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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   I accidentally pricked my finger when withdrawing insulin from a pt's insulin pen. I was wearing gloves and no blood was seen from site. Even though i didn't prick myself when withdrawing from pt, i still had to get tested as well as the pt. Pt came back hep c +. What are the chances of me contracting hep c
Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :   Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Did you immidietly wash your hands with spirit
Doctor :   The chances are very minimal though
User :   Washed hands with soap and water
Doctor :   The only issue being the needle of insulin pen is very tiny so will not result in bleeding after prick
Doctor :   But the considering the same the chances for transmission also remain very minimal
Doctor :   It could be less than 2% only
Doctor :   As there will be already exixting insulin dose in the pen so there are very minimal chances
Doctor :   And from now be cautious in handling injections
Doctor :   There is also another safe method
Doctor :   Use two gloves with infective patients with spirit used inbetween two gloves
Doctor :   This reduces the chance of spread to less than 0.5%
User :   Pt was just diagnosed from me being stuck. What is spirit
Doctor :   Obsolute alcohol
Doctor :   Did you follow?
User :   Does insulin pen retain moderate amount of blood in it after pt use it even tho there is a removable needle
Doctor :   No its rather very minimal just stains
User :   Yes I pretty much follow
Doctor :   Is there anything else i can help you?
User :   No Thanks
Doctor :   Thanks for consulting me
Doctor :   Bye for now
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