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Needle stick at work, 24 weeks pregnant

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by csj50 csj50 (Member)

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Hi everyone,

I pricked my thumb somehow after administering insulin trying to put the safety cap back on.  The pt came back neg for HIV, hepB and C.  She was positive on admission for group A Strep.  Should I be worried?

thanks!

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Probably not but best to follow up with your OB. 

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VivaLasViejas has 20 years experience as a ASN, RN and works as a Retired/Disabled Nurse and Blogger.

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Why were you trying to recap the needle? This is a big no-no.

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traumaRUs has 27 years experience as a MSN, APRN and works as a Asst Community Manager @ allnurses.

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Check in with your employers employee health - best wishes

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14 minutes ago, VivaLasViejas said:

Why were you trying to recap the needle? This is a big no-no.

Wasn’t trying to recap, was trying to slide the safety lock that is on needles after you administer

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VivaLasViejas has 20 years experience as a ASN, RN and works as a Retired/Disabled Nurse and Blogger.

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28 minutes ago, csj50 said:

 

I pricked my thumb somehow after administering insulin trying to put the safety cap back on.  

Sorry, I misunderstood because of the wording. Thanks for clarifying.

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You will be ok. I was stuck many times before needle-less systems were invented (somehow needles always seemed to end up in linen) and once while sliding the guard up on an insulin syringe after the systems were in place. I also was splashed in the face and inhaled documented hepatitis C positive blood and did not sero-convert. It is always scary but it sounds like there is almost zero chance of exposure to even something currently unknown in the blood supply. Just try to put it out of your mind and know that both you and your baby are ok!

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Tell your OB and if at all unsatisfied ask for a referral to a perinatologist or an ID doctor.  Make sure you get your follow up labs, I know HIV used to be up to 6 months I think, not sure what it is now.  Your OB may want additional labwork.  Good luck, please let us know how it turns out.

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Pixie.RN has 18 years experience as a MSN, RN, EMT-P and works as a ED/Trauma, Educator, IP/Nurse Epidemiologist.

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Closing this thread as the member has received excellent information and we cannot provide medical advice. 

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