Division Title
Health and Wellness

Medical Emergencies

Select one of the links below for more information:


Work-Related Medical Emergencies: Human or Nonhuman Primate Exposure

On-Call Emergency Care

Personal Medical Emergencies

Work-Related Medical Emergencies: Human or Nonhuman Primate Exposure

An injury that involves an exposure to human or nonhuman primate body fluid should be treated as a medical emergency. First aid should be initiated immediately on-site.

  • Contaminated skin should be scrubbed with soap and water for 15 minutes.

  • Contaminated eyes or mucous membranes should be irrigated with water or normal saline for 15 minutes.

The injury should be reported immediately to your local OMS clinic.

  • Bethesda: Building 10, Room 6C306, (301) 496-4411

  • Baltimore: Room 01B210, (443) 740-2309

  • IRF-Frederick: Room 1B116, (301) 631-7233

  • RML-Hamilton: Room 5205, (406) 375-9755 

Additional Resources

pdf documentEmergency Procedures for Exposure to Blood, Body Fluids and Infectious Materials 

pdf documentFirst Response Guidance for Potential Exposure to B Virus 

external linkInfection Control Guidelines from the Clinical Center Hospital Epidemiology Service 


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On-Call Emergency Care

An OMS clinician is on-call to respond to occupational exposures to HIV, monkey B virus, and other potentially life-threatening biohazards that occur during hours that the clinic is closed. The on-call OMS healthcare provider can be contacted by calling the NIH Page Operator at (301) 496-1211.


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Personal Medical Emergencies

OMS provides limited medical care for personal medical emergencies that occur on the NIH campus.

For emergency medical care on the NIH Bethesda campus, call:

  • 111 in the Clinical Center
  • 911 elsewhere on the NIH campus    

For emergency medical care on other campuses and buildings in the surrounding communities, call 911.


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