A communicable disease is defined as a disease that may be transmitted directly or
indirectly from one individual to another. Diseases such as streptococcus and influenza
can be spread by discharge from nose or throat, either by droplet through the air,
or by contact with objects contaminated by these discharges. Thus, they can be spread
by casual contact such as that which occurs in a school setting or healthcare environment.
Athletic Training Students who are diagnosed by a medical professional with a communicable
disease that may be transmitted by casual contact should immediately notify the Clinical
Coordinator as well as their direct clinical preceptor. The student shall not report
to their clinical assignment until cleared by a physician.
In compliance with the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) and the
Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommendations, all involved in the UNC ATP are
expected to follow and abide by the policies and procedures outline in the University office of Environmental Health & Safety’s Biological Safety Manual when dealing with blood and bodily fluids. Workshops and in-services are provided
each academic year to keep you informed and up to date with current information.
Failure to comply, and abide by the procedures outlined in the manual can result in
probation and/or removal from the program, and may affect your clinical practicum
grade. Remember these policies are for your safety and protection. No student or
prospective student may engage in any clinical experiences, including observational
experiences unless they have been adequately educated about the University’s policies
& procedures regarding bloodborne pathogens.
The program requires annual completion of education and training in blood borne pathogens
and the program's communicable disease policy. The initial training for all students
occurs as a component of SES 281 and must be completed prior to any observational
experiences. Annual training for all students will typically occur in January of
each year at the start of the Spring semester.
Post Exposure Plan and Follow up
If students follow the prevention guidelines as presented in BBP training, an exposure
incident to a BBP should be a rare event. However, if the student does have an exposure
incident, it is important to remember that prompt action is important and may be critical
for the effectiveness of prophylactic treatment which must be administered within
a specific time period.
- If contact with blood or other potentially infectious material occurs on skin with
cuts, rashes, acne or dermatitis, wash the area for 10 minutes with soap and water.
- If blood or other potentially infectious material splashes in the eyes or on mucus
membranes, flush the area for 15 minutes with water or normal saline.
- After this immediate action, the student should immediately notify their preceptor,
program director and/or CEC and complete the Post Exposure Report Form.
- Obtain medical attention at the UNC student health center located in Cassidy Hall.
If the UNC Student Health center is closed, medical attention should be obtained through
North Colorado Medical Center.
- The Program Director and/or CEC will contact the UNC Environmental Health and Safety