A 34-year-old female asked:
got a blood work and noticed that nurse touched the puncture site with unclean hands before drawing blood. can i get infection like sepsis, hep, hiv?
2 doctor answers
Dr. Erin Robertson answered
18 years experience General Practice
Yes, and no...: That's unacceptable. The last thing that should touch your alcohol-swabbed skin is a fresh glove. Yes, that bare finger had microbes on it that were introduced through the needle, putting you at risk for a viremia, fungemia or bacteremia which may but probably won't *lead* to symptomatic sepsis & shock. If your immune system is compromised by chemo, transplant/rheum meds, or HIV, tell your doctor.
Answered on Oct 23, 2017
Dr. Creighton Wright answered
55 years experience General Surgery
Bad technique: but low risk! The nurse/ tech drawing the blood would have to have the disease for you to have exposure to Hep, or HIV. Hopefully she prepped the area with alcohol or antiseptic. Hopefully she washed her hands! For years blood drawing was done without gloves. We have better, sharper, cleaner needles and usually better technique than you saw. Report to the doctor or hospital for process improvemen
Answered on Oct 31, 2014
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