Student Exposure Protocol
Student, while performing duties in that capacity, is injured or exposed (mucous membranes or open skin) to blood, body fluids, or other infectious material via needle stick or splash.
During KUMC Student Health Office hours
Monday from 8-6pm, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 8-4:30pm
- Student or supervisor to call Student Health (913-588-1941). Fill out Student Incident Form.
- Student or supervisor obtains information on source patient: name, date of birth, hospital number, history, and current diagnosis.
- Student reports to Student Health office for initial lab work, completion of a risk inventory and medical treatment. Medical treatment may include, but is not limited to post-exposure prophylaxis, stitches for a laceration or irrigation of eyes after a splash depending on the exposure type, injury and source patient information.
- Student health representative will obtain risk inventory and lab work on source patient. Risk factors are assessed and follow-up as indicated.
After Hours, Weekends and Holidays at the University of Kansas Hospital
- Student or supervisor calls the nursing supervisor on call. The nursing supervisor will perform a risk inventory and obtain a sample from the source patient for a rapid HIV test.
- If the rapid HIV test is positive, the student will go to Emergency Department for advice and/or prophylactic treatment.
- If the rapid HIV test is negative and wound and/or eye treatment is not indicated, there is no immediate treatment required. Student will notify Student Health of exposure via voicemail and will be contacted to make an appointment to complete a confidential incident report and baseline labs.
- Students requiring emergency treatment such as suture or eye irrigation should report to the Emergency Department.
- The student should obtain information on source patient: name, date of birth, hospital number.
- For care after the exposure;
- If no immediate treatment is required: Student reports to Student Health as soon as possible the next working day for initial lab work and completion of a risk inventory.
- If emergency treatment is required: Student reports to Emergency Services at KU Hospital. Afterwards, student reports to Student Health as soon as possible or the next working day for baseline lab work and completion of a risk inventory.
- Student health representative will obtain additional information for the risk inventory and any additional lab work on source patient. Risk factors are assessed and follow-up as indicated.
At an Outside Facility
- Follow procedures consistent with the institution and report to nearest emergency room if applicable.
- Student or supervisor calls Student Health (913-588-1941) and leaves message on audix regarding incident (student name, date, and time) within 24 hours. Fill out Student Incident Form.
- A student health representative will work with outside agency to assess risk factors and plan follow-up care.
Note: Students are not financially responsible for any lab tests ordered for proper treatment of the incident. If exposure occurs outside of the Greater Kansas City area Student Health may be billed for cost incurred.
KUMC Student Health Center
Attention: Stephanie Jernigan, Director
University of Kansas Medical Center
1012 Student Center Building, MS 4044
3901 Rainbow Boulevard
Kansas City, Kansas 66160
These procedures are consistent with CDC guidelines and the exposure protocol used for all KUMC faculty, staff, and residents.