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Wednesday, September 10 • 8:00am - 12:10pm
8:00 am - 12:10 pm W006 Healthcare Personnel Post Exposure Management Hotline: Thirteen Years in Review (Intermediate)

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Topic Overview:

Project: Risk of bloodborne pathogen (BBP) transmission following occupational exposures depends on the healthcare personnel’s (HCP) immune status, source patient factors, and the type of injury and quantity of blood transferred to the HCP. Prevention of transmission requires prompt reporting, expert post-exposure assessment, and rapid dispensing of post-exposure prophylaxis medications (PEP.) A body substance exposure (BSE) hotline was implemented by BJC HealthCare, St. Louis, MO, in 1997, staffed by trained nurse specialists with infectious disease physician oversight and standing HIV PEP orders. The hotline is answered 24/7, and procedures are in place at all entities for source patient lab testing, HIV PEP and employee testing. A total of 4,682 hotline calls were managed from 2000 to 2013, and HCP self-reported BSE are collected in an electronic data repository.  The BSE hotline provides a regional service to support exposed employees with after-hours expertise, avoiding employee visits to the ER.  Standardized training, assessment tools, standing orders, protocols, and expert physician guidance provide consistent exposure management for exposed HCP by nurse specialists. The hotline services over 28,000 employees, and calls are responded to within 10 minutes. Specialists provide HIV PEP within two hours of warranted exposures for BBP transmission prevention.



  1. Describe a body substance exposure (BSE) hotline.
  2. Identify resources needed to provide a successful BSE hotline.
  1. Evaluate the effectiveness of a BSE exposure management program.

avatar for Nancy W. Gemeinhart, RN, MHA, CIC

Nancy W. Gemeinhart, RN, MHA, CIC

Nancy W. Gemeinhart is the Program Director, Occupational Health Services, for BJC HealthCare in St. Louis, MO.  Educated in the fields of nursing and healthcare, she earned a Diploma of Nursing at the Western Pennsylvania Hospital School of Nursing, Pittsburgh, PA, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Maryville University, St. Louis, MO, and a Master's of Science in Health Care Management at Lindenwood University, St. Charles, MO. Gemeinhart... Read More →
avatar for Ashleigh J. Goris RN, BSN, MPH, CIC

Ashleigh J. Goris RN, BSN, MPH, CIC

Ashleigh J. Goris’s educational experience includes a Bachelor's  in Biology and a Master's in Public Health from Saint Louis University, and a Bachelor's in Nursing from Chamberlain College of Nursing. Professional experience includes a Registered Nurse with four years in medical-surgical nursing, seven years in hospital epidemiology and infection prevention, and board certification in infection control. She currently serves as an... Read More →

Wednesday September 10, 2014 8:00am - 12:10pm
Napoleon Ballroom A1 3/F