Getting stuck - page 2
Hi, Also today at work when I was taking out someone's port needle, I ended up sticking myself. Not hard, but just a little poke, not any blood or anything. One of the nurses told me to fill out... Read More
Jun 1, '02Occupation: a just a nurse contemplating the nature of my career..... Joined: Oct '01; Posts: 2,344; Likes: 21knowing your status in this field................
very scarey......because our field deals with life that we all deal with...............
just micro 0.02 cents.........
micro and out
Jun 1, '02Joined: May '02; Posts: 479; Likes: 3The needle stick thing is what is so scary about nursing and totally contributes to the nurse shortage. When I talk to young people about nursing this is what keeps them away. Seems to me better syringes or something need to be developed. There has to be a way to stop this from happening.
Jun 1, '02Occupation: nurse consultant and writer: author of 'Dare to Be Free: How to Get Control of Your Time, Your Life, and Your Nursing Career' Joined: Aug '01; Posts: 499; Likes: 270I concur with the earlier poster: always report an incident (such as a stick). If someone in management suggests you not do so, ignore them.
Trouble is, the times a nurse is likely to get stuck are busy times already. The nurse is often rattled, gets stuck, and then feels guilty for taking the time to fill out the report. But do it anyway.
For you, Amy, it's too late to worry about it, so try not to do so. Maybe you made a mistake, but we all have our share of those. Keep your chin up.
Jim Huffman, RN
Jun 1, '02Occupation: RN Joined: Feb '01; Posts: 1,840; Likes: 218tonicareer is on to something, but I must say that these new "safety" syringes,angiocaths etc...can be MORE hazadous that the old way. Needless is the best way (for flushing and IVP's). I stuck myself twice with (thank god)clean "safety" syringe needles. They are ackwark,stick,and unpredictable in my opinion.
Jun 1, '02Occupation: RN Joined: Nov '99; Posts: 2,950; Likes: 619Yea needless is best. I look forward to star trec technolog where a sergon no longer cuts.
Jun 1, '02Occupation: Acute Rehab Nurse Joined: Apr '02; Posts: 311; Likes: 1FILL OUT THAT INCIDENT REPORT!!!!!!!!!!
OMG..if your a nurse, you KNOW that taking precautions is a MUST!! It is better to know for sure than to wonder the rest of your life, possibly allowing a potiential fatal germ run-a-muck in your wonderful nurse body....not to mention exposing all those other people you come in contact with....like your family!!
One of my friends, a former EMT, was helping to secure a wacked out patient....Doc was 'trying' to administer an injection to calm him....my friend was stuck in the arm....since then, he has endured a liver transplant, takes TONS of medication daily, has chronic Hep C, lost a lot of weight, tired all the time and can't work. lives on disability and is only 37!
Please sweetie, do the right think and get that incident report filled out, get tested and do it ASAP!!!
Jun 2, '02Occupation: R.N. Joined: May '01; Posts: 181; Likes: 3KAYCEE: I have a question, you said "since the blood was already drawn, we didn't need to get permission".... I presume to do the HIV testing? At our facility, HIV's are not drawn until the pt gives a signed consent, lab will not draw till the papers are done, also Doc has to order the test on the pt, no cost to the pt, of course, it is not an automatic order.
Also, I agree with the others, no matter how insignificant the stick may have been, get checked, for the documentation and your own safety and peace of mind.
Jun 2, '02Occupation: Patient Care Technician Joined: May '02; Posts: 15; Likes: 2I had an exposure two nights ago. I was giving a patient a bed bath when the water I was washing him with (which was full of diarrhea) splashed up and got me right in the eye. He was a known AIDS patient (unbeknownst to me because he rang to be cleaned up before report and no one bothered to mention it; else I would have donned goggles) but I flushed my eye and then had to go to the ER to be seen and since he was an AIDS patient with PCP/PNA and who knows what else they started me on the antivirals. They said it was a low risk but now I have to deal with the psychological thing. Has anybody had any pyschological effects after being exposed to a patient with a non-curable disease?
Jun 2, '02Joined: Mar '01; Posts: 1,898; Likes: 37Reabock,
When an employee has a needle stick and the known pt. can't give permission because of condition(this pt. was decreased level) or if the pt refuses, if there is blood already in the lab(from other tests) they can do HIV testing without the pt's permission. You can't draw blood from a pt for HIV testing without their permission, but if the lab's already got some and it's an employee needle stick you run it!!
Jun 2, '02Joined: Mar '02; Posts: 133; Likes: 3One of the reasons I chose the facility where I now work is that the nurse's union mandated a needless be implemented. I feel that is extremely important, why would a facility knowingly choose to endanger its staff? I say make sure to bring it up at your next contract negotiation. In the long run they found it to be less expensive as now they do not have to pay staff for lost time, expensive meds, testing, etc. from a needlestick. It is so much safer to do a needless IVP than have to stick a patient numerous times per day!
Jun 5, '02Specialty: 8 year(s) of experience in Oncology, Med-Surgical ; From: US ; Joined: Nov '99; Posts: 122; Likes: 1Hi everyone...
Thanks for all your posts. I just got back from a little getaway with my family in the sun, it was wonderful. And YES, before I left, I followed up the next day and called my manager and was told to go to Occ Health to get my blood drawn. At first, since the patient had been discharged there was this big thing because they said we'd have to call her back to give some blood. But then the lab said they had some extra blood of hers that they could use. They are going to test it for HIV and Hep C. They said that they would follow me for six mos. The doctor also prescribed an antibiotic for me but I don't think I'm going to get it filled. It's for Keflex. What about you guys? Ever had to take an antibiotic for a needle stick? I agree about the safety of our needles, but this was a Huber/portacath needle that I was discharging....
Thanks everyone for your concern!!!
Jun 5, '02Joined: Jun '02; Posts: 2Glad you got checked. Interesting P&P here. Where I work, the clients only get tested when a needlestick occurs. I don't ever remember staff getting checked. Thank god all of our clients have been negative. Wonder if this increases rate of reporting needle stick injuries? Just curious if this policy would have made you report at the time?
Jun 5, '02Occupation: RN Joined: Nov '99; Posts: 2,950; Likes: 619Originally posted by fets99
Glad you got checked. Interesting P&P here. Where I work, the clients only get tested when a needlestick occurs. I don't ever remember staff getting checked. Thank god all of our clients have been negative. Wonder if this increases rate of reporting needle stick injuries? Just curious if this policy would have made you report at the time?
If you are not tested right away and later test positive there is no way for you to prove that you got it from the needle stick. So, you likely would have trouble making a claim. So it is to you advantage to test right away.