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Body fluid in my eye. Help

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I work in an inner city hospital on a Telemetry/ ICU step down unit. I'm a new nurse and I've been there 7 months now. My patient is positive for HIV and Hepatitis C. My patient also has osteomyelitis and cellulitis and is on isolation contact precautions. I was not told the microorganism for which the patient is on contact precautions for. ( I tried looking through the doctor's notes and lab reports and I couldn't seem to find anything) 

Here is what happened. 

I was taking out the IV in the Right AC and the fluid that was in the catheter jumped up into my right eye. I didn't see blood in the catheter but it was in the vein regardless. I had to finish what I was doing and it occurred to me 10 or so minutes later that I should tell someone. My floor doesn't have an eye wash station so I went down to the Emergency Department to use theirs for about a minute. I have extremely sensitive eyes so it was painful. On my way back up to the unit I remembered the patient was positive for HIV  so my manager took me back down to the ED. a couple hours later after getting my CBC and CMP to test my liver function, I was given a regimen of PEP and took the first dose of pills. Truvada 200mg-300mg 1 tablet daily (3) and raltegravir 400mg (Isentress) 1 tablet twice daily (6) for three days. Then the nurse gave me two prescriptions. One for truvada 1 tab qday x28 pills and one for raltegravir 400 mg 1 tab BID x60 pills. 

I don't know if I am supposed to be on this medication for 3 days or 4 weeks. I am also concerned about whatever infection the patient had for the osteomyelitis that may have gone into my eye. 

What should I do?

 

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You should go to or call employee health. they will be able to assist you in answering your questions and your treatment.

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Please get the correct information from employee health and if there appears to be any remaining uncertainty whatsoever, consult the prescriber directly. Consult employee health for support and any question you may have throughout this process no matter how minor. It is literally their job to help you through this.

Take care ~

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CharleeFoxtrot has 7 years experience as a ADN, RN.

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^ what they said, call employee health and get the answers directly from the source. Best of luck.

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Silverdragon102 has 32 years experience as a BSN and specializes in Medical and general practice now LTC.

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As per the Terms of Service of the site we cannot offer medical advice. As mentioned previously please speak to your occupational healthcare professionals to get more accurate advice 

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