Physician with diabetes
Aug 9, 2007
Hi, I am a primary care physician with diabetes. I do fingerstick blood glucose measurements daily, and cover the area with a bandaid, and keep changing it if it gets wet or dirty. Obviously I follow universal precautions when taking blood or other procedure and wear gloves. I usually take a measurement before or after work, but sometimes during, and always keep it covered with a bandaid. I realize the way HIV is transmitted, so I figure I am safe. (I also want to prevent my blood ever touching a patient) But want to ask you opinion if I am doing enough. For example if one day blood would somehow get on the bandaid, would it minimize the risk to negligible. Thanks, keep up the good work and regards.
Response from Dr. Frascino
Routine universal precautions are all that's required to protect you and your patients from bloodborne pathogens. Your finger-sticks would not change the risk at all.
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