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Blood-Borne Pathogens Exposure
Blood-Borne Pathogen Exposures
Call 667-214-1886 for Blood-Borne Pathogen Exposures
When a student is exposed to a needlestick injury and/or human body fluids, the following procedures are to be followed:
- Call the UMB BBPE 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 the source patient is immediately available. Download this lab requisition: Needlestick Lab form for source patient testing.
- Request the floor nurse to draw a purple AND a gold/red top tube from the source patient (two tubes).
- Label tubes with the SPN # (given to you by oncall provider) and the source patient's date of birth.
- Deliver the source patient's blood tubes to: 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. 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.
In the unlikely event, the student is not able to reach a clinician retry (667) 214-1886 or call (667) 214-1899.
***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***
Costs of associated labs and any recommended treatment from a UMB facility for PEP are first billed to the student's health insurance, and any remaining associated costs of laboratory testing or recommended treatment could be billed to the UMB Accidental insurance policy if already activated by the student. If not previously activated, the student will need to pay in full for the services and then they may submit for reimbursement using these Directions and this Accident Reimbursement Form.
Students needing immediate financial assistance to receive recommended post-exposure prophylaxis can use this form. This form is to be used to avoid treatment delay, but is not meant to be used in place of using first the student's primary insurance policy, and secondly the accidental insurance policy affiliated with all full time students as a UMB student benefit.