Infected Needlestick - page 5

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... Read More

  1. by   Esme12
    Quote from 2blessedRN29
    Hi Guys! as you can see I had to tweak my username because I could not get back in with my previous name! I just wanted to update you guys and let you know that at my 6 weeks appointment I was Hep C and HIV negative Whoohoo!! and at my 3 month appointment I was HIV negative!! I thank God for His tender mercies and I thank all of you guys for your prayers and kind words! Of course I still have a 6 month and 9 month appointment but I know God will see me through that as well! Thanks again guys and provided I dont get locked out for eternity again I will keep you updated!
    I am so happy for you!!!!!!
  2. by   SwansonRN
    Had my first needlestick injury in March. Talk about a miserable, embarrassing, and terrifying situation. Mine happened around midnight on a night shift with a heparin needle in the belly as well...right into my thumb under the nail. I had to go down to the ED. They gave me kaletra, truvada, 8 of zofran, and on I went with my shift when all I really wanted to do was go home and never come back. It wasn't even time for me to take my second dose of meds before the patients test results came back negative. The hospital called me and told me to bring back the antiretrovirals because they're expensive. I'm so happy for you that you found some piece of mind!
  3. by   megank5183
    I am so sorry this happened to you. This is every nurse's worse nightmare. I cannot imagine the anxiety you are going through. This happened to a coworker of mine (TWICE!) and everything turned out fine. If I remember correctly, the patient had progressed to AIDS and had quite a high viral load. I will keep you in my thoughts. Easier said than done, but please don't freak out. If, god forbid, you did seroconvert, HIV is no longer the killer it once was. With proper treatment it can be managed like any other chronic disease. HIV is also rather difficult to contract. Super hugs, friend. Keep us posted and I will definitely keep you in my thoughts. Don't be hard on yourself and realize, when that panic starts rearing it's head, that you will probably be absolutely fine
  4. by   megank5183
    Just read your update, lol. I'm so happy for you! Things like these change your perspective on life.....
  5. by   CloudySue
    Thanks to the doctors, nurses, and all the scientists who do research for the preventative meds and treatments for bloodborne illnesses. I do get peeved when people forget to give these people props when they're giving God all the credit.
  6. by   xoemmylouox
    Quote from CloudySue
    Thanks to the doctors, nurses, and all the scientists who do research for the preventative meds and treatments for bloodborne illnesses. I do get peeved when people forget to give these people props when they're giving God all the credit.
    Thank you.
  7. by   CaitlynRNBSN
    Last year i was called into a patient's room by physical therapy. The patient got their IV caught on the bed railing and it ripped out. It was bleeding pretty bad for an IV getting pulled out. I immediatley through on some gloves, got some gauze and held pressure for a few minutes. Needless to say it kept bleeding, ALOT. Through all of this, i somehow got blood on an wound on my hand. (i had a deep, healing cut on the top of my left hand at the time). I still have no clue how the patient's blood got ontop of my hand when i wore gloves. Perhaps i bumped something that the blood touched? I told my charge nurse what happened, and she sent me down to the emergency room right away. I didn't that that was necessary but they drew some labs, to make sure i didn't have HIV or Hep C currently. Then they drew some labs on the patient as it was unknown if he had HIV or HepC. Nothing said he did, but you never know.

    I was not started on any medications because the Doctor in the ER told me that even if the patient did have HIV or Hep C. My risk of contracting it through what happened was like 1 in 30,000. I would think a needlestick would be a little more than that...but you get the idea. It's rare, but CAN happen. Sounds like everything is being taken care of properly.
    (Oh, and its been a year i've been tested and i don't have HIV or Hep C). Patient also tested Negative.
  8. by   anon456
    I am so glad you were negative for everything!! I can't imagine your worry through all of this. I just had an exposure of blood in my eye, but the patient tested negative, so I am not as concerned. HUGS to you, and all of us nurses who take our lives into our hands every day.
  9. by   Horseshoe
    Quote from bradleau
    I wonder about other issues of needle sticks. One nurse got stuck in the thumb after giving an IM shot to a patient that had stomach cancer. ( His brother had recently died from stomach cancer as well) The needle went deep into her thumb , when she attempted to dispose of it in the sharps container. Now 10 years later, she has stomach cancer. No cancer of any type in her family history. So I wonder if this CA was not transfered to her thru the dirty needle. Over the years since the needle stick, labs for Hep A,B,C and HIV have been negative. Just curious if this could happen.
    No. It was a very sad coincidence.
  10. by   Clovery
    So happy for the good news, OP!

    As a new nurse, I'm trying to be extra cognizant around needles. Stories like this are good reminders that you can never be too careful. I'd be a nervous wreck the whole time, waiting for my results.

    My aunt is a police officer and she was doing an undercover drug buy in a bad neighborhood in the city. When she was in the drug dealer's house, he told her to sit on the couch and wait. When she sat, she got jabbed by a needle that was in between the couch cushions. She had to pull it out and act like nothing happened for nearly an hour, in order to get the drugs and not blow her cover. She got the prophylactic treatments for a year and was cleared after that. I can't imagine how scared she must have been and how hard it was not to freak and just run out of there for the ER.