Bloodborne Infectious Diseases: Emergency Needlestick Information
If you have questions about appropriate medical treatment for occupational exposures, assistance is available from the Clinicians’ Post Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP) Line at 1-888-448-4911 or go to: http://www.nccc.ucsf.edu/external icon.
Emergency Sharps 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 U.S. Public Health Service Guidelines Management Occupational Exposures HIV Recommendations PEPexternal icon
This report updates US Public Health Service recommendations for the management of healthcare personnel (HCP) who experience occupational exposure to blood and/or other body fluids that might contain human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).
Updated U.S. Public Health Service Guidelines for the Management of Occupational Exposures to HBV, HCV, and HIV and Recommendations for Postexposure Prophylaxis
MMWR Recommendations and Reports, Volume 50, Number RR-11
CDC Guidance for Evaluating Health-Care Personnel for Hepatitis B Virus Protection and for Administering Postexposure Management
This report contains CDC guidance that augments the 2011 recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) for evaluating hepatitis B protection among health-care personnel (HCP) and administering post-exposure prophylaxis.
Postexposure Prophylaxis to Prevent Hepatitis B Virus Infection
This report provides guidelines for management of persons with nonoccupational exposure to hepatitis B virus (HBV) through a discrete, identifiable exposure to blood or body fluids.
Infographic: Exposed to HIV? The clock is ticking! Take Action!pdf icon
Recommendations on postexposure prophylaxis for healthcare workers potentially exposed to HIV.