April 16, 2019

Changes to Needle stick/Sharps Injuries and Blood/Body Fluid Exposure policy

By Yavonda Chase

April 4, 2019 | Changes have been made to HR.4.01, the UAMS policy on Needle Sticks/Sharps Injuries and Blood/Body Fluid Exposure Policy.

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Policy highlights:

UAMS Employees are required to call the Company Nurse Injury Hotline at 1-855-339-1893 as soon as possible. All staff will be evaluated for risk of injury as soon as possible so prophylactic treatment, if recommended, can be initiated ideally within two (2) hours.

  • Main/Central Arkansas: During normal business hours, exposed individuals should contact the Preventive Occupational Environmental Clinic (POEM – open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) at 501-686-6565. After hours, weekends and holidays, exposed individuals should contact the Preventive Occupational Environmental Clinic on-call nurse at 501- 398-8636 for evaluation.
  • Arkansas Children’s Hospital Campus: Any time there is an exposure of a UAMS employee or student at ACH, the exposed individual should confirm that that the source patient’s, if known, has been drawn and delivered to the ACH lab. Exposed individuals should immediately contact UAMS Preventive Occupational Environmental Medicine Clinic. During normal business hours 8:00am to 4:30pm at 501-686-6565. After hours, weekends and holidays at 501-398-8636. If additional assistance is needed contact ACH Occupational Health at 501-364-1219 or pager is 501-405- 5902.
  • Regional Programs Clinic: Any time there is an exposure of a UAMS employee or student at a Regional Program site should contact the clinic supervisor or nurse supervisor at their nearest UAMS Regional Program clinic.
  • Off-campus/outside of Central Arkansas: If a specific site has not been identified through training/orientation materials, the exposed individual should contact their nearest Regional Program Clinic during business hours 8:00am to 4:00pm. After hours, weekends and holidays the exposed employees should go to the location specified by the triage nurse at The Company Nurse Hotline and students should go to their nearest Emergency Room for evaluation and possible treatment.
  • All exposed UAMS employees outside of Central Arkansas should follow up with Public Employee Claims Division (501) 371-2700 the next business day to discuss follow-up appointments. D. All staff and students are required to complete the Employee Student Injury and Incident Report Form (I&I).

Questions? Contact Taleda L. Gore-Lowe at tlgorelowe@uams.edu.