|Blood in urine samples
Oct 16, 2000
I am a registered nurse. Recently I had to flush a foley catheter with saline to determine if the catheter was patent. I placed a needle into the port on the foley with approx 30 cc of saline. I did this procedure twice and discovered a small blood clot was my problem for not allowing the urine to flow properly. Once i completed the procedure, the patient moved suddenly and i obtained a needle stick. I have read a great deal of material on HIV not being transmitted by urine but what about blood found in
urine? The patients diagnosis was Brain Tumor, I have no reason to suspect HIV but he has never been tested to my knowledge. Thanks for your help!
| Response from Dr. Dieterich
If the blood was clotted, it was probably old and less likely to be contagious. It does not sound like a high risk exposure. You should have an HIV antibody test now anyway and then in 6 months to be certain, but I would not worry about it. DTD
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