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Blood Bourne Pathogen Procedures

Review of General Procedure

In the event of exposure to any type Blood Borne Pathogen, the following guidelines are recommended:

  1. Immediately remove the substance from the area of contact with soap and water. If mucous membranes are exposed, flush the area thoroughly with water and an antiseptic agent.
  2. If exposure occurs on-campus, first aid treatment may be rendered by available and qualified health care providers at Clayton State’s Nurse Managed Clinic during clinic hours. (After hours seek consultation with appropriate faculty member to go over Blood Borne Pathogen procedures). If exposure occurs at an off-campus facility, follow the protocols of the host clinical agency, then immediately notify on-site CSU faculty member upon return to campus.
  3. Following first aid treatment, report to the Office of Public Safety to complete an accident/injury report which will be forwarded to the Nurse Managed Clinic for processing.
  4. Review treatment options with health care providers at CSU’s Nurse Managed Clinic who will track the incident and provide follow-up counseling.

Treatment Options and Recommendations

If you are exposed to any type of Blood Borne Pathogen, you have several treatment options available. Your primary health care provider will help you decide the course of treatment right for you. The Clayton State’s Nurse Managed Clinic recommends you contact your primary health care provider or the public health department for all medical treatments and follow-up care. The following treatment regiment is recommended by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

  1. HIV Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP): Antiviral Medications such as ZDV (zidovudine) and Lamivudine (3TC) or Stavudine (D4T) and Didanosine (DDI) may be used. For details call Clinicians’ Hotline at (888) 448-4911 or visit the CDCwebsite.
  2. HIV Basic Treatment Regimen: Medications such as ZDV and 3TC (available as Combivir) or 3TC and D4T may be used.
  3. HIV Testing: (within hours) or STAT, 6 weeks, 12weeks, and 6 months.
  4. Hepatitis A, B,C Panel; H BIG, if indicated, and HBV series if non-immune.
  5. The source of exposure should be tested for HIV and Hepatitis A, B, C panel.