Did you contract anything from a patient? - page 5

Silly question but I am just curious. I have never directly seen or heard of any healthcare workers I know contracting anything from a patient at work, and I am in frequent contact and air borne... Read More

  1. by   HandmadeRN
    Scabies as a student nurse when I had a placement on a long term neuro rehab placement. Judging by this thread, seems like rehab is a popular place for scabies... It didn't present as classic scabies either as it didn't start on the back of my hands - so my handwashing was effective! Being bare below the elbows is what got me! :-)
  2. by   Crystal-Wings
    Nope. I do private duty with peds patients, and none of the kids I ever took care of had any illnesses or diseases that could be transferred to me.
  3. by   jodispamodi
    I got violently ill at work once and had to go to the ER in the middle of my shift. The ER doc was convinced I had caught something from a patient, I had no other sick contacts. I just know that was probably the sickest I've been in my life, and even now a few years later I still don't think my body ever fully recovered.
  4. by   KelRN215
    I did once catch strep throat from a patient. He was one of my patients when he was a visiting nurse and had been sitting in my lap/crawling all over me then his Mom told me he had strep. A few days later, I spiked a high fever and my throat was on fire. Of course, I'd recently returned from Thailand so my first assumption was that I had malaria and I went straight to the travel clinic. Turned out to be good old strep.
  5. by   Kitiger
    I got ringworm from a home care client. He was diagnosed with eczema - his mom & sister had it too. The doc pointed out that eczema can run in the family.

    Then I got it, and went to my own doc who diagnosed ringworm and started me on treatment.

    Then everyone got treated.
  6. by   perfectbluebuildings
    My first RSV season as a nurse... YES, definitely!!!! Having a kid's snot fly into your face (more specifically nose, mouth, even eyes) will do that Then after about a year, I developed the pediatric nurse immune system of STONE, and it's a gift I still treasure
  7. by   Camino77
    When I was pregnant I had a dirty needle stick (shallow insulin needle) from a drug addict whose HIV/HEPC status was unknown. He turned out to be clean but that was terrifying.

    Also I once had a sick patient suddenly turn to me and vomit all down my arms and hands while I was helping her off a stretcher. I was out sick for a week with some sorta stomach bug.

    Those are my only two fun stories.
  8. by   TruvyNurse
    I got cut by a bloody arterial line that some idiot left hanging out of a sharps box on our crash cart. I luckily came back negative of everything.
  9. by   evastone
    Hmmm, let me see...

    Needle stick while I was pregnant, bloody urine (clots and all) splashed all over my clothes- also during that pregnancy, exposed to lice, flu exposure (no mask donned) several times during every shift this year...Never caught anything that I know of from a patient.

    I did, however, catch Coxsackie from my child. Good times.
  10. by   Daisy Joyce
    I can't trace anything to one particular patient, but my first year of clinical, and then my first year working, I was repeatedly sick with fevers, vomiting, URI, whatever.

    Then my first nursing home job I had a low-level, nonfebrile, stuffy nose/scratchy throat combo for about three weeks, them a few years later changed to another LTC and the same thing happened (maybe I was building immunity to the ambient "normal flora" of those facilities?)

    Now I do LTC and school nursing and agency for the last few years and for some reason I started out fine, but this past year I've been repeatedly sick again ...
  11. by   Miiki
    When I worked in the ER, I caught a cold from a sick little girl I held and played with.

    It was worth it.
  12. by   prmenrs
    Does a really bad attitude and a sarcastic sense of humor count?
  13. by   Horseshoe
    I have been DIRECTLY exposed to strep at least 20 times. My sister got strep practically every other month. My kids had it numerous times. I've drank after an infected family member or friend (before I knew they had it), kissed my kids or DH the evening before they experienced morning symptoms, been in the line of fire of coughs and sneezes from infected persons, etc., and I have never had it. I don't understand how I've managed to avoid it after so many exposures.

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