What are the chances of being infected onthe job?

  1. What are the chances of a nurse contracting diseases like Hep C / HIV while on the job around people with blood-borne illnesses?
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  3. by   mamamerlee
    Obviously, this has happened. But it is extremely rare in these days of universal precautions, and needle-less IV systems. Considering that there are millions of opportunities during patient contact, with appropriate care, this should not be an undue cause for concern.
  4. by   tewdles
    Agreed, careful attention to universal precautions will result in practice habits which protect you daily.
  5. by   crazy~student
    I'm in nursing school and am allergic to an ingredient in the Hep B shots and cannot get them, so I had to sign a waiver. I follow all universal precautions to the T, even if it's overkill sometimes. I know I am not alone in not having the shots, but it is always better to be safe.
  6. by   Crystal112
    I would have done the same thing if I had allergies.