any recomended treatment from a UMB facility for post-exposure prophylaxis are first run through the student's health insurance, and any remaining associated costs of labratory testing or recomended treatment should be paid first by the student and then they can apply for reimbursement using this Blood-Borne Pathogen Reimbursement form.