Critical Incidents

It is expected that all undergraduate students adhere to the policies and procedures of the practice site, including HIPAA regulations. Professional behavior is expected at all times. Information specific to the assigned clinical agency will be reviewed during the clinical orientation.

Critical incidents include errors and events in clinical settings in which there is potential/actual injury or harm to a client, staff member, or student. In the event of a critical incident in any clinical setting, the student must follow the policies/procedures of the agency as to completion of the proper documents.

In cases where the student has sustained a physical/chemical injury or has been exposed to an infectious agent, the student must follow the procedure of the institution as to the reporting of the incident and follow-up. Students are required to maintain personal health insurance and follow approved guidelines as to follow-up following injury or exposure to potentially harmful infectious/chemical agents. The following sections outline the American Nurses Association's Position Statement on Post-Exposure Programs in the Event of Occupational Exposure to HIV/HBV.