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Management of Blood and Body Fluid Exposures for Students

 

Downtown Student Health Center (504) 988-6929

Dr. Alegra Venditto – Pager (504) 538-0592 – or (504) 538-7277

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IF YOU HAVE AN EXPOSURE TO BLOOD OR BODY FLUIDS:

  • Eye or mucous membrane exposure: Flush the exposed area with water for 5 minutes.
  • Skin exposure: Wash the area for 5 minutes with water and antimicrobial soap or hibiclens or betadine.

If the exposure has taken place at Tulane Medical Center or Tulane-Lakeside during working hours:

  • Report exposure immediately to Employee Health by beeping the nurse at 663-0100. Her office is located at Elk Place room 350. Have the source patient's information and blood (1 purple top tube and 2 gold or red top tubes) available when you call (DO NOT LABEL THE BLOOD WITH THE PATIENTS STICKERS).The nurse will draw your blood and give you forms to complete from your exposure. It is IMPERATIVE that you report any exposure ASAP or the source patient's blood may not be able to be drawn, which will mean that you need 6months of follow up instead of potentially just one blood draw. 
  • Report exposure to the Downtown SHC by calling 988-6929. You will need to complete an incident report and your follow up will be arranged there. If you need vaccination boosters they will be offered to you at that visit.
  • Your exposure needs to be reported to Kellie Mayer our BBP coordinator at 988-6608 or 419-1391.

If the exposure has taken place at a location outside of Tulane Medical Center or Tulane-Lakeside during office hours:

  • Report your exposure to the charge nurse at the hospital right away. They will explain the process of reporting your exposure in that facility. They will obtain the blood from the source to be tested. They will probably obtain blood from you. If they do not please come to the Downtown SHC and they will draw your blood work.
  • Report exposure to the Downtown SHC by calling 988-6929. You will need to complete an incident report and your follow up will be arranged there. If you need vaccination boosters they will be offered to you at that visit.
  • Your exposure needs to be reported to our BBP coordinator Kellie Mayer at 988-6608 or 419-1391.

 

If the exposure has taken place anywhere in the U.S. after hours or on the weekend:

  • Page the Student Health doctor on call for exposure, Dr.Venditto at (504) 538-0592 or (504) 538-7277. You will be given further instructions at that time. You will need to report the incident to the charge nurse and/or infection control at the hospital where the incident occurred to obtain the source patient's blood. You will need to get your blood drawn right away. This is usually done through the ER at the facility where you are working.
  • The following day (or Monday) during business hours, you will need to report to the Downtown SHC at 988-6929 and to Kellie Mayer at988-6608 or 419-1391 for reasons stated above.

 

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