According to the contracts that are issued between the schools of nursing and the hospitals, should a student or faculty member be injured during clinical, “The hospital agrees to make available medical care at the request and expense of faculty and students who may become ill or may be injured while on duty. Upon written requests from the faculty or student, reports of such illness or accident will be sent to the college/university.” The student or faculty member may be seen in the emergency department, by employee health, or may choose to see his/her own primary care provider, based on the extent and severity of illness or injury.
If a student or faculty member sustains a needle stick injury, blood or body fluid splash, cut from any devise used in a patient, etc., the department manager/nursing should be contacted urgently. He/she will advise the student and/or faculty member on how to proceed. In addition, cleanse the area as noted in the facility’s blood/body fluid exposure policy.
Some exposures may be true medical emergencies depending on the source of the patient’s medical problems or the type of injury that occurred. Therefore the nursing supervisor/ department manager may then refer the student or faculty member to Employee Health Service or the Emergency Department if indicated.
Again, students and faculty are responsible for their own medical expenses, including the urgent/emergent care received at the hospital site. The student or faculty member may need to obtain ongoing follow-up care with their Primary Care Provider and take post-exposure prophylactic treatment, which can be costly. The expenses incurred by the ongoing follow-up care will also be the responsibility of the student or faculty member.
Because of the students and faculty responsibility for such expenses it is encouraged that students and faculty have adequate medical insurance coverage to assist with such an event.