I'm a little freaked out because I just got a nedle stick from a patient that has Hep C and he came in to the ED testing positive for almost every street drug I can think of. It was a sq shot so the likelehood of infection is less likely, but he also was pretty thin and I saw a small amount of blood on his arm when I pulled the needle out. In fact, he was so thin that it went through him into my thumb and back through him, so actually he has an exposure from me as well. And I'm also really freaked out because I declined to get the Hep vaccines at the beginning of school since I couldn't afford them, I could barely afford school at that point.
Right now, I am just rying to forget about it until monday when I get all the test results back. I just wish this hadn't happened on my last day of school. It really put a damper on my mood.
I think I need a piece of chocolate cake.
May 2, '07
hep c is more of a chronic condition and now that you've been exposed to it you need to be vigilant to the symptoms of it for many years to come. this is the same kind of hepatitis that naomi judd had.
since this occurred while you were in the performance of school activities and on the site of a healthcare facility your medical costs to cover any treatment for it should be covered by some type of school insurance or the facility's workers' comp insurance. in any case, keep copies of all the written documentation you have of the incident and your treatment in the event that anything related to this, god forbid, should happen 10 or 15 years down the road. i'm talking about keeping this documentation for as long as you would hold onto something like your birth certificate, which is forever. healthcare facilities are not obligated by law to keep their medical records longer than 5 to 10 years depending on your state law. that means it's up to you to keep copies of your medical records on this for any future problems should they arise. don't depend on the school or the facility to do this for you. you should read up on hep c as well:
- american liver foundation
do a search for hepatitis c on medline plus http://www.medlineplus.gov/
and you will get a return of many links to good information on the subject
don't want to alarm you, but we had a lab tech that got hep c from a needle stick. he was out of work for 6 months getting treatment and almost died. when he came back to work he looked like a ghost, but was grateful he had survived.
Last edit by Daytonite on May 2, '07