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Development of a Postexposure Biologic Treatment Algorithm on a Medical Center Campus

Hansen-Cain, Kristine M. MSN, APRN; Smith, Stephen B. MD; Paules, Catharine I. MD; Smith, Philip W. MD

Journal of Public Health Management and Practice: July/August 2013 - Volume 19 - Issue 4 - p 366–370
doi: 10.1097/PHH.0b013e3182703e06
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Objective: To describe the development of an easily accessible online biologic exposure algorithm to guide postexposure medical evaluation and treatment of medical research personnel and health care workers in a Midwest medical center campus.

Methods: We describe the steps involved in the creation of a biologic exposure algorithm from design through implementation.

Results: One point of contact allows phone evaluation and immediate triage, providing effective and timely medical care for exposed employees as well as important guidance for clinicians. The algorithm and exposure response system achieved the goal of integrating clinical and research laboratory exposure response.

Conclusions: Development of an integrated clinical and research exposure protocol may be an efficient way to maximize biosafety for workers.

This article describes the development of an easily accessible online biologic exposure algorithm to guide postexposure medical evaluation and treatment of medical research personnel and health care workers in a Midwest medical center campus. The integrated clinical and research exposure protocol may be an efficient way to maximize biosafety for workers.

The Nebraska Medical Center (Ms Hansen-Cain and Dr S. B. Smith) and the University of Nebraska Medical Center (Dr P. W. Smith), Omaha, Nebraska; and the University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland (Dr Paules).

Correspondence: Kristine M. Hansen-Cain, MSN, APRN, The Nebraska Medical Center, 987526 Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE 68198 (khansencain@nebraskamed.com).

The authors report no conflicts of interest and no sources of funding.

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