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Needle Stick
Mar 3, 2011

My wife is a doctor and she was pushing medication through a port on a hep b patient. Before she was in the room, that port had 30cc of propofol pushed though it. She admistered an additional 10cc of something. While cleaning up, she pricked her finger. She is a hep b non-responder. She doesn't want to go on immunoglobulin because she is pregnant. Is the rate of infection high for the mechanism she came in contact with hep b? It was technically a clean tube but we are both worried.

Response from Dr. McGovern

It sounds like this was a clean exposure so I would not be concerned.

In light of her profession, she should eventually seek a consultation with an ID provider about trying different HBV vaccine protocols (eg, double dose for example) to see if she can be protected.



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