Occupational Exposures – Hospital and Laboratory
- Medical staff or laboratory workers accidentally exposed
to infectious materials via needle sticks, cuts, or abrasions
should immediately wash the area with a nonabrasive soap and
water and follow the standard policy of their institution regarding
- When eye exposure occurs, the eye should be flushed with copious
amounts of water or eye wash solution for at least 15 minutes.
- In addition, postexposure antimicrobial prophylaxis with doxycycline
or ciprofloxacin should be started immediately and continued
for 7 days.
- Laboratory workers who handle cultures should be alerted to
the possibility of Y. pestis and take precautions to
avoid aerosolization of cultures or other infectious materials.