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What are my chances getting hep c from contaminated blood on my hand?
Mar 29, 2009

I am an nurse and I started an IV today on someone with hep C. I forgot to wear gloves with her. After I got the needle in she started to bleed. I got a very small amount of blood on my hand. I don't think I have any cuts, and I cleaned it right away. Should I be worried?

Response from Dr. McGovern

Hepatitis C requires blood to blood contact so blood on intact skin should NOT be an issue.

However, I advise all healthcare workers to report any incident with blood exposure to their occupational health officer for their own protection. You should get in the habit of doing this for all possible exposures that cause you any concern.

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