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Offline mamaRN

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What is my risk?
« on: August 15, 2009, 03:41:36 PM »
Hi.  I am a nurse and should be able to answer my own question but I keep second guessing my self.  I was assisting a doctor with a procedure and I was trying to carefully move a needle out of harms way.  When I placed it down it was on an uneven surface and the needle came back up at my hand.  It definitely touched my finger but I dont think it penetrated my glove.  I looked at my glove numerous times and didnt see a hole or tear.  I then took off my gloves and milked my finger and didnt get any blood nor did I see a punture site. (although on the internet I have read that puncture sites can close quickly.)  It was a bigger needle so I assume I would have some sign of blood.  The pt had no history of HIV or hepatitis but I also know that doesnt mean anything.  I didnt go to employee health because I felt there was no need.  Clearly a needle can touch your hand with out pricking it .  I think its just nerves.  I am 11 weeks pregnant and have bad anxiety anyway.  My question is  If by some chance I missed a pin hole in my glove and it did prick my finger very superficial what is the likely hood of infection.  Thank you sooo much!

Offline Andy Velez

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Re: What is my risk?
« Reply #1 on: August 15, 2009, 04:30:39 PM »
MamaRN, your concern is understandable. However, based on the careful examination of your glove and your finger, your description leads me to think that nothing happened and this is really about jitters over what might have been.

If this is going to worry you then I suggest you do go to Employee Health and report it to get a second opinion. I don't see this as having been a genuine risk but why not get a little more reassurance from your health support there. I think it is EXTREMELY unlikely anything happened or that you will be advised to do PEP, but given the time constraints to begin PEP, you ought to get it clarified now.

Again, I don't think you actually had a risk.

Andy Velez

Offline mamaRN

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Re: What is my risk?
« Reply #2 on: August 16, 2009, 08:34:08 AM »
Thank you for responding.  I am sure you are right.  It has been almost a week so its too far out for PEP but I'm pretty sure its all in my mind.  Although I will still get tested.  I also just wanted to vent where my fears started.  I went this spring to donate blood and beforehand I had to read a 5 page laminated booklet on HIV/AIDS.  It was not at all about the disease but how awful it was to have it and how terrible people would treat you.  I am a healthcare professional so I do know how medicine has changed this diease.  I'm not quite sure what the point of the booklet was except maybe to get you to go to the health dept. to get tested instead.  I had been tested and it made me unsure of status and actually scared to get a test done.  Sorry I'm rambling but wanted to vent.  This is a wonderful site and wish everyone on here good luck and best wishes!

Offline Andy Velez

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Re: What is my risk?
« Reply #3 on: August 16, 2009, 09:01:40 AM »
OK. I appreciate how this began preying on your mind.

And I do expect you to test negative. Good luck and keep us posted.

Andy Velez


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