Needlestick injuries

Last Updated on by FRCEM Intermediate

high-risk needlestick injuries

  • Deep percutaneous injuries
  • Visible blood on injuring device
  • Hollow needle from source patient artery or vein
  • Large bore needle
  • Blood containing a high viral load of HBV, HCV or HIV
  • The presence of HBeAg in source
  • Higher volume of material

high-risk HIV if the source is unknown

  • people who inject drugs (PWID),
  • prisoner,
  • a commercial sex worker (CSW),
  • men who have sex with men (MSM),
  • born in an endemic country,
  • a sexual partner with a risk factor

 

blood test

  • Source unknown status: HBV-HBsAg, HCV-anti-HCV and HIV Ag/Ab
  • Recipient: HBsAg,anti-HBc, anti-HCV and HIV Ag/Ab

 

Read: http://www.hpsc.ie/a-z/EMIToolkit/appendices/app3.pdf

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