Bloodborne Pathogen Testing
- During the course of his/her duties, an emergency first responder may become exposed to blood or other bodily fluids from a coroner’s case. In conjunction with their respective department’s exposure protocol, this office will conduct HIV & Hepatitis C testing on a decedent (exposure source) at the request of a health care provider currently treating the exposed personnel.
- The request must be made on the department’s confidential “Request/Exposure Report” form. When this signed Request/Report form is returned to the Forensic Laboratories Division (Fax (323) 222-5171), the decedent’s blood will be tested for HIV & Hepatitis C.
- All results will be held in confidence by the Chief, Forensic Laboratories Division. HIV & Hepatitis C test results may only be released to the health care provider for the exposed emergency responder, or directly to the “designated officer” of the emergency responder’s department.
- The Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner will honor a “Request/Exposure Report” form from a Good Samaritan who has been exposed to blood or other bodily fluids during life saving procedures provided to a decedent before their death.
- Negative test results will be provided directly to the exposed individual.
- Any positive test results will be referred to the County’s AIDS Program Office for notification to the exposed individual.
- A family member of the decedent may request an HIV & Hepatitis C test be performed. In this case a letter of authorization signed by the next of kin is required.
- Negative test results may be provided to the next of kin.
- Any positive test results will be referred to the County’s AIDS Program Office for notification to the next of kin.