Graduate Medical Education
Graduate Medical Education Policies and Procedures
Policy on Infectious Disease Prevention - Blood and Body Fluids Exposure
Guidelines and Policy for Infectious Disease Prevention for Medical Residents exposure to blood and body fluids and risks related to HIV and Hepatitis B
Due to possible risks of acquiring infectious diseases during the postgraduate medical education such as HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus), HBV (Hepatitis B Virus), and HCV (Hepatitis C Virus), residents should be informed of universal precautions, exposure procedures, and treatment available at each of the residency teaching hospitals (Carle, OSF Heart of Mary Medical Center, and Department of Veterans' Affairs Medical Center, Danville). Residents should also become familiar with provisions and limitations of their personal health insurance plan. The following policy applies to all University of Illinois College of Medicine at Urbana-Champaign postgraduate medical residents, referred to hereinafter as the subject group.
- As part of the educational program the subject group will receive and familiarize themselves with information about HIV and viral hepatitis, specifically about methods by which these agents may be transmitted in the educational setting and how to prevent such transmission. They shall also be provided and familiarize themselves with each affiliated institution's blood and body fluids exposure policy and procedures to be taken if exposed. As part of the postgraduate medical curriculum, residents will receive information regarding preventive measures before exposure and follow up procedures after exposure to these agents. The local directors at each teaching hospital site will monitor their affiliated institution's policy, will identify procedures for individuals to take after exposure that will include providing immediate treatment and counseling, and will keep records of all subject groups exposures.
- Routine or mandatory HIV testing of the subject group is not recommended. All residents should undergo a personal assessment to determine their need for HIV testing. Testing must be on a voluntary basis. All confidentiality laws shall be followed to protect the identity of HIV infected residents.
- The established University long-term disability program shall apply.
- The UICOM-UC will distribute this policy to the subject group and to each affiliated institution where a subject group may be at risk.
- This policy will be reviewed on a periodic basis by individuals appointed by the Graduate Medical Education Committee (GMEC).
Approved by GMEC: 4/24/2015