|Blood getting under "Nail bed"
May 23, 2012
I am a student nurse from the united kingdom. Whilst undertaking a blood glucose test on a patient ( which involved a finger prick test), some of his blood smudged and my finger pad came into contact with it. I am sure it wasn't a great quantity of blood. I'm just concerned as round the other side of my finger, under the nail, I had a small tear. It was approximately 1-2 days old and not bleeding itself. Hope you might provide some peace of mind.
| Response from Mr. Glenn
Thanks for your question,
There is no risk from the situation you're talking about. For HIV to spread, there needs to be HIV+ body fluid coming out of someone's body and going immediately/directly inside yours.
While there's patient blood around, there wasn't a sufficient way for it to get into your body. An old small tear under your nail is not a way for HIV to get into your body. It's worlds away from a major cut!
Additionally, if there's a situation where you come in contact with patient's body fluids there should be a protocol in place for you to follow. If you're not sure, please ask your supervisor!
Hope this helps!
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