changing iv irrigation in surgery if hiv patient
Sep 22, 2007
i am an OR nurse and i had a laparoscopic case in an HIV patient. i was changing the laparoscopic irrigatin bag when a small amount of fluid was spilled on my finger ( i had paper cut) and i wasnt wearing gloves, will that transmit hiv?
Response from Dr. Pierone
Unless the irrigation fluid was visibly contaminated with blood the risk of infection is negligible.
Here is a link for the PEP line for clinicians with questions about potential occupational transmission of blood-bourne pathogens.
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