I'm a new Nurse, that literally just got my license a coupe of days ago, and I just started working at a hospital a couple of weeks ago. Well i was working with a another nurse and we were attempting to start an IV on a patient. I couldn't start it and got no flash-back, so i took out the needle, when the patient started writhing in pain, from there im not really sure what happened, but i believe i nicked myself with the iv catheter needle when he started moving in pain. I felt a small poke but it was barely noticeable, it was only when i took my gloves of and looked at my did i really see anything. At first it didn't look like i drew blood, but i squeezed my finger and blood came out. I went to the bathroom and squeezed the heck out of my finger and scrubbed my hands. But heres my mistake, i didn't say anything at the time, i was so scared and felt so stupid, so i continued on. I got off and went home at the end of my shift and i just couldn't take it. I called my unit today and talked to the charge nurse about it, and they were pretty reassuring and said i just need to come back in when i was next scheduled to work and fill out an incident form, and that they would test the patient for hiv, hbv, hcv. As far as i know the patient had to history of hiv, hbv, or hcv. My charge nurse told me not to be worried and that it happens to everyone, but i'm freaking out. I just don't know what to do until i go back in to work in 2 days. How could i be so stupid?
Jul 16, '12
you probably are fine but I do understand your concern. I was stuck once, and the infection control nurse told me not to worry because the patient was in the low risk group. But what she did not know is that the patient was a retired phlebotomist who worked prior to all the safety regulations we have now, and during the HIV scare in the 80's. It has been more than 12 years so I think I am ok, but I do understand your concern. You might talk to your Infection Control nurse to find out an alternative to waiting on w/ends, etc. Perhaps the ER could have drawn your blood? Your facility may need to have a policy revision. NEVER wait to tell or get treatment.
Last edit by classicdame on Jul 16, '12
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