Hello everyone, I'm a second-year RN student in an ADN program, so this is my last semester. We just started clinicals again and last night I gave an insulin shot to a +HepC pt, was wearing gloves, *forgot* to push the safety up to cover the needle, walked over to the sharps box, went to drop it in, and it stuck to my glove somehow
so that when I went to let go, the needle flew out to the side and stupid stupid me
my left hand reflexively went up and of course, got stuck.
This was probably only my 3rd insulin shot I've given, my instructor was not in the room, and honestly I was nervous about this pt anyway because he was a cranky guy who obviously did not like being cared for by a student. I told my instructor right away, went down to the ER and got tested. The pt agreed to a HIV test, but the results aren't back yet. I feel badly that this guy might have this on his conscience, and
I am sick over this. Absolutely sick. I have a wonderful husband and 3 gorgeous children; firstly I am scared to death that I contracted anything, but also I am sick with the thought that I may give something to my family.
Please, anyone, any help, kind words, or advice will be appreciated.
thank you so much.