13.1 Medical Evaluation

In case of a medical emergency, injured workers should proceed to University Hospitals and Clinics Emergency Treatment Center (ETC). 

When a hazardous exposure incident occurs, a medical evaluation and follow-up will be done by UI HealthWorks which is located at 3 Lions Drive in North Liberty, IA and can be reached by calling 319-356-3335. If the exposure involves either being splashed by blood or body fluids, or punctured (or cut) by a sharp object such as a needle, a medical evaluation and follow-up will be done by UEHC which is located on the first floor of Boyd tower in the UIHC and can be reached by calling 356-3631.  

Student hourly employees, or students receiving stipend compensation will receive treatment as stated above. For non-emergency injuries, all other students may be seen at Student Health Services (4189 Westlawn South, 200 Newton Rd.).

These steps should be taken following an exposure incident: 

  • Cleanse the body area thoroughly using mild soap and water.
  • Report the incident immediately to your supervisor.  Refer to the University Operations Manual (Part III. Human Resources, Chapter 34: Accidents) for the policy.
  • Call UI HealthWorks or UEHC for directions and to arrange evaluation and treatment.
  • On weekends, holidays, or after 4:30 on weekdays, go directly to University Hospitals and Clinics Emergency Treatment Center (ETC). They can be reached at 356-2233.  If seen in the ETC, contact UEHC for a follow-up the next working day.

For a biological exposure, medical personnel should be given the following information:

  • Identity of agent(s) or material; 
  • Signs and symptoms of exposure, and
  • Conditions and route under which exposure occurred.

For a chemical exposure, medical personnel should be given the following information:

  • Identity of chemical(s);
  • Conditions and route under which exposure occurred; 
  • Signs and symptoms of exposure, and
  • If possible, provide an MSDS. 

Supervisors: A Worker's Compensation form must be completed online through the Employee Self Service site within 24 hours.  As soon as possible, document the exposure route and circumstances of the incident.  If this involves bloodborne exposure or a biological agent, call EHS's Biosafety Professional (335-8501) for additional follow-up.