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girl88
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      #273492 - 08/19/13 11:15 AM

hi im a nurse trainee and did an iv insertion to a suspected hiv patient with out using gloves and touched wet blood.. i did not have any needle prick should i be tested?

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      #273493 - 08/19/13 03:10 PM

A suspected HIV patient? Just what does that mean?

You didn't follow protocol when you put the IV in. Just where was whom ever is suppose to be training you? Since they were so remiss in training you I would suggest you give them a second chance and ask them.

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      #273494 - 08/19/13 05:02 PM

I've got a pretty bad head cold with fever so my sense of humor may be a little off putting but I believe they meant that the patient hasn't been formally "charged" yet. Drum roll and symbol bashed please.



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      #273497 - 08/19/13 08:59 PM

Jokes aside, usually in cases like this one which occur frequently in hospitals, workers are sent to get tested just in case and so should you. But you should know (especially if you're going to work in healthcare) that HIV is not transmitted through skin.

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      #273500 - 08/20/13 08:19 AM

Healthcare workers are tested after needle sticks as is the patient. It's in the forms that you sign giving permission if someone is stuck by a needle.

They are NOT tested just for getting some blood on their fingers, because as you pointed out, HIV is not transmitted through the skin.

There is no reason for testing in this case.

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      #273501 - 08/20/13 10:49 AM

Also nurse trainees wouldn't be doing an IV stick ever. Plus if they were training they wouldn't have been alone doing it. Everything with a grain of salt on here.

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