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If they were so worried, why didnt THEY get your bloodwork done etc. Why is it that it is on your nickle that you get tests done? Maybe take them the bill and have them pay it for not following protocol. I know you are worried because of your pregnancy not because of a bill, but they are more worried about the bill.
Exactly, if there is a policy "that wasn't being followed" why aren't they covering themselves by bending over backward?
Although, I believe at many nursing schools, you have to sign a waiver saying if you get injured in clinical, you have to use your own insurance to pay costs associated with it. Students are not considered employees and therefore are not covered under a hospitals employee health coverage in the same way paid employees are.
Also, our hospital, like many hospitals, has a very strict policy where employees must report all exposures i.e needle sticks, splashes to non intact skin or mucous membranes. If they do not and then contract hep c or hiv and try to pin it on the hospital, their requests for compensation are denied. It then seems that the hospital may have some leverage to call out "slander" if you then say that you "contracted it at work" if there is no report filed. I do believe that if you get exposed to intact skin, i.e. not a true exposure, they will still test you at your request, for free.
Our hospital is somewhat proud of the fact that no employees have contracted HIV in the line of duty. However, they don't come right out and say it but, employees have contracted hep c from exposures in the workplace. In addition, at least one surgeon has contracted hep c from needle sticks obtained while suturing up pts however, he never reported any exposures and apparently had many. So that isn't even considered "contracted at work", only "possibly contracted it at work". You must, must, must report your exposures.
Of the two needle sticks on my unit, from hep c/hiv positive pts (one stick had both), neither nurse has converted. One stick happened while the nurse was in a hurry (one of that nurses chronic characteristics) and the other because the safety device was not activated.
I agree with the previous poster, I bet you will be very careful in the future.
And yes, if I was worried, I would get tested but, understand that your risk in your situation is extremely low. And remember this.....
SO....WHAT IS THE RISK FOR GETTING HIV, HEP B, and C FROM A SHARPS INJURY IN THE WORKPLACE?
Transmission is affected by the length of the needle, depth of the inoculation and size of the inoculation (how deep and how much).
Just remember the rule of 3's:
- For Hepatitis B the risk is 30%.
- For Hepatitis C the risk is 3%.
- For HIV the risk is 0.3%.
In actuality, the recent CDC report says the chance of contracting hep c is 1.8% after a needle stick but I guess the rule of 3's is so much easier to remember