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Needlestick policy

Here’s what to do if you get stuck by a needle.

Needlestick policy

What to do if you get a bloodborne pathogen exposure

  1. Perform basic first aid immediately, including:
    • Wash the needlestick or cut with soap and water
    • Rinse eyes, nose, mouth or skin with clean water
  2. Notify your supervising faculty member and Geisinger Employee Health at 570-214-9424 immediately. Report to nearest Employee Health office or emergency department during off hours and then notify Geisinger Employee Health by the next business day.
  3. Have the appropriate blood draw to test for HIV and hepatitis B and C. 
  4. A Geisinger Employee Health provider will review all information and communicate with you and the clinical site and follow up as needed.
You must be cleared by Geisinger Employee Health to return to class/clinical rotations following an exposure.

View the Policy on Exposure to Infectious Environmental Hazards.

In the event of any non-Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine campus-related blood borne pathogen exposure, please proceed to the facility employee health department for evaluation. If after normal employee health business hours, go to the nearest emergency department and give the registration clerk a copy of this letter. In addition, notify Geisinger Employee Health at 570-214-9424 immediately.

Download the needlestick card file.

Contact Student Health Services

Administrative office
Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine
Medical Sciences Building, First floor, 1004W
525 Pine St., Scranton, PA 18509
570-558-4290
Fax: 570-558-4295

Hours: Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Maria Kobylinski, MD
Medical director

Paul Burke, BSN, RN
Manager
570-558-4290
pburke2@geisinger.edu

Jonathan Blake, LSW
Behavioral Health Therapist Lead
570-558-4292
jtblake@geisinger.edu

Olivia DelVechhio, LSW
Behavioral health therapist
570-558-7489
odelvecchio@geisinger.edu

Kyle Strobel, MS, NCC, LPC
Behavioral health therapist
570-558-4294
klstrobel@geisinger.edu

Terry Waibel
Administrative assistant
570-558-4293
twaibel@geisinger.edu