|Nurse splashed by inanimate object...
Sep 7, 2011
Hi, last week I was changing caps on a central line, and I noticed a little saline with a tinge of blood on my glove. Hastily (after a call out on the floor) I took off my gloves noting that I got a few drops of "something" splashed to my face. I am not sure if it reached my eye or not. I immediately went and washed my face and irrigated my eyes with water and reported it to employee health. They started me on medications, but I had to discontinue them after 4 days - they made me very sick to my stomach (even while taking it with Zofran). What do you think are the chances I will seroconvert down the road? The infectious-disease nurse told me seroconversion only "rarely" happens after a "large direct blood splash" to the eyes that was not washed out promptly. Can you shed some light on this please? Thank you very much. R.F.
| Response from Dr. Frascino
I'm glad you reported the incident immediately. From the information provided I'm surprised they advised you to take a course of PEP. It doesn't seem warranted in my opinion. I agree acquiring HIV from such an incident would be extremely remote, even if the fluid was "blood tinged." I suggest you follow the guidelines for HIV testing after an occupational exposure, which recommend HIV-antibody testing at four-to-six weeks, three months and six months from the date of exposure.
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