Dental and medical students who may have been exposed to pathogens via body fluid exposure should:
First – Attend to the injury
For example, if there is a wound from a sharp object, wash it with soap and water and apply direct pressure if it is bleeding. If clothing is contaminated from a chemical, biological, or radiation spill, remove it and wash the exposed area. Materials Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) are available when laboratory reagents and chemicals are used and may be a useful resource for immediate care. Be sure to inform your supervisor of the injury.
Second – Seek immediate medical attention at your clinical site
Your PCE or clinical supervisor has given you specific instructions for your site. If in doubt, you can also find the hospital-specific contact numbers for our 20 clinical sites below.
Note, when seeking immediate care in a hospital emergency department, medical and dental students should register using their Harvard University Student Health Program (HUSHP) Student Health Insurance Plan or other insurance. Do not register in the hospital emergency department as a hospital employee or you may be subject to higher bills than the copayment required by HUSHP or your other insurance.
Third – Plan any follow-up care with your primary care physician or their designee at HUHS within 48 hours
During weekdays, 9:00am-5:00pm, call the Medical Area Clinic at (617) 432-1370. After hours, weekends, and holidays, call HUHS Urgent Care at (617) 495-5711.
If you would like additional procedural advice, please call (617) 384-STIK (7845). This is a recorded message containing the pager number of the HUHS on-call physician. You may page the physician for procedural advice about the exposure and follow up care, rather than for medical advice