Blood borne exposure

Blood and Body Fluid Exposure

Policy - It is the policy of the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) to protect the rights and welfare of students with respect to exposure to tuberculosis and blood-borne pathogens. In addition to formal instruction and Hospital/Clinic precautionary procedures, UNMC requires annual testing for tuberculosis. Also, all UNMC students who have direct contact with patients or materials which may involve "blood to blood" exposure should be considered to be at high risk for exposure to Hepatitis B and other blood-borne pathogens, and must be immunized against Hepatitis B as prescribed by each college/school before there is any opportunity for such exposure. 

Blood & Body Fluid Exposure Policy

  • All blood & body fluid exposures are to be reported in person or by pager immediately to the Center for Occupational & Environmental Health.
  • REPORT ASAP - High risk HIV exposures need post-exposure prophylactic (P.E.P.) medication begun within the first 1-2 hours after exposure!
    Pager number (888-OUCH) - 24 hours a day
    On campus: *9-888-6824
    Off campus: 888-6824
    Out of area code: 1-(402)-888-6824
    Occupational Health: 552-3563
    Hours: 7:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Monday - Friday
  • Student Health will cover the cost of titers for needle sticks only, any additional cost incurred for further treatment must be submitted to the student's major medical carrier.
  • STUDENTS OFF CAMPUS: After calling Occupational Health, report to the nearest emergency room for appropriate needle stick procedure. UNMC Student Health will cover any cost if you call Student Health the next working day at (402) 559-5158 with information regarding the emergency room visit.

From: UNMC Student Handbook