|worried nursing student
Apr 8, 2013
I am a nursing student who was observing one of the RNs at my clinical site while she was suctioning a trach. I was wearing gloves, a gown and a mask (no visor), but got a couple of droplets splashed on my forehead and cheek; I do not think any of it got into my eyes, but cannot be certain. I was wearing glasses.
I do not know the status of the patient. Is this something that I need to be concerned about in terms of HIV transmission?
| Response from Dr. Wohl
No risk here. You had glasses on so you were likely protected. Plus this does not sound like bloody fluid so even less of a concern. All potential exposures should be reported to your supervisors and occupational health.
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