Infectious Exposure BBPE

TWU Student Health Services provides medical care and counseling to students who have been exposed to blood and/or body fluids as a result of a needlestick or other bloodborne/infectious illnesses. TWU students enrolled in selected clinical courses are automatically enrolled in the University Bloodborne Pathogen Exposure Insurance (BBPE). This is not a comprehensive medical plan, but provides coverage for medical services and treatment due to an exposure incident.

Follow these general instructions if an exposure occurs:

  • Needlestick/sharps injury or skin exposure: immediately rinse the exposed body area thoroughly with soap and water.
  • Mucous membrane/eye exposure: immediately flush eyes, mouth, or nose with plentiful amounts of water as soon as possible following exposure.

Reporting Procedure for On-Campus Exposures

  • Inform your supervisor/instructor.
  • Seek immediate medial attention at Student Health Services during regular business hours or the nearest medial emergency facility.
  • Depending on the nature of the exposure, you will be advised regarding further evaluation.
  • Student Health Services or the treating medical facility will draw appropriate labs, initiate treatment, prophylaxis, and plan any follow-up appointments.
  • Complete all required forms.

If Exposure Occurs Off Campus

  • Inform your clinical site supervisor and your University liaison (Instructor, Professor).
  • Report immediately to the clinical site Occupational Health Office or follow the clinical site protocol for infectious exposure.
  • Student on the Houston campus may contact UTHS at the 800 number on the back of your student ID. They are also a resource if you are not able to receive treatment at the site of the incident.
  • Provide your BBP Insurance card.
  • Complete all required forms for the clinical site and TWU.
  • Claims for reimbursement of charges for services may be submitted at TWU BBPE.

For more information the following resources are available:

TWU Environmental Health & Safety Bloodborne Pathogens 

TWU Bloodborne Pathogen Exposure Student Insurance

Page last updated 10:57 AM, April 17, 2017