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Occupational Health exposures

Important Note

Employees involved in an accidental exposure should contact the blood exposure hotline for instructions (206) 987-2633. Exposed staff must report to Occupational Health Services or the Emergency Dept (after hours) within 1-2 hours of exposure so that appropriate medical evaluation and HIV post-exposure prophylaxis can be offered if necessary.

Clinical System Name

None specified


BBP Exposure
Employee Exposure
HIV Employee Exposure


Sample Requirements

Specimen: Whole Blood

Container(s): Lavender/EDTA AND Gold

Preferred Vol: Source patient - 4 mL; Employee - 4 mL

Minimum Vol: Source patient - 3 mL; Employee - 3 mL


Note: Test on source patient includes HIV Antibodies, Hepatitis B surface Antigen and Hepatitis C Antibody Screen. Tests on employee include HIV Antibody (baseline, not done STAT), Hepatitis B Surface Antibody and Hepatitis C Antibody Screen. Paperwork will be UW request form labeled SEACOC. 

Processing Instructions

Reject due to:

Spin: Y

Aliquot: Y

Temp: 2 - 8 C

Storage location:Do not order. Spin both tubes. Don’t aliquot gold top. Transfer plasma (lavender top) to a plastic aliquot tube affixed with appropriate Exposure Order sticker (Staff or Source).


Monday – Friday: Place samples and UW requisition in the CPA 1 Refrigerator, on the Virology Rack.


Saturday-Sunday & Holidays: With normal AM Virology batch, courier samples and UW requisition to UW NW220 (on a cold pack).


Off-site collection: Send samples and UW requisition to main lab.


Specimen Type Temperature Time
  Room temp

8 h

  Refrigerated 7 d

1 m



STAT Performed TAT
N Daily

1 - 3 d

Stat HIV if employee on anti-retrovirals available during open lab hours

Performing Laboratory

University of Washington

Dept of Laboratory Medicine

UW Virology Lab

1959 NE Pacific St, NW220
Seattle, WA 98195


Phone Number: (206) 520-4600


Department:  Send Outs

Phone Number: (206) 987-2563

Reference Range

None specified


Method: None specified

Analytical Volume: None specified


Send Out Instructions


Reference Test Name: None specified
Reference Test Number:

None specified


Send out M - F with the UW courier. Weekends and Holidays courier on a cold pack to UW NW220.