What to do immediately after a blood exposure


For employee exposures:

For student exposures:

  • Refer to the Tulane Student Health Center Website.

  • Students should call the Student Health Center during weekdays from 8:30-5:00 at (504) 988-6929 and the 24/7 nurse advice line at 1.855.487.0290 during nights, holidays, and weekends.


Where do I report for medical care?

You may seek medical attention in the same manner that it would be sought should any occupational injury occur (e.g., emergency room, physician's office, urgent care clinic). However, we recommend using the following guidelines based on the location where the occupational injury was sustained:  

If on rounds at another healthcare facility:

Report to Employee Health (or the Emergency Room if after business hours) at that location for initial visit. 

Injuries at TNPRC: 

Go to the Occupational Health Clinic (Building A-5) at TNPRC for medical evaluation during business hours. If an exposure incident occurs after hours or on the weekend, your supervisor will notify the veterinarian on-call and page the nurse at (985) 966-6515 for further instructions. TNPRC Employee Health Phone: (985) 871-6600 

All Tulane University Health Sciences students: 

(This includes Tulane University School of Medicine students, Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine students, as well as all graduate students in a Tulane University Health Sciences Program.)  

  • Refer to the Tulane Student Health Center Website.

  • Students should call the Student Health Center during weekdays from 8:30-5:00 at (504) 988-6929 and the 24/7 nurse advice line at 1.855.487.0290 during nights, holidays, and weekends.

All other Tulane University employees:

Should report to the nearest emergency department, urgent care clinic, etc. for their immediate care and notify the Bloodborne Pathogens Coordinator at (504) 419-1391 as soon as possible.  


Workers' Compensation Information

As employees, you are covered under Workers' Compensation for an occupational injury. You should inform the treating healthcare provider that the injury is work-related and to bill accordingly. Employees should NOT show their personal insurance as this can complicate the billing issues. You should call the Workers' Compensation Manager by phone, (504) 247-1716 to verify benefits available. You can also visit the Tulane Workers' Compensation website for more information.

Important Facts:  

  • Employee is entitled to medical benefits once compensable injury occurs.  
  • Employee is entitled to indemnity benefits after a seven (7) day waiting period. Indemnity benefits are paid at a calculation of 66 and 2/3 percent of wages.  
  • All medical expenses related to a compensable injury are paid per fee schedule.  
  • If necessary, seek medical treatment at nearest hospital or clinic.  
  • Provide all medical documentation to your supervisor and Workers' Compensation Manager.  
Keep copies of documentation.