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Risk of infection
Mar 7, 2008

Hi I got an accidental needle prick while administering local anesthetic. I was wearing surgical gloves at the time. Wat is the risk of infection from HCV and HBS?

Response from Dr. McGovern

Risk of needle transmission is governed by many factors including: Whether the source patient was infected, the level of infectivity of the source, the bore size of the needle, amount of blood on exposure ---similar to the risks of HIV transmission. The risk of acquiring HBV through a needlestick is much higher than HCV.

If you have documented surface antibodies to HBV from prior vaccination (and I would guess that this has been documented in your record) you are not at risk for HBV.

Most importantly, when you have an at-work exposure, you must go to employee health, report the exposure, and get follow-up testing for your own protection!

hepa b

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