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.
- Students on the Houston campus may contact UTHS at the 800 number on the back of your student ID. UTHS is 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.