Bloodborne Pathogens Exposure, WHAT TO DO
1. Immediate first aid
2. If you are at a UW site, go to the nearest UW Employee Clinic for counseling, testing, and or/prophylaxis
3. If not at a UW site, go to the Employee Health clinic associated with the clinical or practicum site or, to the nearest Emergency Room. Be sure to take with you:
a. The name of the source patient
b. Information about the injury
c. Standard testing protocols (see below section for approved lab schedule)
d. Your insurance information
If seen by an outside clinic or emergency room for services, the charges for initial testing and preventive drugs related to the exposure visit are FIRST billed to YOUR PRIVATE INSURANCE. If your insurance does not cover all the fees, or if you have questions about being reimbursed for expenses related to BBP exposures contact Jim W. Ponder, campus Health Administration staff at:
HSIP must receive your reimbursement request within 60 days of the BBP exposure incident. If billing information or receipts are not available within this time frame then HSIP must still be notified of the incident and your intent to request reimbursement within 60 days of the BBP exposure. Beginning 4/15/13, requests outside this timeframe will not be processed.
Bloodborne Pathogens Exposure, APPROVED LABORATORY TESTING SCHEDULE
Health Sciences students outside the University of Washington system who experience a BBP exposure should refer to the Approved Laboratory Testing Schedule as a resource to avoid being charged unnecessary lab fees. Lab tests ordered must follow this schedule to qualify for reimbursement by the health fee.
Please note under baseline labs that it is unnecessary to draw the Hepatitis B Surface Antigen (HBsAg) or Hepatitis B Core Antibody (HBcAb) titers if there is a documented history of completed Hepatitis B vaccine series and a positive Hepatitis B Surface Antibody. Health Sciences students who have already satisfied their initial program requirements by proving their immunity to Hepatitis B, in most cases, do not need to have these labs drawn after a bloodborne pathogen exposure.
BBP Exposure: Approved Laboratory Testing Schedule for Reimbursement