Bloodborne Pathogen Related Information

Click on the categories below for information about Hepatitis B vaccination, post-exposure evaluation, medical follow-up and record-keeping, including step-by-step instructions on what to do if a student incurs an exposure and phone number resources. To view a PDF version of the Bloodborne Pathogen Exposure Control Plan click here.

Blood Pathogen Exposure Control Plan

HBV Vaccination: Post-Exposure Protocol

It is mandatory that any student incurring an exposure fill out a complete Accident/Incident Report Form (Hartford Insurance Form and Facility Incident Report) within 24 hours of the incident.

All students who incur an exposure will be offered post-exposure evaluation and follow-up, in accordance with OSHA standards. Listed below are the steps to follow in that event:

  • Documentation of the route of exposure and the circumstances related to the incident.
  • Results of testing of the source individual will be made available to the exposed employee with the exposed employee informed about the applicable laws and regulations concerning disclosure of the identity and infectivity of the source individual.
  • During normal business hours, the student should report to employee health at each hospital. After hors or at remote sites, the student should report to the nearest ER.
  • The student will be tested and offered post-exposure prophylaxis in accordance with the current recommendations for the U.S. Public Health Service at no expense to the employee through Eastern Florida State College. The most current HIV post- exposure follow-up recommendations for an exposure incident made applicable by the bloodborne pathogens standard are found in the CDC Morbidity and Mortality weekly Report (MMWR):Public Health Service Guidelines for the Management of Health-Care Worker Exposures to HIV and Recommendations for post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP), " May 15, 1998/Vol 47/NO.RR-7. . Follow-up counseling will be provided by the post-exposure treatment facility.
  • The student will be given appropriate counseling concerning precautions to take during the period after the exposure incident. The employee will also be given information on what potential illnesses to be alert for and to report any related experience to the appropriate personnel.

Post-Exposure Step-by-Step Instructions

Step 1
The exposed student (hereinafter referred to as "exposed person") will inform the clinical and work supervisor of an accident significant exposure.

*The "exposed person" must complete an Accident/Incident Report Form (see Appendix A, Hartford Insurance Form and Facility Incident Report) as soon as possible. This must be completed within 24 hours of the exposure incident.

Step 2
As Step 1 is being accomplished; the "exposed person" shall treat the wound as follows: Wash the wound thoroughly with soap and water, and cover the wound with a sterile dressing and an adhesive bandage.

Step 3
The clinical instructor, supervisor, or preceptor will review the Hartford Form and sign as a college representative. The clinical supervisor must be notified.

Step 4
The "exposed person" should report to Employee Health during normal business hours or to the nearest emergency care facility within 30 minutes after the exposure. The treating healthcare facility personnel will provide counseling, testing, and currently accepted hepatitis and anti-HIV therapy, if indicated.

Step 5
The Hartford Insurance Form should be faxed immediately to the number on the form. The original insurance form and incident report (stapled together) should be sent to EFSC security.

Step 6
The clinical supervisor will alert the Health Sciences Campus Administration Assistant of the incident. The Administrative Assistant will monitor for completion of the forms and the appropriate signatures.

Phone Numbers

  • HIV/AIDS Treatment Information Service

  • National Clinicians' Post-Exposure Prophylaxis Hotline

  • Post-Exposure Prophylaxis Registry for Health Care Workers

  • Central Florida AIDS Hotline
    1-800-FLA-AIDS (1-800-352-2437)

  • National Prevention Network

  • Local Contact for Post-Exposure Treatment Countywide
    Marsha King, ARNP - Comprehensive Health Care (available 24 hours a day)

    8 am – 4 pm, 321-253-0846
    After hours, 321-253-0120

  • Educational Resources
    Joan Scabarozi, RN - Infectional Control Practitioner, Cape Canaveral Hospital 321-868-7219
    Barry Inman, BA/BS, CIC, CHE - Health Services Manager, Brevard County Health Department 321-454-7106  or  321-454-7108