|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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