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Doctor insights on: Reusing Needle

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Is it okay to reuse acupuncture needles for yourself?

Is it okay to reuse acupuncture needles for yourself?

No: Acupuncture needles are normally sterile, single use and disposable. If you reuse- they will not longer be sterile. ...Read more

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Could the lady that pulled my blood reused a needle? I got blood drawn and after I seen spots of blood in the needle holder. I'm scared.

Could the lady that pulled my blood reused a needle? I got blood drawn and after I seen spots of blood in the needle holder. I'm scared.

NO,they NEVER: Reuse a needle. The blood you saw was your own blood dripping backwards from vacuum in tube and when they remove it, suction may make blood flow back. ...Read more

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Are nurses allowed to have fake nails while drawing blood? She didn't wear gloves, are there any chances she also reused the needle. Very sketchy.

Are nurses allowed to have fake nails while drawing blood? She didn't wear gloves, are there any chances she also reused the needle. Very sketchy.

No issue, but...: All blood sticks should be carried out with gloves for mutual protection. Fake nails are not the issue. As far as needle reuse, this would be malpractice of the highest order. I would complain. I doubt the needle would be reused. That would be stupidity of the highest order! ...Read more

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What are the chances of infection from a reused possibly sterilized needle in medical facility?

What are the chances of infection from a reused possibly sterilized needle in medical facility?

How was the needle: Resterilized? Your risk of infection depends on how the needle was sterilized. You need to find out how the needle was sterilized and let us know. The risk can be better assessed that way. ...Read more

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Can you get HCV from reusing your own needles, even if you never used anyone elses? Or can you only get it from another infected person?

Can you get HCV from reusing your own needles, even if you never used anyone elses? Or can you only get it from another infected person?

Hepatitis : Hepatitis c is a viral infection that is primarily spread through body fluids. You can get it from any activity that exchanges body fluids, including tattooing and sexual intercourse. If you never--even once--use an IV needle that has been used by someone else, and if the drugs you are injecting have never--even once--been mixed in a syringe or elsewhere with drugs being used by someone else, then your IV drug use will not give you hepatitis c. Those a very big "ifs, " and one's over which you may not have full control. ...Read more

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Could it be that pathological a laboratory may accidentally reuse the disposable needle in india?

Could it be that pathological a laboratory may accidentally reuse the disposable needle in india?

Absolutely.: Disposable means just that — dispose after one-time use. So if they are re-using it, they are putting all patients and staff at risk for infection but also potentially breakage of the needle while in someone. ...Read more

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What to do if the nurse re-used the needle when I got tested for hiv, am i at risk?

What to do if the nurse re-used the needle when I got tested for hiv, am i at risk?

No such thing: First no needle was reused. Not anywhere in America. The needle holder yes, but not the needle. If you saw a nurse do this a crime was committed and the authorities should be informed. ...Read more

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What is the risk of exposure if at a clinical setting for stds? They use a reusable finger prick device. They replaced the needle in front of me.

What is the risk of exposure if at a clinical setting for stds? They use a reusable finger prick device. They replaced the needle in front of me.

No they do not use: We do not use reusable needle or lancets in usa anywhere, and that too in std clinic, it is not possible I can assure you it can not be true
and if is it needs to be reported to health dept of the city and state
but once again I do not believe it is happening in usa. ...Read more

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Reuse of anti rabies vaccine syringe causes HIV? Is vaccine small needle syringe is auto disable or reusable? If HIV how many days after HIV testing

Reuse of anti rabies vaccine syringe causes HIV? Is vaccine small needle syringe is auto disable or reusable? If HIV how many days after HIV testing

Disposable...: I can only speak for the vaccines in the USA; however, here all vaccines are given with disposable needles that are not reused. I'd imagine that in your country, that is also the case — or at least the needles are sterilized before being used again so that risk of transmission of blood borne illnesses is negligible. ...Read more

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Have irrational fear of HIV. Had a blood draw from butterfly fly needle tube in clinic. How to be sure if needles are not re used?

