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 an incident report to be checked for hepatitis, etc. But my charge nurse said it was up to me. Another nurse told me she wouldn't bother. I'd have to go to ER, pee in a cup, have all the blood tests run on me and to tell you the truth I just didn't have the time today, I was so far behind. What are the chances that I could catch hepatitis from this patient or something else for that matter???
May 29, '02
It seems like a PIA but fill out the incident report. NEVER let someone cause you not to fill one out. Yea, it is up to you. However, a responsible charge nurse would have encouraged you to fill it out.
I have been through a needle stick. It was an extreemly bussy day and we were short staffed. You know what they survived while I went and got tested.
The testing was no big deal. If I came down with hepatitis or HIV that would have been a big deal. Hepatitis unlike HIV is VERY virulent. It doesn't take much of an exposure to infect. fill out the incident report, and go for testing. If not for you for your family.
Last edit by Agnus on May 29, '02