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
  • Report injury/exposure to the supervising physician and ensure source is tested
  • Call the Sharps Injury Hotline at 717-531-7775
  • Report to Employee Health or the Emergency Department as directed by the Hotline
  • Follow up with Student Health at 717-531-5998 on the next business day

Exposure at Unaffiliated Clinic Sites or Other Institutions

  • Report injury/exposure to the supervising physician and ensure source is tested
  • Follow the institution/hospital’s established policy for exposure
  • Call the Sharps Injury Hotline at 717-531-7775
  • Students are expected to seek care during a rotation for sharps injuries or bodily fluid exposures and should do this immediately after the incident
  • Follow up with Student Health at 717-531-5998 on the next business day

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

Revised Dec. 4, 2017