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Emergency Procedures

In an emergency situation involving blood or potentially infectious materials, you should always use Universal/Standard Precautions and try to minimize your exposure by wearing gloves, splash goggles, pocket mouth-to-mouth resuscitation masks, and other barrier devices.

If you are exposed, however, you should:

  1. Wash the exposed area thoroughly with soap and running water. Use non-abrasive, antibacterial soap if possible.
    • If blood is splashed in the eye or mucous membrane, flush the affected area with running water for at least 15 minutes.
  2. Report the exposure to your supervisor as soon as possible.
  3. Fill out an exposure report form, if you desire. This form will be kept in your personnel file for 40 years so that you can document workplace exposure to hazardous substances. This report is available from your supervisor or from RCC Human Resources Department.
  4. You may also go to the Human Resources Office to request blood testing or the Hepatitis B vaccination if you have not already received it.

Procedures for all post-exposure cases:

  • Document the route(s) of exposure and the circumstances under which the exposure incident occurred.
  • Identify and document the source individual unless such documentation is impossible or prohibited by law.
  • Require the individual's blood be tested for HBV and HIV as soon as possible. If the source individual is known to be seropositive for HBV or HIV, testing for that virus need not be done.
    • (If you consent to baseline blood collection, but do not give consent at that time for HIV serological testing, inquire as to how long your blood sample will be kept. If, within the time your blood sample is kept you decide to consent to have the baseline sample tested, such testing should be done as soon as possible.)
  • Administer post exposure prophylaxes, when medically indicated, as recommended by the US Public Health Service.
  • Provide counseling.
  • Evaluate reported illnesses.

Apart from the circumstances surrounding the exposure itself, all other findings or diagnosis will remain entirely confidential.

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