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Accidental contaminated needle prick, Chemoprophylaxis - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   I work at a XXX and i was giving the person insulin, when i went to recap the needle (which was a no no to begin with) It poked me. I bled a lot, surprisingly alot. I kept my cool and the person didnt see it. I ran to the bathroom and washed the area and covered it with a band aid. There person doesnt have hepatitus or HIV. I know that doesnt matter. Here is more info" The needle is a small needle for subcutaneous injection (looks like a tb needle). THE AREA i was pricked was my first finger, it is not bruised or discolored but a little sore. Please help
Doctor :   Hi
User :   Hello thank you
User :   What is your name?
Doctor :   I am DrXXX
User :   Ok. Did you read my info?
Doctor :   Let me read it
Doctor :   Yes
Doctor :   May I know your age?
User :   25 years old
Doctor :   Have you had a similar experience of prolonged bleeding before?
User :   No.
Doctor :   How long did you bleed?
User :   Am I going to have Hepatitus or something?
User :   It bled for like 5 minutes then stopped
User :   Its fine now
Doctor :   You will get Hepatitis only if the person who received the injection has hepatitis
User :   Ok. I dont think he has hepatitis, i have his file and it doesnt say he does
Doctor :   Hepatitis B does spread this way
User :   Oh, what if im vaccinated?
User :   what are the risks?
Doctor :   Then there is no chance of you acquiring it, if you do acquire
User :   Can i get rid of Hep B?
Doctor :   then we call that a vaccination failure
Doctor :   & this seldom happens
User :   What if i get the vaccination now?
Doctor :   Hep B is a chronic disorder, the virus tends to
Doctor :   stay in the body forever
User :   yikes!
Doctor :   it may or may not cause disease
User :   So i might have it
Doctor :   If the purpose of you getting vaccinated is to prevent infection due to the prick
Doctor :   then you are wrong
User :   So theres really nothing i can do
Doctor :   Any vaccine that you will take henceforth will only prevent
Doctor :   infections from future exposures
Doctor :   If you were sure that that person has a particular disease then you can approach a Doctor
Doctor :   for Chemoprophylaxis
User :   Im sure he doesnt have anything ? chenoprophlaxis? what is that
User :   *chemo
Doctor :   Yes they dont have effective Chemoprophylaxis
User :   Should I tell my boss what happened?
Doctor :   Yes
User :   damn it.
User :   Do i need to get tested for this?
Doctor :   You can take a single dose of HBIG, this is usually given within 24hours of exposure
User :   Where do i get this?
User :   I have no health insurance
Doctor :   to known Hepatitis suffering blood
Doctor :   Contact your Doctor for this
User :   I dont have a doctor
Doctor :   Also you can take the regular vaccination at a separate date
User :   oh ok, but that still isnt gonna take the hep away? What is the percentage that i will have hep?
Doctor :   Very less chance
User :   Hep b?
Doctor :   yes, very less chances
User :   i wish you were my doctor.
User :   your very helpful
User :   *youre
Doctor :   Since you come under the risk group
Doctor :   You must take the Complete HepB vaccine
Doctor :   Is there any thing else I can help you with?
User :   I think my job offers it, the vaccine is a three series shot right?
User :   Yes that last question and that is it
User :   hello?
Doctor :   Yes
User :   is the hep b shot three series?
Doctor :   yes
User :   oh ok that is all i need to know
User :   thank you so much for this
User :   good bye
Doctor :   Please fill the feedback form say done when done.
User :   done
User :   ok
Doctor :   Thanks for consulting me. Bye for now. Please refer your friends to our service.
User :   ok i will :)
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