Question: What Should You Do If You Get A Needle Stick Injury?

How long after a needlestick should you get tested?

You should be tested for HCV antibody and liver enzyme levels (alanine amino- transferase or ALT) as soon as possible after the exposure (baseline) and at 4-6 months after the exposure.

To check for infection earlier, you can be tested for the virus (HCV RNA) 4-6 weeks after the exposure..

What is the most common cause of needlestick injury?

The majority of needlestick injuries occur during the use of the device, and following use but prior to disposal. Common causes of injuries attributable to improper work practices include: • Passing sharps between health care workers. Transferring sharps to a different location. Recapping sharps.

What is a contaminated needle?

Needlestick injuries are wounds caused by needles that accidentally puncture the skin. Needlestick injuries are a hazard for people who work with hypodermic syringes and other needle equipment. These injuries can occur at any time when people use, disassemble, or dispose of needles.

What should you do if you get a needlestick injury?

What to do if you receive a sharps injuryEncourage the wound to gently bleed, ideally holding it under running water.Wash the wound using running water and plenty of soap.Don’t scrub the wound whilst you are washing it.Don’t suck the wound.Dry the wound and cover it with a waterproof plaster or dressing.More items…•

What happens if you get a needlestick injury?

Blood-borne diseases that could be transmitted by a needlestick injury include human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), hepatitis B (HBV) and hepatitis C (HCV). Thoroughly wash the wound with soap and water, and go to your doctor or nearest emergency department as soon as possible. The risk of disease transmission is low.

What are the chances of getting a disease from a needlestick?

Your chances of catching a disease from a single needle stick are usually very low. About 1 out of 300 health care workers accidentally stuck with a needle from someone with HIV get infected. But for hepatitis B, the odds can be as high as nearly 1 in 3 if the worker hasn’t been vaccinated for it.

How would you prevent needle stick injury?

Avoid using needles whenever safe and effective alternatives are available. Avoid recapping or bending needles that might be contaminated. Bring standard-labeled, leak-proof, puncture-resistant sharps containers to clients’ homes. Do not assume such containers will be available there.

What tests are done after a needlestick?

Laboratory studies in the source patient (if available) are as follows:HIV testing.Hepatitis B antigen.Hepatitis C antibody.Aspartate aminotransferase/alanine aminotransferase (AST/ALT) and alkaline phosphatase levels.

What to do if you get someone’s blood on you?

What should I do after contact with someone else’s blood or…wash the blood or saliva off your skin with soap and lots of running water.if your skin is broken, encourage the wound to bleed and rinse it thoroughly under running water – but don’t scrub or suck the wound.More items…