As I was disconnecting a patients IV, the NS from the IV line splashed into my eye (I forgot to clamp the line). I flushed my eye out with NS but did NOT report to employee health because it was just the fluid that got into my eye and not any blood/body fluids. I guess I'm just looking for some reassurance into what I did. Was this a bad move? Should I report this to employee health asap? Should I be worried that I caught something? The patient is HIV negative, Hep C negative. What are the chances that there was any kind of pathogen in the fluids? Any kind of feedback would be appreciated.
Jan 7, '13
Calm down, inhaaaaalllllleeeee, exhaaaallllllleeeeeee.
Now re-read your account of what happened. Does it now seem like you should be concerned?
Jan 8, '13
First of all you should report all exposures to your supervisor. That is just the safe thing to do.
Here is the CDC website about exposures. CDC - Bloodborne Infectious Diseases - Emergency Needlestick Information - NIOSH Workplace Safety and Health Topic
We cannot offer medical advice . Personally, I would check with your PCP or occupational health just to be safe.
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I wish you the best.,....thread closed