How to handle an accidental blood or body fluid exposure

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“Bee” safe from the Bloodborne Pathogen Committee.

What is an exposure?

  • A needle-stick or cut from a sharp object that is contaminated or possibly contaminated with blood or body fluids. This includes a cut from someone’s fingernails, a bite or a scrape.

  • Blood or other body fluids have splashed your mucous membranes such as your eye or mouth.
  • Your skin was in contact with large amounts of blood or had prolonged contact with blood, especially if your skin is chapped, abraded or you have dermatitis.
  • Tell your supervisor about the exposure including the patient’s name.

What should I do if I have an exposure?

  • On Careline, click “Online Forms Management.” Enter your information and submit. Go to “Add New Request,” “Safety” and click “Employee Occurrence Report.” Fill in all information.

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  • Blood must be drawn from the involved patient for testing.
  • Go to Employee Health Monday through Friday during the day shift. If they are not open or you do not have an Employee Health office at your location, report to the nearest RSF emergency room and call employee health the next business day. If you are in an out-of-town location, go to the nearest emergency room and call employee health.

Questions? Call Employee Health or Infection Prevention.

Employee Health phone numbers and hours:

Roper Hospital: 724-2131 Monday – Friday 7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Bon Secours St. Francis Hospital: 402-1155 Monday and Thursday 7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Roper St. Francis Mount Pleasant Hospital: 606-7666 Monday  7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Infection Prevention phone numbers and hours:

Roper Hospital office: 724-2039

Bon Secours St. Francis Hospital office: 402-1136


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