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Got Injection Pricked..
Oct 28, 2010

I am a healthcare professional... today evening i gave an IM injection to a patient (HIV STATUS UNKNOWN) and accidently pricked myself with slight blood oozing on pressing the finger... though i asked his previous sexual and medical history... revealing nothing as such... what am i supposed to do now... please help me... me SCARED...

Response from Dr. Frascino

Hello,

What are you supposed to do now??? As a "healthcare professional," you should know exactly what to do! All occupational exposures (even potential exposures) should be reported, documented and evaluated immediately by your occupational health division. Based on the severity of the exposure and certain characteristics of the source patient, different courses of action would be recommended, from documenting the incident only (no risk) to recommencing follow-up HIV testing for the health care worker (low risk) to trying to evaluate the HIV status of the source and, if positive, considering PEP -- post-exposure prophylaxis-- as well as testing (high risk).

I would suggest you go to your occupational health division or to your supervisor without delay and report the incident.

Good luck.

Dr. Bob



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