Bloodborne Pathogen Exposures

In an effort to improve the delivery and follow up care of all UofL students, residents and staff who experience exposure to bloodborne pathogens, Campus Health Services (CHS) is the designated site for the evaluation and treatment for bloodborne pathogen exposures within the Health Sciences Center. CHS will provide all students, residents and staff with initial and follow up evaluations, risk determinations and treatment for bloodborne pathogen exposures in conjunction with infectious disease specialists if warranted.

Immunizations

The maintenance and tracking of the students’, residents’ and fellows’ immunizations in the HSC Immunization Program is essential for the safety of our patients and trainees as well as for the accreditation of the clinical facilities that the UofL Schools of Medicine, Nursing and Dentistry use as well as the training programs in Audiology, Speech Pathology and Psychology. Failure to maintain appropriate immunizations can lead to the following:

  1. Unlimited routine office visits for health maintenance, physicals, blood pressure checks
  2. Gynecological exams (does not cover outside laboratory charges)
  3. Medical office visits for  illnesses
  4. Allergy injections
  5. Phlebotomy services (lab and x-ray fees are paid by patient or patient insurance)
  6. In-office lab tests such as strep, flu, pregnancy, urinalysis
  7. Annual surveillance TB skin testing and influenza immunizations
  8. Low cost generic medications dispensed out of the health office
  9. Low cost birth control pills
  10. Post-exposure evaluation, and testing for exposures to blood-borne pathogens such as HIV, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C including prophylactic medications when prescribed by the health service for up to thirty days

Clearly, the failure of the students, residents and fellows with the immunization requirements, could lead to disastrous results for patients, healthcare workers and our affiliated institutions. Compliance with the program’s requirements is mandatory for all students, residents, and fellows in clinical training programs. Failure to comply with the program can result in removal from academic programs or suspension without pay or even termination.

Mandatory Health Insurance Requirement

All students enrolled in the MD, DMD, upper division Dental Hygiene and Registered Nurses, ARNP, and the Audiology & Speech Pathology programs are required to have major medical insurance.  The major medical insurance may be waived with proof of similar coverage. Waiver information is sent to students using UofL e-mail accounts giving details on how to enroll or waive the medical insurance. E-mails are sent out starting mid-July for the Fall semester, mid-November for the Spring semester, and mid-May for the Summer semester.  You cannot submit a waiver prior to receiving this e-mail.

Health Professional Health Fee

The mandatory health fee is charged to students enrolled on the Health Sciences Center campus, including: the Schools of Medicine, Dentistry, Upper Level Dental Hygiene, Upper Division Nursing, APRN, Speech Pathology, Audiology and School of Public Health and Information.  It is designed to meet the special needs of students in the healthcare professions.  The Professional Health Fee is $52.50 per semester.

Coverage includes:

  • Unlimited medical office visits
  • Gynecological exams (lab or x-rays are paid by patient or patient insurance)
  • Flu shots
  • Annual surveillance TB skin testing
  • Post-exposure evaluation and testing for Tuberculosis
  • Low cost generic medications dispensed out of the health office
  • Discounted pharmaceuticals through the UofL Hospital Outpatient Patient Benefits Program
  • Post-exposure evaluation, and testing for exposures to blood-borne pathogens such as HIV, Hepatitis B and Hepatitis C including prophylactic medications prescribed by the health service
  • Confidential access to a counselor based on the HSC Campus
  • Confidential psychiatric consultation

This fee does not provide hospitalization or coverage for tests and services other than those listed above. Students without major medical coverage should purchase the university sponsored medical insurance plan to be fully covered for any illness beyond the scope of this fee.

The mandatory health fee is not medical insurance and does not meet requirements for health insurance.

For more information about Campus Health Services and a listing of their services and resources, please visit their website at http://louisville.edu/campushealth