Bloodborne Infectious Diseases: Emergency Needlestick Information

Medical Providers Please Note

If you have questions about proper medical treatment for workplace exposures:

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Emergency Sharps Information

Workers Please Note

As you work, you may experience:

  • A needlestick or sharps injury.
  • An exposure to patient blood or other body fluid.

If any of these occur, take the following 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 proper medical treatment for workplace exposures:

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 managing healthcare personnel who experience workplace exposure to blood or other fluids containing 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). Topics include evaluating hepatitis B protection among health-care personnel 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 possibly exposed to HIV.

Page last reviewed: October 5, 2016