Possible double glove exposure
Jan 21, 2011
As a medical resident, I was putting in a central line in an HIV positive patient. I wore double gloves. I think at some point in procedure, I felt my hand brush against the scalpel. I ungowned, washed my hands and went on my way. I noticed 3 dots on my hand that I did not see before. Appears to be superficial. I went back and pulled my gown out of the garbage and looked at the second pair of gloves (I was freaked and didnt look for a break in the first pair). I did not see an obvious tear. What are my chances of exposure through double gloves with possible superficial scrapes? Freaked out a bit. Should I go to occupational health for this?
Response from Dr. Frascino
All occupational HIV exposures or potential exposures should be reported to occupational health for evaluation, documentation of the incident, and advice on whether treatment and/or testing is warranted. From what you explained in your post, your HIV-acquisition risk would be negligible at best. But it should still be reported and documented.
Get Email Notifications When This Forum Updates or Subscribe With RSS
- Ache In Testicles After Insertive Oral Sex Worried I Have HIV
- Bloody Urine After Anal Sex Without Condom Does It Mean I Have HIV
- Dry Mouth After Swallowing Precum What Are The Chances Of HIV
- Painful Ejaculation After Anal Fingering Worried I Have HIV
- Painful Red Spots After Open Mouth Kissing Worried I Have HIV
- White Bumps After Anal Sex Top Sign Of HIV AIDS
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.