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Post Exposure (Needlestick) Policy

An occupational exposure is considered an urgent medical concern which requires immediate attention for proper medical management. Do not delay in seeking medical care.

An exposure that might place Health Care Providers at risk for Hepatitis B Virus, Hepatitis C Virus, or HIV infection is defined as a percutaneous injury (e.g., a needlestick or cut with a sharp object) or contact of mucous membrane or non-intact skin (e.g., exposed skin that is chapped, abraded, or afflicted with dermatitis) with blood, tissue, or other body fluids that are potentially infectious.

Definition quoted from the Centers for Disease Control June 29, 2001 "Updated U.S. Public Health Service Guidelines for the Management of Occupational Exposures to HBV, HCV, and HIV and Recommendations for Postexposure Prophylaxis"

Exposure Concerns

If you have concerns regarding an exposure, please contact NSU's Infection Control/OSHA Director, at (954) 262-7353, or the Sterilization department at (954) 262-7352.

Note: You should seek medical attention immediately following an exposure incident.


  • Hepatitis Hotline - (888) 443-7232
  • National Clinician's Postexposure Prophylaxis Hotline - (888) 448-4911

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