|hep c splash to eye
Feb 28, 2014
I am a resp therapist and was working in one of my hospitals icu's when i was splashed with a drop of blood while suctioning a pts trach tube. I rinsed my eyes out with saline and threw contacts away. I reported it to employee health and was sent to er for baseline blood tests. The pt was positive for hep c/neg fro hiv. Its been thirty days and i have been tested a second time which labs were still negative. I believe they are running ALT/AST and some other hep test which is suppose to under .8 i believe. I wish i new the name of the second test. I spoke to a GI Hepatology Dr who said to have labs run for hep c RNA PCR. Is that something they probably are already running? I am quite anxious about all this. If you could give me any advice i would appreciate it. I have been told mucosal exposure is rare for transmission. But still nervous.
| Response from Dr. Taylor
It is wonderful that you went to employee health. Following their algorithm is important. Yes mucosal transmission of hepatitis C via splash to eye is rare. The test the GI doctor mentioned is correct, I would ask about hepatitis C RNA viral load. This may not have been run. Also to minimize future stress do follow standard infection control practices regarding eye protection.
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