Needle Stick on myself, Oops - page 2

The bad news: I stuck my self with a needle this week. Now for the good news, I just saved a bunch of money on my car insurance by not switching to Geico.:chuckle Actually, the good news is that... Read More

  1. by   Fun2, RN, BSN
    Quote from gilda
    Hi. everyone. I am so so so scared!!!! two days ago I had a needle stick while opening pen lancets after fingerstick 96 year old man who is on hemodyalysis. Is anybody had the same experience ? What are the chance to get Hep C or HIV. Please respond

    Hi and welcome to AllNurses.com, Gilda. Has this man been tested for HIV or HepC?

    Hopefully someone will come around to help. If not, you may want to post a new thread.
  2. by   Simba&NalasMom
    Gilda,

    So sorry hun. That must be scary indeed. I can't tell you what your chances are that you contracted anything, but the question in my mind is did you report it and follow your facility's protocol for needle sticks? There are some specifics steps that can be taken that can help prevent contracting certain diseases, but you need to act quickly. If you haven't spoken with a supervisor or infection control nurse (if your facility has one) I urge you to do so immediately.
  3. by   gilda
    thank you for responding. I reported right away. The patient HepC+. I am so scared. I can't sleep. eat or function. I also have nausea and upper quadrant discomfort. Can it be related to stress or be psycological. How soon the symptoms appear? I will be tested in 2 weeks for Hep C. But my symptoms killing me. Is anyone had these symptoms after two weeks of exposure? Please help ! Thanks
  4. by   jamieRN
    Gilda,
    I'm so sorry this has happened to you, and I really think what you're feeling right now is not symptoms of Hepatitis C (if you are even infected). Stress can make you feel bad, and it's probably just psychosomatic right now. The CDC says that the chance of getting infected from a needlestick from a Hep C+ person is 1.8%. Take a deep breath (I know it's hard) and just get tested as soon as possible. The statistics are in your favor.

    -Jamie
  5. by   Future_Nurse_Natalie
    :icon_hug: I'm sorry to hear that happened Gilda! Just know everyone is here for you and definetly pulling for you! Let us know what happens...

    As for needle sticks, a fellow student and I were admitting a new C-Sec baby he was trying to give her the Vit K shot and accidently stuck himself first. My instructor was of course not pleased but instead of being understanding she embarrassed him in front of all of us and the new daddy too. It's not like he was going to stick it into the baby after that or anything so I don't see why she had to react the way she did but I do understand the seriousness of it.
  6. by   AtlantaRN
    just slow down...thank GOD it wasn't a dirty needle

    linda
  7. by   Katnip
    Since I just went through that whole testing thing because I got a blood splash in my eyes ( I didn't do it to myself-it was a really freak accident) I can tell you the odds of sero-conversion:

    HIV-0.3%

    Hep C 10%

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