skin prick with blade for health care worker
Sep 28, 2013
while i was removing the stitches from patient , she moved and i pricked my finger by accident i noticed there was bleeding after i removed the gloves upon squeezing , i reviewed the file and the patient tested non-reactive both for hep c and b , should i be worried about them or about any other blood transmitted diseases .... thanks
Response from Dr. Taylor
When a health care worker sustains a needlestick, it should be reported to employee health or your equivalent. Hepatitis B, C and HIV are blood borne infections and while the risk of acquiring any of these via a needlestick is low, it is not zero. There is a standard of care regarding washing a wound, baseline and follow-up testing, that should be followed.
All health care workers should be vaccinated against hepatitis B ideally; if you live in a country where you can access this vaccine, you should have received it before you took care of patients. There can be a 'window period' before the basic hepatitis B and C blood tests become reactive, so again please follow-up with your employee health.
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