Safety

Q&A: Source patient testing

OSHA Healthcare Connection, March 16, 2010

Q: Just where does it say that we must test the source patient’s blood after an employee has a needlestick injury? My medical director is questioning the need for this.

A: Section 1910.1030 (f)(3) (A) of the Bloodborne Pathogens Standard imposes this requirement, which is a federal regulation. For more details to this answer and a link to a free downloadable Bloodborne Pathogens Postexposure Checklist, see the Ask the Expert post “Source patient testing after a needlestick is the law for employers, not an option.”

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