This page includes information about what to do if you have a needle stick injury, or experience at a blood and body fluid exposure. For more information contact your Doctor / Nurse Practitioner or call Public Health at 306-765-6500

What do you do if you get a needle stick injury?

  • If the needle breaks the skin, let the area bleed freely.
  • Wash the area well with soap and water and apply an antiseptic like rubbing alcohol or peroxide.
  • Go to the emergency department at the hospital right away.

What do you do if you are exposed to blood or body fluids?

  • If you are exposed to someone else’s blood or body fluids through activities such as fighting, biting or spitting:
  • Wash the area well with soap and water and apply an antiseptic like rubbing alcohol or peroxide.
  • Go the emergency department at the hospital right away.

How do you treat a needle stick injury or exposure to blood or body fluids?

  • The risk of getting a disease (Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C or HIV) is low, but each situation needs to be reviewed thoroughly by a doctor/ nurse practitioner at the hospital.
  • The doctor/nurse practitioner may recommend further blood testing, immunizations, and/or medications depending on your situation.