Have irrational fear of HIV. Had a blood draw from butterfly fly needle tube in clinic. How to be sure if needles are not re used?

Fear of HIV: Have irrational fear of HIV. Had a blood draw from butterfly fly needle tube in clinic. How to be sure if needles are not re used? ANS: This is not irrational fear in your part to the world or even in US. I would recommend you ask that they open the needle in front of you. Or buy your own (brand new) and ask them to use them. ...Read more

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Are IV needles really painful?

Are IV needles really painful?

Ask: For Lidocaine injection first with a tiny needle. That way you will not feel the bigger IV needle. ...Read more

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I'm scared of needles, can you help me?

I'm scared of needles, can you help me?

Since needles : Are a necessary part of life, working through would be important. Suggest you find a therapist in your area who does cognitive behavioral therapy. Take care. ...Read more

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How can I stop being afraid of needles?

Trypanophobia: Consider Cognitive Behavior, Behavioral Therapy, Psychotherapy, Exposure therapy or hypnosis. ...Read more

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How do you dispose of needles properly?

How do you dispose of needles properly?

Sharps container: Needles need to be placed into a sharps container. You can likely buy one at a surgical supply store. Or you can put them into a metal can like a coffee can, needle point down, cover them with the lid of the can and bring them to a pharmacy for disposal. ...Read more

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Really scared of needles. What can I do?

Calm down: Needles used by doctors and nurses are sometimes necessary to get blood testing or giving treatments. You must simply control your brain and your fears and accept the mild discomfort of the needle procedure. ...Read more

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How far does the needle go in during a lp?

How far does the needle go in during a lp?

It depends.: Any lumbar puncture the needle goes inside the spinal canal. Is usually done to obtain spinal fluid within the spinal canal. ...Read more

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How can I not be scared of getting a needle?

How can I not be scared of getting a needle?

Needle Phobia?: Do you have an intense or irrational fear of needles? If yes — consider Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Behavior Therapy, Psychotherapy, Exposure therapy or hypnosis. ...Read more

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How can I physically reduce pain of a needle?

How can I physically reduce pain of a needle?

Distraction: A good method is distraction we use it in people al the time. It can be simple like talking to the person, looking away thinking of something other than the needle and even better vibrating the tissue around the needle with the free hand. The patient starts to think of the vibrating tissue and before you know it the needle is in an out.
Good luck ...Read more

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What hurts worse? Lower or higher gauge needle?

Lower gauge: Lower gauge (lower number) needles are wider so generally these will cause more discomfort. ...Read more

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Incredibly afraid of needles/injection. Any advice?

Trypanophobia: Consider Cognitive Behavior, Behavioral Therapy, Psychotherapy, Exposure therapy or hypnosis. ...Read more

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Why would you get pins a needles all over your body?

Pins and Needles : I would definitely need more information to answer this. Are your sx occurring only after certain activities — such as straining on the toilet, heavy exercise, post eating? Or do they happen randomly and unpredictably? Are you dizzy or light-headed also? Rapid heart rate? These and other questions will be important for you to consider and answer when you seen your doctor to discuss the problem. ...Read more

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What other types of options because I am deathly afraid of needles?

For what?: Your questions does not say what you need treatment for. Ask again, and clarify, please. ...Read more

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Is it ok to use a 27gauge needle for the mixing part of the medicine?

Generally: But hopefully the medicine isn't irreplaceable. Some medicines are just too thick for a thin needle. ...Read more

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On & off pins & needle like pain down left side of body Why could this be?

On & off pins & needle like pain down left side of body Why could this be?

Neurologic: Hi. Lateralization suggests a neurologic rather than a toxic/metabolic etiology. I think seeing neurologist for a thorough evaluation would be indicated. Good luck! ...Read more

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I have a sensation of hundreds of needles prickingat my back. What could it be?

I have a sensation of hundreds of needles prickingat my back. What could it be?

Shingles?: You're not giving me much to go on. However, if it is on one side and I had to guess, I would guess early shingles. If you get a rash in the next day or two then that's what it is. ...Read more