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Needlestick injury from hiv+ pt

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have you been stuck with an hiv+ needle

  1. 1. have you been stuck with an hiv+ needle

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Hi all - My daughter is a new RN (

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Thank you for sharing,this might save someones life one day.It is really scary and many of us have been in her shoes.

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The pca should have been written up for improper disposal and endangering others and reported to CDC.

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I was stuck by a Hep C pt needlestick, so very much know the anxiety your daughter went through. That wait is stressful!

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The pca should have been written up for improper disposal and endangering others and reported to CDC.

Why does every incident have too be so punitive? Do you think that this PCA doesn't feel like absolute garbage about this and will ensure they never repeat the action? If they were cavalier about the incident that would be one thing .. but come on.

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Why does every incident have too be so punitive? Do you think that this PCA doesn't feel like absolute garbage about this and will ensure they never repeat the action? If they were cavalier about the incident that would be one thing .. but come on.

Agreed. Sounds like the PCA disposed of the needle properly, it just didn't go

all the way down into the sharps container. Container probably too full. Not

necessarily the PCA's fault.

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What really bothers me is that where I work a company comes in and they only change the sharps containers once a week. During the week the nurses are supposed to call housekeeping when the sharps container reaches the fill level which has a very large area for a safety zone. They never do it though and just pass the fill line and often sharps are spilling out! I use sharps containers all over the hospital and I see it everywhere. I call housekeeping then take 2 inch silk tape and seal it off since I can't stay and wait. I have learned to look at the fill line and peek into the drop hole to make sure nothing is sticking out. I bet that sharps was overfilled and the needle was poking out. You are being lazy if you see a sharps past the fill line and do not call for a change...no excuses..we are all busy!

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