Blood Borne Pathogens

Exposure to Blood Borne Pathogens Guidelines for Stritch School of Medicine Students:

This document establishes the procedures and financial obligations students face if they may have been exposed to blood borne pathogens (BBP) through blood or other body fluids (by a needle stick, cut, splash, bite or other method of exposure). Since some prophylaxis is most effective if given immediately after exposure, it is to your benefit to immediately report this exposure and take the following actions without delay.

Please click HERE‌ to find a flow chart of the procedures to follow in the event of a needletick or exposure incident (updated September 2018).

 

IF THE EXPOSURE OCCURS AT A CLERKSHIP OR ROTATION SITE AWAY FROM LUMC:

  1. Wash needlestick or sharps injuries and cuts immediately with soap and water. Flush splashes to the nose, mouth, or skin with water. Irrigate eyes with clean water, saline or sterile irrigants.
  2. Notify your supervisor and charge nurse of the clinical area and ask them to source test the patient (to ensure blood is drawn immediately on the source patient).
  3. Contact the site’s employee/occupational health service immediately.
  4. If the site does not have the above service or it is closed, go to the site’s designated Emergency Department.
  5. FOR EMERGENCY MEDICAL CARE AT AN AWAY SITE’S DESIGNATED EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT, YOU MUST PROVIDE YOUR INSURANCE INFORMATION.
  6. Leave the same information from #4 (above) on the Loyola Employee and Student Health 708-216-2458, including the name of the institution and its location.

If you are billed by the site, the initial co-pay for treatment and source testing can be covered by Student Affairs if appropriate documentation is provided and all reporting and protocols are followed. Follow up care through Student Health Services is covered 100%. Students seeking follow up care elsewhere may do so using their insurance and are responsible for bills thereafter.

 

Blood Borne Pathogens and Exposures Protocol

If at LUMC

If NOT at LUMC

Step 1: Page #11709

Step 1: Follow employee health protocols for the site

Step 2: Visit this site for guidance: HERE

Step 2: Provide your personal insurance

Step 3: Call and report to student health at 708-216-2458.

Leave message on confidential voicemail with full name, birth date, exposure info, and phone # to contact you.

If you are experiencing difficulty at your site with compliance for an exposure, please call/text Dean Nakae at 312.731.6201.

If you receive a bill for costs associated with your exposure, please email clinical-req@luc.edu for guidance on being reimbursed.

Important Information for students

Student Health Services LOC, 3rd floor

Make an appointment: Patient Access Center 24/7 1.888.LUHS.888 or call 708.216.8563 Hours: M-F 7:30am-4:00pm (closed 12-1 for lunch)

Perspectives for Students SSOM 180 Hours by appointment

Confidential Counseling and Support available 24/7 at 1.800.456.6327 or SAPlogin.perspectivesltd.com (username:LUC500) (password: perspectives)

Confidential EthicsLine: Luc.edu/ethicsline or 855.603.6988

HSD CARE Referral to report concern for a peer

https://tinyourl.com/hsdcare

Emergency situations after office hours call/text Dean Sonntag 630.303.4525 or Dean Mendez 708.752.6944