- The possibility for transmission of blood-borne pathogens such as HIV, hepatitis B, and hepatitis C by exposure to blood, body fluids, and body secretions; and the inability to identify all infected patients demands that appropriate protective
barrier precautions be used consistently for ALL patients when it is likely that exposure to blood, body fluids, or body secretions may occur.
- Body secretions include feces, urine, saliva, draining wounds, vomitus, sputum, semen, and any other body fluid visibly contaminated with blood.
- Affiliated health care organizations where students have clinical experiences will have universal precautions and blood-borne pathogen policies and procedures which students will be required to follow. While receiving education at the Larner College
of Medicine, students are expected to follow the guidelines stated here. Students are also expected to follow these guidelines while on clinical rotations at affiliated health care organizations, except when an affiliated health care organization’s
own procedures for universal precaution and prevention of exposure to blood-borne pathogens directly conflict with them. In any event, students should always take precautions to ensure their safety. Should a student feel that an affiliated
hospital’s universal precautions and blood-borne pathogens policies and procedures place them at risk, they should call the Associate/Assistant Dean for Students immediately, at (802) 656-8648.
Applicability of the Policy
All Medical Students
Related Larner College of Medicine Policies
Related University of Vermont Policies
Related Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) Standard(s)
12.8 Student Exposure Policies/Procedures
- 5/20/2014 Policy Adopted/Affirmed [Medical Curriculum Committee]
- 8/20/2019 Gender Neutral Language Edit [Medical Curriculum Committee]
- 12/17/2019 Reformatted [Medical Curriculum Committee]
Associate/Assistant Dean for Students (Director of Student Well-being)
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