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Risk Of Hiv Through Needlestick Injuries

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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. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Love the Glove: Glove Use in Hospitals Appears to Cut Risk of Needlestick Injury

Wearing gloves reduces the risk of injury by needles and sharp medical devices, or sharps injuries, by about 66 percent, according to a new study by Canadian and U.S. researchers. Double-gloving brought the risk down further, by about 80 percent. ... Read more »
U.S. Occupational Safety & Health Administration

Safer Needle Devices: Protecting Health Care Workers

Contents Acronyms and Abbreviations Purpose of this Packet Epidemiology of Needlestick Injuries Occupational Risk of Needlestick Injuries Occupational Risk of Hepatitis B Occupational Risk of Hepatitis C Occupational Risk of HIV ... Read more »
Ask the Experts

HIV Exposure through Needlestick Injury?

I know my risk is extremely low, but the more reassurance I get, the better I feel. I work for a medical device reprocessing company and we collect single used devices from the operating room. I was picking up a container one day and a syringe (that...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hi.All occupational exposures, or potential occupational exposures, should be reported to the occupational health division. The incident can then be appropriately evaluated and documented with a detailed history and physician examination. If needed,... Read more »

Needlestick injury with HIV+ve patient - *SCARED N DESPERATE*

Dear Dr Kull,I was taking blood for a patient (unknown at that time)last Friday 22/3. I was using a vaccumtainer, the needle is double ended with one end covered with rubber that goes into the tube. When I disposed the vacuumtainer needle, I...
Ryan M. Kull, C.S.W

Response from Ryan M. Kull, C.S.W

Columbia University's Health & Related Services
HIV transmission to healthcare workers does not commonly occur, and the CDC is aware of only 57 healthcare workers that have been infected through occupational exposures (that's quite small considering how many needlestick injuries actually... Read more »

Re: HIV Exposure through Needlestick Injury?

I went to the ER immediately that night (that's how I got the PEP). I spoke with HR at my company and reported the incident. I had bloodwork taken to establish my baseline. I am going at 6 weeks, 3 months, and 6 months for HIV testing. I...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hi.Thanks for the follow-up! I'm delighted you followed the protocol for potential occupational exposure. The only thing I would add is that I recommend that anyone who has had an exposure (or potential exposure) significant enough to warrant... Read more »

MERCY...............NEEDLESTICK INJURY"NOW WHAT"

HII TESTED FOR HIV FROM A LAB, THE TEST WAS NEGATIVE,BUT I THOUGHT THE NEEDLE WAS USED ONE.BUT THE DOC TOOK A NEW SYRINGE INFRONT OF MY EYES ALTHOUGH I DID NOT SEE HIM ATTACHING THE NEEDLE TO THE SYRINGE,THE CAP WAS THERE ON THE...
Ryan M. Kull, C.S.W

Response from Ryan M. Kull, C.S.W

Columbia University's Health & Related Services
HIV is not transmitted to patients in healthcare settings (unless you were having unprotected sex with your doctor). There is no evidence that people get infected when giving blood, since labs are required to follow appropriate infection control... Read more »
Connect With Others

needlestick injury (medical worker)

Posted by frankie78, 1 Reply
I know my risk is extremely low, but the more reassurance I get, the better I feel. I work for a medical device reprocessing company and we collect single used devices from the operating room. I was picking up a container one day and a syringe (that... Read more »

Possible Needlestick Injury

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
Hi,

About 9-10 weeks ago I had a possible needlestick exposure. 6 weeks later I began experiencing unexplainable symptoms - I understand this is a little late for symptoms to show.

It's another 3-4 weeks before I can conclusively test so I am hoping... Read more »

needlestick question

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
Do persons infected via needlestick take longer to seroconvert than persons infected in other ways? Also, do IV drug users take longer to seroconvert because they are drug users or because of the way in which they were infected? Does the 13 week... Read more »

needlesticked

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
Dr. Frascino himself has AIDS. In 1991 he was working at his own practice as an HIV specialist and was infected while treating a patient. The patient jerked during a procedure, and the laceration stick Frascino was holding penetrated his glove and... Read more »