needle stick injury
Jun 13, 2006
As my 3 year old daughter and I were riding in a hotel elevator, she bent down and picked up a disposable Novafine (found on internet) insulin needle off the floor and handed it to me. She pricked herself with the needle when she did so drawing a small amount of blood from her the tip of her finger. The needle was capped and the location she poked herself was on the underside where the needle enters the insulin pen, NOT WHERE IT ENTERS THE SKIN. In researching the manner in which this device operates, it appears as though the chances are extremely slim that there would even be blood in the base of the needle even though it is a hollow bore type insulin needle. The doctor at the ER looked at the needle and said the chances of exposure were astronomically low and did not recommend testing since the top of the needle did not cause the injury. Could you please give me some guidance on the HIV or HCV exposure potential? Also, should I be reassured by the fact that the needle stick was a result of the base of the needle where it enters the insulin pen? I am a very concerned father of a beautiful little girl. Thank you for your time.
Response from Dr. Henry
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