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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