Definitions of Exposures


Policy 670.65


Policy Statement


The following constitute significant exposure to blood or other potentially infectious material (OPIM)*:

  1. Percutaneous (through the skin) exposure by needle-stick or other sharp instrument;
  2. Contamination of a fresh cut (less than 2 hours old) with blood or other body secretions;
  3. Mucous membrane exposure via splash in mouth or eye;
  4. Human bites that penetrate the skin;
  5. Cutaneous exposure involving large amounts of blood or prolonged contact with blood, especially when the exposed skin is chapped or abraded or afflicted with dermatitis.

*OPIM includes: semen, vaginal secretions, cerebrospinal fluid, synovial fluid, pleural fluid, peritoneal fluid, pericardial fluid, amniotic fluid, saliva in dental procedures, and any other body fluid that is visibly contaminated with blood.

Applicability of the Policy


All 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

History


  • 5/20/2014 Policy Adopted/Affirmed [Medical Curriculum Committee]
  • 3/17/2020 Reformatted [Medical Curriculum Committee]

Policy Oversight


Associate/Assistant Dean for Students (Director of Student Well-being)

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