Needle prick!!!

  1. Hi all, I came to this site to ask for advice. I currently work as a caregiver, I help my client get his insulin so one day about 1 month ago I got a needle prick when he handed me his insulin shot given by himself! It poke me on the palm, exactly on the thenar eminence. I am currently in nursing school and I can't afford blood tests or health insurance. I was not wearing gloves because I didn't give it. I washed my hands with soap and water and squeezed for blood but almost nothing came out. I asked my client's wife about his most recent tests and she said he has no HIV or HCV. Any advice?
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  3. by   Rose_Queen
    It should have been reported per your employer's protocol when it happened. That's important to remember for the future- there are processes in place that can involve lab work and other things when a needle stick injury occurs.

    However, you need to be addressing this with your employer and/or your health care provider.
  4. by   Have Nurse
    Quote from Nurhope
    Hi all, I came to this site to ask for advice. I currently work as a caregiver, I help my client get his insulin so one day about 1 month ago I got a needle prick when he handed me his insulin shot given by himself! It poke me on the palm, exactly on the thenar eminence. I am currently in nursing school and I can't afford blood tests or health insurance. I was not wearing gloves because I didn't give it. I washed my hands with soap and water and squeezed for blood but almost nothing came out. I asked my client's wife about his most recent tests and she said he has no HIV or HCV. Any advice?
    You were on the job. You cannot and should not take anyone's word for it as far as blood diseases go. It's a work related injury so you wouldn't pay for the doctor visit or lab draws. Fill out an Employee Injury Report with your H.R. and get it handled!!!

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