Universal precautions policies protect both students and patients from unnecessary health risks.
Students must be aware of the recommendations outlined in the relevant teaching hospital's policies. Certain specific situations require a mandatory visit or telephone consultation with Student Health Services. Such situations include the following:
- needle sticks or other contaminated injuries,
- exposure to active cases of tuberculosis,
- mucous membrane exposure to blood borne pathogens,
- exposure to enteral varicella, and
- active enteral infection with salmonella or shigella.
A nurse or physician at IUPUI Health Services (Student Health Services) is available 24 hours a day on pager 312-OUCH (312-6824) to provide information regarding needle sticks and other contaminated injuries. Students who sustain a needlestick or other contaminated injury should page the OUCH pager immediately. Students exposed to or exhibiting signs and symptoms of contagious diseases, including but not limited to varicella and viral conjunctivitis, should go to a Health Services location to be seen as soon as possible. If the situation occurs when the health service locations are closed, the student should page the OUCH pager.
The Indiana University School of Medicine has established guidelines for the management of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) seropositivity, and acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) in students of the Indiana University School of Medicine. Individuals whose behavior, for any reason, significantly deviates from guidelines at the practice site, thereby placing patients, staff, or colleagues at risk of exposure to HIV infection, may be suspended from participation in the school curriculum pending prompt review by the Dean of the School of Medicine.
The policy allows for serologic testing for all students who wish to know their HIV antibody status. Testing will be done confidentially, and results will be reported only to the individual tested and to any agency required by state and local health codes. This testing is done at the student's expense, and is available at the following locations.
IUSM medical students receive online universal precautions training annually.