Critical Clinical Policies

Critical Clinical Policies for all Radiologic Students

Accidental Needle Stick and Body Fluid Splash Policy

  1. If a needle stick or bodily fluid splash occurs, you must notify the Department of Radiologic Sciences immediately after you have taken the necessary initial precautions, such as washing the affected area in large amounts of soap and water (44s-9346).
  2. If the exposure involves a needle stick, we recommend you request that an additional blood sample be taken from the patient involved for testing purposes.
  3. After contacting the Department, you are strongly advised to report to the University of South Alabama Medical Emergency Room and enter the University's Post Exposure Follow-Up Program (PEP). While enrollment is voluntary, we once again encourage you to enter the program. You will need proper identification, as well as your personal insurance card.
  4. Upon arrival at University Hospital-ER, identify yourself to the on-call ID specialist as a USA Allied Health Student with a training-incurred potential HIV exposure. The on-call University Hospital ID specialist can order an exposure prophylaxis kit, which provides a 72-hour regimen of antiretroviral drugs. Understand that a delay of more than four hours may increase your chance of incurring an infectious disease.
  5. Should an exposure occur after hours, call the University Hospital operator at (251) 471-7000. Identify yourself, your location, and phone number that you can be immediately reached by ID personnel.