Thursday, November 12, 2015

CDC: Emergency Needlestick Information

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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
1-888-448-4911.