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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.

Dr. Bob

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