I have been seriously considering going into nursing after taking a EMT class first. But to be honest now am starting to question if this would be the right decision on my part. I have been helping to take care of my grandmother who has recieved many blood transfusions in her lifetime. She is diabetic and as such I give her the insulin shots. I usually keep my eye on the needle at all times after I give the injections of insulin but I lost the cap on the needle, could not find it and as such tried wrapping it in a paper towel.
I took the needle bent it back on the barrel of the syringe and rewrapped it real good using tape. Later on I began to question if I was careful enough wrapping the syringe to ensure I was not stuck because I lost site of it and my fingers were in the area of the needle. So here are my questions.
1) Can you be stuck in the hand-fingers with a syringe and not know it? Would you usually always feel it and would there usually always be blood when stuck in the fingers?
2) On a needlestick injury does the skin have to be cut all the way to the point of bleeding to allow for transmission of HCV, HBV, HIV?
3) Even being careful, do most nurses get a needlestick injury at some point in their careers?