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What Is The Risk for a Med Tech
Sep 19, 2000

I am a recent graduate of a Med Tech program. During my education for one year I rotated through every section of the lab. I was just wondering how large is the risk of HIV infection through laboratory work? I always had gloves on, I always change those gloves when visibly contaminated, I always washed my hands. However my strongest fears involve aerosolized blood and eye contact. Also in blood bank splatters were inevitable on lab coats. So as a laboratorian am I at High Risk?

Response from Mr. Kull

The only risk for infection among health care workers that I'm aware of involve direct contact with blood through needle punctures or cuts. Getting blood directly in ones eye is also a risk. If you have not had any of these types of exposures then I would say that you are not at risk for infection.

RMK



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