A student who is involved in an accident or who is injured while participating in a clinical activity (including clinical learning lab), must complete a WGU Accident/Injury/Illness report (found in the attachments section below the text of this handbook article) within four hours of the event (or as soon as possible if being treated for serious injuries) and submit it to the appropriate clinical faculty member (i.e. learning lab instructor and /or clinical instructor). Students must also seek medical attention if needed, and are responsible for expenses incurred for treatment.
Healthcare personnel are at risk for occupational exposure to bloodborne pathogens such as HIV, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C. Body substance exposure must be reported to both the clinical partner and the University. All clients must be considered to be potentially infected with bloodborne pathogens. Universal precautions must be followed at all times. Body substances that may transmit infection include but are not limited to blood, urine, feces, seminal fluid, vaginal secretions, cerebrospinal fluid, synovial fluid, pleural fluid, pericardial fluid, peritoneal fluid, amniotic fluid, and any body fluid visibly contaminated with blood.
Body substance exposure occurs when non-intact skin or mucous membranes come into contact with body substances that may be infected by bloodborne pathogens. Common sources of exposure include needle sticks, cuts, bites, splashes to eyes or mouth, or prolonged contact with open wounds, abrasions, or dermatitis.
Preventive techniques, including the use of personal protective equipment and sharps containers, abstaining from recapping needles, and the use of needleless devices are to be used consistently by WGU students. Students are expected to be cognizant of, and adhere to, clinical agency/facility infection control policies regarding body fluid exposure.
Article Number: 20518, 2486