Originally posted by memory:
After 2 1/2 years in the physician's office where I work, yesterday I "got" my first needlestick after drawing a patient's blood... Her lab is pending still...Luckily she was an older, "church"-lady, but still I am so frustrated at my carelessness.. It could have been a "high-risk" patient... and still with this "nice"lady, you never know...Anyone understand.???
I stuck myself in '86, carelessly--left the needleholder w/ needle still attached standing upright on the counter. This was in the days when we were still learning about things,
and me, having NEVER had a needlestick in Chicago or NYC, coming to a small town in the South to one of the few places that (at the time) would treat persons w/HIV. The person was not infected and the only blood tr he'd had was an autologous
donation for elective surgery. I still sweated.
I assume the source patient and you had blood drawn for HIV? Liver function? Hep B/C? You are current with your HBV and tetnus? Now, take a deep breath--in-and-out--and review what led up to the incident and take action so that it could not happen again.
We are all unique, but I can empathize (sp?) with what is going on. I am thinking of you.