Student Health Services operates a Needlestick Hotline 24 hours
a day, 7 days a week to expedite your treatment in case of needlestick
or body fluid exposure. Regardless of the hospital or clinic where
you are working, the procedure is the same. You should have a "Needlestick"
sticker on the back of your student identification badge.
If you sustain a needlestick or have an accidental
exposure to bloodborne pathogens...
24 hours a day
Do NOT go to the nearest emergency room. Your
page will be answered promptly, and you will receive specific instructions
and information. After you page the hotline, remain by the phone
but do not use it or your call cannot be returned.
Most calls will be answered within 5-10 minutes.
You will be asked to give a detailed description of the incident.
Your baseline labs will be checked, as well as the labs on your
source patient. Then you will be counseled on your overall risk,
and told if treatment is necessary. You will be given follow-up
labs at defined intervals over the next 6 months to a year.
The costs associated with the Needlestick Hotline
(your laboratory work and medications) are covered by the medical
school. However, if you choose not to follow the Needlestick Hotline
procedure and see your own physician (private or through an emergency
department, for example), you will be personally responsible for
all costs, and these will not be reimbursed by UT Student Health
If you have any questions, please call the clinic
at (713) 500-5171, or stop by UT Student Health Services.