Has anyone had a near or actual exposure to body fluid? By needlestick or splash?
I'm working my way through school and I had a low risk exposure. I was giving a bedbath to a known AIDS patient (unbeknownst to me because I never worked with the patient before and the person rang before report) and the patient was covered with diarrhea and the polluted water splashed up in my eye. I ripped off my glove and began flushing the eye. Then I exited the wing (Any one with an respiratory/contagious diseases are placed in an isolation wing which has negative air pressure and that is where I was assigned). Anyhow I went to the ED, filled out the reports, got checked, had eye my eyeflushed again with saline, and was placed on antivirals for 4 weeks.
This has effected me a bit. I am a nursing student. I have a passion for nursing but I dont want to die taking care of people. I'm not scared to go back on the wing because I'd rather know what someone has than not know but i just dont want to keep second guessing myself or cause myself more risk because I'm scared of contracting something. The ED nurses tell me that it is usually to have something like this happen about once every 4 years or so. Now my husband and I have to have protected sex for 6 months and I have to be tested for HIV in 3 months and then 6 months. I wanted a little support or encouraging words or some good advice or just to know I'm not the only one.