Apr 29, 2013
If nurse was splashed with fluid on the cheek from a picc line after disconnecting tubing to administer retroviral meds and saline, is there a risk of HIV infection?
Response from Mr. Glenn
Thanks for your question,
From what I understand, there isn't any risk from this situation. First off, an infectious fluid on the cheek (where the skin is healthy and unbroken) isn't going to be risky because the HIV won't have a way to get inside the body.
Furthermore, I don't see where the infectious fluid is in this situation. HIV is only transmitted from an infected person's blood, semen, breast milk, or vaginal fluid. It doesn't sound like any of these fluids was present. The tubing is sending fluid into the body not drawing it out, right?
Hope this helps!
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