Nurses and exposure risk - page 3
Hi. I am just wondering everyone's opinion on nurses and exposures to blood born pathogens. I'm a relatively new nurse and I wonder that with as much handling as I do with bodily fluids is there a chance that something could... Read More
- 2Apr 3, '13 by rita359Have worked in hospitals for 45 years now and have never picked anything up from patients. That was even before the advent of gloves for anything and everything. Obviously our immune system must take care of a lot of things we never even know about so, I say, if you have a decent immune system and don't have aids or something, RELAX.
- 1Apr 3, '13 by lkulmannQuote from dizzyray822Wear eyeglasses...go to lenscrafters or anywhere like that and get no rx glasses....Hi. I am just wondering everyone's opinion on nurses and exposures to blood born pathogens. I'm a relatively new nurse and I wonder that with as much handling as I do with bodily fluids is there a chance that something could splash in my eye in small (I'm mean really small) amounts and I might not know it and it lead to infection? All my life I've been pretty OCD and worried about "germs," and now that I'm a nurse I worry more with all the close patient contact I have each day. What are your thoughts?
Bring a change of clothes to work.
For the shoes, step on caviwipes or paper towels soaked with bleach.
I'm a germ conscious person too.
Oh cover full bedpans with a towel...
And for the microscopic stuff that just floats around, just stay healthy. Your body fights stuff like all the time...
- 0Apr 3, '13 by StormyskierI have been working in the operating room long before eye PPE gear was required, for 22 years as a scrub tech. I have had blood splashed into my eyes, been stabbed in emergencies by long #11 blades, and been stuck with numerous needles. I have always been tested followed up and never had anything come of it. Not to say it doesn't happen but converting to positive happens less than most think it does.
Now, I still protect myself and on some occasions things have happened but in lot less numbers due to PPE and use it.
- 0Apr 5, '13 by GrnTea, BSN, MSN, RNI wrote this because of this thread: