In an emergency situation involving blood or OPIM, always use Universal Precautions and minimize your risk of exposure by wearing appropriate PPE and using the safe practices that have been described earlier.

What to do if you are exposed

  • If eyes, nose, or mouth become contaminated, use eye wash stations or drench hoses to flush the contaminated area. Know the procedure for the area you are working or classroom lab. If you don't have access to an eyewash station following an exposure, flush at a regular sink.
  • Flush as soon as possible and continue to flush for a full 15 minutes. Always try to flush away from the nose to prevent contamination of the other eye. After flushing, go to the University Health Center or to Sentara RMH for medical consultation.
  • For exposed skin surfaces, wash the exposed area thoroughly with soap and water. Use a non-abrasive, antibacterial soap if possible. Again, after washing, seek medical attention.
  • Report the exposure to your supervisor as soon as possible.


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