First Aid for Animal Related Injuries
For life threatening or immobilizing injuries, call 911
The following steps should be taken for an injury that breaks the skin while working with any animals used in research (including mammal, amphibian, reptile and bird):
- Immediately wash the wound and surrounding area thoroughly with an antibacterial soap. It is recommended to scrub vigorously for 3-5 minutes, rinse, and repeat two more times.
- Inform your supervisor or PI of the incident.
- Seek medical attention.*
It is important to know in advance where you should report on weekdays during regular business hours, after hours, weekends, and holidays.
*Please see the 'First Aid for Animal Related Injuries' link on the Office of Environmental, Health, and Safety Management, IU Animal Safety Program page for information about where to seek medical attention as well as:
- Employee Occupational Injury/Illness Report Form
- Employer Authorization for Treatment Form
- Pertinent Phone Numbers