Campus Health offers assistance to UNC students who may have had a blood-borne pathogen exposure. This service is available 7 days a week, 24 hours a day.
Time is of the essence! Protect yourself!
Blood and body fluids can be infected with Hepatitis or HIV.
Exposures to blood-borne pathogens can occur via a needle stick or mucus membrane splash/splatter.
Campus Health offers assistance to UNC students who may have had a blood-borne pathogen exposure. This service is available 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. When Campus Health is closed, the physician on-call can be contacted through UNC Nurse Connect, a nurse advice service affiliated with UNC Healthcare. If you have had a possible exposure to blood-borne pathogens, follow the steps below:
Step 1. Immediately clean the affected area.
For splashes to the nose, mouth or eyes, flush the area with water. Irrigate the eyes with clean water, saline or sterile irrigants. If you are stuck with a sharp, clean the site with soap and water
Step 2. Immediately notify your supervisor.
Examples include your clinical instructor, resident, attending, etc. to document the incident, order source patient labs and start the process of getting the source patient's blood drawn.
Step 3. Obtain source patient information.
Gather the patient's name, birth date, medical record number and location. See the "For Source Patient Testing" section below.
Step 4. Call Campus Health at 919-966-6573.
You will be connected to medical personnel that can assist you with the blood-borne pathogen exposure. If Campus Health is closed, you will be connected to an automated message which will then transfer you to UNC Nurse Connect. The nurse will contact the Campus Health physician on call for you.
If the exposure occurred at a clinical site outside of Chapel Hill, still call the Campus Health number above and follow the instructions provided for you.
If the exposure occurred during your job/employment, you should instead contact the occupational health provider for your job (e.g. UEOHC).
For Source Patient Testing
Dental student: Inform the dental clinical instructor and follow the protocol on the dental school’s website.
Any other health sciences student: Your onsite clinical attending/preceptor should help coordinate and provide instruction for source patient testing for you. It is also recommended that the exposed student contact Campus Health to report the exposure so that they can provide additional guidance if needed. Please have the source patient's name, date of birth, and medical record number available.
Baseline Testing for Yourself for HIV, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C
Baseline testing for you, if warranted, is ordered through Campus Health if you are seen at Campus Health. If UNC Campus Health is closed, the Campus Health physician will advise you as to whether an urgent evaluation at another medical clinic is warranted or if testing can wait until our clinic is open. An urgent evaluation is usually needed only when post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) is indicated.
Source Patient HIV/Hepatitis B/Hepatitis C risk/status
- If the source patient is known as HIV-positive or at high risk for HIV: Post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) will likely be recommended. If PEP is recommended, it should be started as soon as possible!
- If the source patient is positive for Hepatitis B: If you have completed a hepatitis B vaccine series and have a subsequent adequate quantitative HBsAb serologic test, no further action is necessary. If your serologic antibody test is inadequate, Hepatitis B immune globulin should be given to you and you should have follow-up testing.
- If the source patient is positive for Hepatitis C: There is no known prophylaxis for Hepatitis C. You should, however, receive follow-up testing after the exposure.