Sharps Injury Procedures

In the event that a student is involved in an invasive incident with a needle or scalpel containing another person’s blood or body fluid, the following procedure should be followed.

Call the Sharps Injury Hotline at 717-531-7775.

The student should report to Employee Health or the Emergency Department as directed by the hotline. If the student is seen in the ED, they must notify Employee Health and Student Health on the next business day. Any subsequent necessary testing is done through Student Health Services under the student’s anonymous number and the results are sent to Student Health for tracking.

Sharps Injury/Blood Body Fluid Exposure at HMC or UPG Sites

Procedure:

  • Wash needle sticks and cuts with soap and water
  • Flush splashes to the nose, mouth or skin with soap and water
  • Irrigate eyes with clean water
  • Call the Sharps Injury Hotline at 717-531-7775
  • Report to Employee Health or the Emergency Department as directed by the Hotline
  • Report injury/exposure to supervising physician
  • Follow–up with Employee Health as directed

Exposure at Unaffiliated Clinic Sites or Other Institutions

  • Follow the institution/hospital’s established local policy for exposure
  • Clinic sites without specific protocol – Call the Sharps Injury Hotline at 717-531-7775
  • Students are allowed travel time during a rotation to return to HMC for medical care pertaining to a sharps injury or body fluid exposure

All exposures are to be reported to HMC Employee Health ASAP for follow-up, even if they occur in another facility.

Revised May 27, 2015