Needlestick Injury Protocol

Seek treatment within 1-2 hours after initial exposure, as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Needlestick Injury Protocol: Clean it, report it (contact your supervisor or preceptor, call for help (24 hour help line: 612-625-7900), get treated - Follow Instructions given by helpline. ID source patient, get follow-up exam

  1. Clean it
  2. Report it - contact your supervisor or preceptor.
  3. Call for Help - 24 hour help line: 612-625-7900
  4. Get Treated - Follow Instructions given by helpline.
  5. ID source patient
  6. Get follow-up exam - Contact Boynton Health Services at 612-625-3222

Also see the policy: Educational Exposure to Bloodborne Pathogens and Tuberculosis, Section VII. Protocol for Exposure to Blood Borne Pathogens During Educational Experiences.

Protect yourself from needlestick injuries

  • Plan for safe handling and disposal before using needles.
  • Dispose of used needles promptly in sharps disposal containers.
  • Complete annual blood borne pathogen training.
  • Get your hepatitis B vaccines.
  • Report all sharps-related injuries to your supervisor to ensure appropriate follow-up. 

For BBPE Program Information, contact the Office of Occupational Health and Safety at