Infected Needlestick - page 2

Hi guys, I didn't know exactly where to turn to so I'm posting to help gain some personal insight and to calm my nerves. Yesterday morning around 6 am I was giving a SQ heparin shot in a patient's belly. The patient was... Read More

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    It is really rare to seroconvert. Really rare, about 0.01% chance from a known positive source. The cocktail you are on is the standard PEP (post-exposure prophylaxis) dose but usually the treatment is for 28 days. Ask for a referral to an ID specialist.

    And breathe. It will most likely be ok.

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    Prayers and love to you.
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    Been there. It's not fun. But you're going to be fine. I agree, ask for a referral. PM me if you like.
    Prayers for you.
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    I will pray for you and trust that God will make things work together for your good.

    I will not be doing injections for a while because I just started Nursing School, but when I do I want to prevent this. When working with a patient suspected to be HIV or hepatitis or some undesirable-positive, would it be proper to inform them to be very still? I think that the patient should have known he was getting stuck so he shouldn't have moved, but maybe they just need a reminder. If anyone has been there, done that, please respond!
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    I will certainly keep you in my prayers.

    It is very, very rare to contract anything from one stick though. I've looked up stats regarding this after my own stick.
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    Yes breathe and stay off the Internet!! ( meaning google). You'll only freak yourself out. I am praying for you. I think if I were in your situation it would comfort me to know that No matter what the results you can't do anything about it. What's done is done, so you must Breathe, put one foot in front of the other and lean on your friends and family now. Also, the chances of you getting anything are extremely low as others have said.

    I can't imagine what you're going through, and although I don't know you my thoughts and prayers are with you. (Hugs)

    "No day but today"
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    Quote from jbumgardner4
    I will pray for you and trust that God will make things work together for your good.

    I will not be doing injections for a while because I just started Nursing School, but when I do I want to prevent this. When working with a patient suspected to be HIV or hepatitis or some undesirable-positive, would it be proper to inform them to be very still? I think that the patient should have known he was getting stuck so he shouldn't have moved, but maybe they just need a reminder. If anyone has been there, done that, please respond!
    NO.....you can't discriminate. You treat everyone ad infectious .....that is what universal precautions is all about.....needle sticks happen, unfortunately.

    The big thing is to report immediately...there is no shame in getting tuck.

    OP....RELAX and I agree with YouwishiwasyourCNA stay off the internet......DON"T GOOGLE....it will only freak you out! Actual conversion rates are very small.

    ((HUGS)) I'm sending positive thoughts and prayers.
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    I wish that hadn't happened to you but thank you so much for your prayers it's a horrible thing to happen!
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    That previous post was to squatmunkie_RN I am sorry that happened to you. But thank you all for your prayers it really means a lot to me I didn't realize it was so much encouragement on here! Lol. I will definitely try to stay off the Internet because it isn't helping and I will ask about extending my meds 2 weeks. You guys have made me feel better and I know prayer changes things for the good! I will keep you posted! And jbumgardner4 I agree with Esme12 we have to treat everyone like their infected and make sure they are as still as possible because you never know who is infected! Thanks again guys!!
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    I got stuck the same way, using a subq needle on a really thin person. It went thru his skin and stuck me in the finger. I couldn't believe it!! He was clean but still he was homeless and I just knew he had something even tho his labs were clean. it was very terrifying at first.

    I turned to the Lord and prayed about it and what a difference it made. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.


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