Podcast #83: Icky Needle Sticks

biohazard-warning-sign-s-0243Run Time: 4 minutes

Author: Dr. Nicholas Hatch

Educational Pearls:

  • Three main viruses that are concerning after having an accidental needle stick are HIV, hepatitis B, and hepatitis C.
  • Large bore needles and hollow needles with fresh blood are the highest common risk needle exposure.
  • Conversion rate of an exposure to a large bore needle with fresh HIV+ blood is 1/300. There is roughly a 1/90,000 chance of getting HIV from a random needle stick.
  • The order of likelihood of conversion from highest risk to lowest is: fresh blood, dried blood, semem, urine, saliva, and vomit. Bites also have a low risk of conversion.

Link to Podcast: http://medicalminute.madewithopinion.com/icky-needle-sticks/

References: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/PDF/rr/rr5011.pdf

http://journalofethics.ama-assn.org/2005/10/cprl1-0510.html 

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