I work at a hospital and was contacted last week about an exposure at work from the occupational health department. After working this past weekend, I was disgusted to find out what happened.
As the story goes, an ICU patient was undergoing continuous dialysis. The machine evidently leaked waste and said waste somehow managed to drip down into the pizza oven and then end up on the pizza I ate. The hospital's initial communication seemed to be rather "nothing to see here", we've fixed it, and we're open for business again. This detail wasn't revealed to the entire hospital-just those determined to consume the pizza from the video/receipts from those using direct withdrawal from theirr checks to pay and showing those who purchased the pizza. As it tuns out, the patient was positive fo Hep C.
I'm an RN with just 1.5 years of expeience and know vitually nothing about dialysis. What exactly have I been exposed to from a biological or chemical perspective? I'm really put off by their attitude about this being no big deal, but it's a big enough deal I now need to go in and have blood draws done now, 30 days, 90 days, and 180 days. To top it off I'm transitioning to a new hospital and will no longer be working there a month fom now. I'm contemplating contacting an attorney to pursue damages. Am I overreacting? Granted, in this field, I'm subject to exposures and need to take precautions, but this is a situation that I had no chance of preventing.
Thanks for any advice you can give me.