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November 2004, Volume 34 Number 11 , p 10 - 10 [FREE]

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  • SUE PARINI RN, CIC, BS, MA

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© 2004 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc. Volume 34(11)             November 2004             p 10 Sharps points [LETTERS]

PARINI, SUE RN, CIC, BS, MA

National City, Calif

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I'd like to add a few points to “Bloodborne Pathogen Exposure” ( Action Stat , September 2004). The scenario involved a nurse injured by a self-contained needle/syringe after using it to administer a vaccine.

* The very first priority after a needle-stick injury is first aid.

* Rather than disposing of the sharp, I'd recommend sequestering it because ...

 

I'd like to add a few points to "Bloodborne Pathogen Exposure" (Action Stat, September 2004). The scenario involved a nurse injured by a self-contained needle/syringe after using it to administer a vaccine.

 

* The very first priority after a needle-stick injury is first aid.

 

* Rather than disposing of the sharp, I'd recommend sequestering it because it didn't self-contain. It could be a single faulty device, or the entire lot it came from could be faulty.

 

* If the nurse's titer to hepatitis B virus is low, he should receive hepatitis B immunoglobulin.

 

* According to the most recent bloodborne pathogens standard, employees must be asked for their recommendations for preventing similar situations.

 

 

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I'd like to add a few points to "Bloodborne Pathogen Exposure" (Action Stat, September 2004). The scenario involved a nurse injured by a self-contained needle/syringe after using it to administer a vaccine.

* The very first priority after a needle-stick injury is first aid.

* Rather than disposing of the sharp, I'd recommend sequestering it because it didn't self-contain. It could be a single faulty device, or the entire lot it came from could be faulty.

* If the nurse's titer to hepatitis B virus is low, he should receive hepatitis B immunoglobulin.

* According to the most recent bloodborne pathogens standard, employees must be asked for their recommendations for preventing similar situations.

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