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Transmission By Needlestick Injury

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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 »

nurses aid with needlestick injury

Dear Dr.FrascinoMy injury occured on Feb.2 of this year. I work not in a hospital but in a hotel... Read more »

Risk of transmission with needlestick?

At the moment I am feeling uncertain and nervous with a lot of "what ifs". I had a... 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. 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 »
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 »
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 »
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Possible Needlestick Injury

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply

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 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 »

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 »

needle injurys

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
hi all, does anyone know if needle stick injurys take longer to seroconvert,and if so why,many thanks. Read more »