|Pregnant- PEP? Re-use confirmed
Aug 31, 2011
Hi Dr. Bob,
I called the lab and they told me they do reuse needle holders at this lab. I'm sickened by this. I am pregnant. Do you suggest PEP? I emailed you earlier today about this, this is the follow up. I'm freaking out!!
Thank you for taking my question.
| Response from Dr. Frascino
It's perfectly safe to reuse certain types of plastic needle holders, as there would be no risk for transmission of blood-borne pathogens, such as HIV or hepatitis. Talk to the physician in charge of the laboratory if you remain worried. "Universal precautions" to prevent the transmission of blood-borne pathogens will no doubt be in place.
PEP is definitely not warranted.
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