Nurses and exposure risk - page 3

by dizzyray822

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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


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    Have 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.
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    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?
    Wear eyeglasses...go to lenscrafters or anywhere like that and get no rx glasses....
    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...
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    I 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.
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    My one and only dirty needle stick was from an IM injection that I had given to a patient with stomach cancer. 15 years later, I am diagnosed with stomach cancer. Makes me wonder what else can be transmitted.
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    My guess is that we do, in fact, catch more things outside the hospital than inside. I have been doing clinical rounds for about a year now, and I have been sick all of twice (both times I caught it from my kids too).
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    I wrote this because of this thread:

    http://allnurses.com/general-article...es-825108.html
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    Stop worrying so much and just do what you are trained to do. We are taught from day one to protect ourselves. You know how to do that. Just do your job and be vigilant about safety and you will be fine.


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