|Accidental needlesticks in long term healthcare facility
Mar 18, 2011
What kind of blood work would be appropriate for an accidental needlestick injury
| Response from Dr. Young
Hello and thanks for your question.
Occupational exposure to blood by percutaneous injury usually is followed by employer-dictated protocol. In our institution, minimally, this involves getting HIV, HBV, HCV antibody tests, complete blood count and chemistry tests. We'd obtain tests at baseline, 1 and 3 months.
Depending on the injury and the source patient, post-exposure prophylaxis against HIV could be considered.
Be well, BY
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