Nov 8, 2004
I know you have said that a needlestick exposure is a small risk, but what are the odds? My sister is a dentist and has talked about having a intrument possibly stick her through her glove.... I just worry about her safety. With a dental instrument poking through a glove and priking the skin.... what are the chances and level of risks? I am more worried than she is, she doesn't seem too bothered by it. Thanks!
Response from Dr. Dieterich
The chances are in the thousands to one range. Actually with dental instruments they are even less, because they are solid. The higher risks are from needlesticks with hollow bore needles that have blood inside them. Dental instruments present a very low risk. She is almost certainly vaccinated against Hepatitis B. There is no vaccine yet for HCV. Stay safe! DTD
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