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Emergency Needlestick Information

Workers Please Note

If you experienced a needlestick or sharps injury or were exposed to the blood or other body fluid of a patient during the course of your work, immediately follow these steps:

  • Wash needlesticks and cuts with soap and water
  • Flush splashes to the nose, mouth, or skin with water
  • Irrigate eyes with clean water, saline, or sterile irrigants
  • Report the incident to your supervisor
  • Immediately seek medical treatment

Medical Providers Please Note

If you have questions about appropriate medical treatment for occupational exposures, assistance is available from the Clinicians' Post Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP) Line at

Recommendations for the management of occupational exposures to blood:

Updated USPHS Guidelines Management Occupational Exposures HIV Recommendations PEP

Updated U.S. Public Health Service Guidelines for the Management of Occupational Exposures to HBV, HCV, and HIV and Recommendations for Postexposure Prophylaxis [PDF - 329 KB]
MMWR Recommendations and Reports, Volume 50, Number RR-11

Biosafety Guidance for Transportation of Specimens and for Work with Zika Virus in the Laboratory