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Are there rapid PCR, P24 antigen, viral culture or other rapid tests for suspicious needle sticks?The Body: Rick Sowadsky M.S.P.H., C.D.S, Answers to Safe Sex Questions

Are there any rapid tests available for supicious needle sticks or used in medical centers' neonatal units?...
Rick Sowadsky, M.P.H.

Response from Rick Sowadsky, M.P.H.

Nevada State Health Division AIDS Program
Hi. Thank you for your question.Tests like the Qualitative PCR tests, p-24 antigen tests, viral culture testsetc. are NOT used for routine testing, nor for follow-up on needlestickinjuries. As I have discussed in previous questions, these tests... Read more »

needle Stick At Work

i had a needle stick at work while doing an I&D, it was with a 23-25'', i went to the... Read more »

Accidental needle stick

Hello! My friend had an accident a few days ago. She dropped her phone on the ground, she went to... Read more »
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Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

About Half of Nurses in U.K. Have Experienced Needle Stick Injuries, Many Are Concerned About HIV Risk, Study Says

A recent report by the United Kingdom's Royal College of Nursing found that 48% of the 5,000 nurses polled had been injured by a needle previously used on a patient during their careers, with about one-third fearing risk of exposure to bloodborne... Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Most Surgical Residents Fail to Report Needle-Stick Injuries, Increasing Risk of HIV, Other Bloodborne Diseases, Study Says

Almost all surgical residents accidentally stick themselves with needles or other sharp medical instruments but most fail to report the injury, increasing their risk of contracting HIV, hepatitis or other bloodborne diseases from infected patients,... Read more »
U.S. Food and Drug Administration

FDA Launches New Resource on How to Safely Dispose of Needles and Other Sharps

FDA launched a new website, Needles and Other Sharps (Safe Disposal Outside of Health Care Settings) , for patients and caregivers on the safe disposal of needles and other so-called "sharps" that are used at home, at work and while traveling. HIV... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

New York: Slip of Needle Could Cost a Life

Concerned about the dangers of possible disease transmission via accidental needlesticks, some first-responders and other health care professionals are working to change a New York state law that requires a patient's written consent prior to HIV... Read more »
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Needle stick

Posted by thissucks27, 2 Replies
Hi,

I am a nursing student and I suffered a needle stick during clinical. The needle was sticking out of the sharps container. For some reason it did not fall all the way in. When I went to throw a subsequent needle into the container it poked me in... Read more »

needle stick pep meds

Posted by justagirl72, 3 Replies
Hi, I'm a new nurse (1yr)..on March 17th (not so lucky) I was stuck on my left index finger by an insulin needle while injecting a known HIV+ /HCV drug user pt unknown CD4 or load ct. although he seemed very wasted. I avoided using his abdomen... Read more »

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6 week test HIV negative after needle stick from HIV negative patient

Posted by Faith1970, 1 Reply
I pricked my finger after I inserted a 20 gauge IV. The needle did not retract all the way and it pricked my finger through my glove. The patient was tested that day and was negative for HIV, positive for Hep C. I was tested for HIV and Hep C 6... Read more »