Got a needlestick - page 3

I got a needlestick after giving insulin to a patient yesterday. I did the protocol and went to our ER, had blood drawn, etc., as did the 'source patient'. I followed up today with the employee... Read More

  1. by   mcallice44
    If you didn't take PEP after the incident you can have a HIV DUo test done p24antigen and antibodies done at 28 days which is 99.8% accurate- Hep C is unfortunately 12 weeks, but a PCR or RNA taken at around 6-7 weeks would provide some reassurance if you are finding it tough. I know this cos its happening to me- you are not alone. I don't think I can ever go back to nursing, no matter what my results turn out to be, and yes, this is the worst time of my life too. Don't blame yourself, it was an accident, just like if you had been in your car and had a wreck, an accident. Thoughts and prayers, but I think the risk is very small, I hope that helps somewhat.
  2. by   azor
    I know,i 've not been there where you are but i know how it feels to be in stress.I pray that nothing we know nothing about will bring our health down.Hope all turns out well for you.
    Azor
  3. by   BinkieRN
    Quote from mcallice44
    If you didn't take PEP after the incident you can have a HIV DUo test done p24antigen and antibodies done at 28 days which is 99.8% accurate- Hep C is unfortunately 12 weeks, but a PCR or RNA taken at around 6-7 weeks would provide some reassurance if you are finding it tough. I know this cos its happening to me- you are not alone. I don't think I can ever go back to nursing, no matter what my results turn out to be, and yes, this is the worst time of my life too. Don't blame yourself, it was an accident, just like if you had been in your car and had a wreck, an accident. Thoughts and prayers, but I think the risk is very small, I hope that helps somewhat.

    Up to speed...the OP posted in April 07.

    I hope you go back to nursing. You can step out on the street today and get hit by a bus. Nothing in life is certain

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