Part 8 Subpart 8-9 Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) and Other Communicable Diseases

Sec. 8-901. Academic Setting - Required Procedures.

The University's biological laboratories and clinics will establish procedures to reduce the frequency of needlesticks and exposure to human blood, blood products, or mucous secretions in order to reduce the risks of transmission of infectious agents. Such risks are often highest during the professional training period. These procedures shall include the following:

  1. No University laboratories or classes should draw students' blood except where drawing blood is in integral part of the training process (medical technology, nursing, etc.) or for health-related reasons in the Health Center.
  2. All clinic instruments which contact a person's blood or mucous membranes must be appropriately cleansed, disinfected or sterilized between uses; or if disposable, such instruments must be placed in a labeled container designed for such purpose. Such instruments must never be left lying about.
  3. All needlesticks must be immediately reported to proper medical personnel for further evaluation.
  4. Each University clinic and laboratory dealing with any body fluids (either directly or indirectly) or microorganisms must post in the clinic or laboratory the aseptic procedures to be followed in that clinic or laboratory.
  5. An occasional patient seen at a University clinic (Dental Hygiene, Dental Assisting, Optometry, Nursing Center) may have a health condition communicable through blood, respiratory or mucous secretions. Such patients and their conditions may not be recognized prior to receiving clinic services. Therefore, all patients should be treated with the highest regard given to aseptic techniques and procedures as outlined in this subpart. In addition, all clinic personnel must be educated with respect to the transmissibility of certain infectious agents such as Hepatitis viruses and HTLV-III virus in order to separate irrational fears from rational precautions.
  6. All University clinics reserve the right to reassign or deny treatment to any individual, if it is determined that the individual could place a student or faculty practitioner or other patient at undue risk.
  7. All medical information provided by a University student patient at any University clinic will be available to the Ferris Health Center Medical Director.

Cross Reference:

Sec. 8-904. Student life.