Run Time: 4 minutes
Author: Dr. Nicholas Hatch
- 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/