Stuck with the HIV patient needle

  1. Interested in other nurses experience with HIV drugs after a stick with a contaminated HIV needle. Stuck last night, on the HIV drugs with minimal information on the side effects, risks, etc. Have you taken them? Would you do it again?
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  3. by   Genista
    Toots-My heart goes out to you! Though I am not in the same boat (knock on wood), I hope you will find this link helpful ( a nurse who has contracted HIV via needlestick)
    http://home.att.net/~lisa.rn/index.htm

    My thoughts and prayers are with you.
    ~Kona
  4. by   Toots
    Originally posted by kona2:
    Toots-My heart goes out to you! Though I am not in the same boat (knock on wood), I hope you will find this link helpful ( a nurse who has contracted HIV via needlestick)
    http://home.att.net/~lisa.rn/index.htm

    My thoughts and prayers are with you.
    ~Kona
    Thanks for the link - wound up with a very informative CDC publication on Exposure to Blood, What Health Care Workers Need to Know. Will be bringing it to my hospital on my follow-up and ask that it be given to every hhw who suffers a needlestick. Meanwhile these meds are making me SICK AS A DOG - but considering the alternative guess I will suffer. Thanks again.

  5. by   brejean
    Originally posted by Toots:
    Interested in other nurses experience with HIV drugs after a stick with a contaminated HIV needle. Stuck last night, on the HIV drugs with minimal information on the side effects, risks, etc. Have you taken them? Would you do it again?
    Toots, I have been there and done that, and yes would do it again. This past September was my year end. I was stuck with a needle from a HIV+Hep C inmate . I was started on DDI, Zerit and Viracept...15 pills a day and then some to counteract the side effects. Our dr. at the prison I work at is in contact with San Francisco alot and I had taken my first dose within 3o minutes of the stick. I knew the side effects, I do the HIV clinic there and educate the guys on the meds, but I also knew that I had just had a large bore needle that was directly from a HIV+ person's vein go thru a vein in the top of my hand. To me there were no other choices. Having survived a very long and emotional rollercoaster year, I want you to know that I am here if you need someone to talk to, talk at, yell and scream, cry to/with or just need the extra support. Brenda
  6. by   Nancy1
    Toots, I hope this incident will make your facility realize they need to be proactive. I was at the ANA convention this past week and there were 2 companies there with needles that are improved to prevent? at least reduce the risk of needle sticks. With the current technology this should not be happening. Good luck. NA

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