As I was obtaining an ABG, my patient flung their arm up into the air. And before I knew it, I felt a stab on my finger. I got stuck with a dirty needle.
I went to the ER and the doctor took it lightly and called it "minimal" and that it was just "nothing". I on the other hand, am stressed out a bit over this. And I was a bit upset at the MD taking it so lightly.
The chances of me getting Hep B or C is higher than HIV (which is approx 0.3%), but I am a worry-wart, and am worrying over this.
The doctor stated that since I did not get a "flash" in my ABG syringe (which has a small sized needle), that I was probably somewhere in the 3 layers of skin and/or in the capillaries. The doctor then stated that since I bleed well and milked the site well under warm water and then washed quickly with soap, that the risk was very "minimal" and did not recommend prophylaxis treatment. So I decided to get my blood drawn and tested, along with the patients if the patient consents, and to not take the prophylaxis treatment.
Did I make the right decision??
Please share your thoughts, and your stories if you have ever been stuck with a dirty needle.