|no gloves when removing iv needle
May 21, 2012
when i was leaving the hospital yesterday the nurse removed my iv needle using a piece of gauze without gloves. if she had hiv blood on her hand from another patient or a cut on her hand and she was hiv positive can the blood go through the gauze and into my vein and contract hiv or would the virus become inactive being exposed to the air and light?
| Response from Dr. McGowan
No, you are not at risk. There is no chance for any exposure to you. The nurse is putting herself at risk and was not following usual procedures.
Get Email Notifications When This Forum Updates or Subscribe With RSS
- What Antibiotics Can I Take Safely If I Have Hepatitis C?
- How Long Does Diarrhea Last In The Early Stages Of Hiv?
- Why Is Hiv Hard To Transmit?
- Does Aspirin Help Peripheral Neuropathy?
- Ethical Issues On Improper Disclosure Of Protected Health Information On Patients With Hiv Or Aids
- Acupuncture And Hiv
This forum is designed for educational purposes only, and experts are not rendering medical, mental health, legal or other professional advice or services. If you have or suspect you may have a medical, mental health, legal or other problem that requires advice, consult your own caregiver, attorney or other qualified professional.
Experts appearing on this page are independent and are solely responsible for editing and fact-checking their material. Neither TheBody.com nor any advertiser is the publisher or speaker of posted visitors' questions or the experts' material.