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Offline RVW123

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Needle Stick Question
« on: September 25, 2012, 11:25:48 AM »
Could someone please explain the risk (if there is one) of a needle stick from a recently used syringe that has a quantity (in excess of 5mls) of blood within it?

If it was not exposed to the air, how long would temperature change and any other factors take to render it inactive and how much of a 'stick' would it take to become a risk?


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Re: Needle Stick Question
« Reply #1 on: September 25, 2012, 01:11:03 PM »
Could someone please explain the risk (if there is one) of a needle stick from a recently used syringe that has a quantity (in excess of 5mls) of blood within it?

If it was not exposed to the air, how long would temperature change and any other factors take to render it inactive and how much of a 'stick' would it take to become a risk?



This really depends on the situation and circumstances. Could you elaborate? WHen were you stuck? Under what circumstances? Are you in healthcare?

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Re: Needle Stick Question
« Reply #2 on: September 25, 2012, 06:32:56 PM »
Hi jkinatl2, thanks for your reply.

It was an accident in a domestic setting, syringe amongst the cushions on the seating. Into the thigh. Don't know if the plunger was depressed in the action, as not sure of the original position. It had been there for at least a few minutes, but was still warm to the touch.

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Re: Needle Stick Question
« Reply #3 on: September 26, 2012, 12:17:58 AM »
Hi jkinatl2, thanks for your reply.

It was an accident in a domestic setting, syringe amongst the cushions on the seating. Into the thigh. Don't know if the plunger was depressed in the action, as not sure of the original position. It had been there for at least a few minutes, but was still warm to the touch.

Though I understand the distress, I think the dangers of Hepatitis FAR outweigh the extremely remote chance, if there is a chance at all, of HIV.

If you managed to keep the needle, it might be useful to bring it to a doctor to be tested.

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Re: Needle Stick Question
« Reply #4 on: September 26, 2012, 07:31:23 AM »
Thanks jkinatl2- will follow your advice.

So I am surmising that even with that amount of blood, known to be hiv+ in the syringe, infection would be a low end risk due to the time it has been out of the body, which has to have been more than a minute or two, though possibly not more than five? Just wanting to claryfy, incase it happens again.

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Re: Needle Stick Question
« Reply #5 on: September 26, 2012, 07:48:15 AM »
RVW,

When injecting drug users become infected through shared needle use, it's because they're injecting infected blood directly into their blood stream. That's not what happens during a needle stick.

As Jonathan pointed out, you're at more risk for hep B or hep C (hep C in particular) from this incident. Do you still have the syringe and can you take it to a doctor for testing? You say this happened in a domestic setting - a friend's house perhaps? Can't they shed any light on who may have used the syringe and whether or not they've been tested for hiv and the heps?

I was just reading somewhere the other day that the only documented cases of hiv infection from needle stick injuries happened in medical settings. I do not expect you to be the first outside the medical community.

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