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I got pricked by needle used to flush IV line in a pt. Is my risk very high for hep b and hiv?So worried!

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Dr. Robert Killian
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In brief: NO BLOOD?

A flush in an IV line does not necessarily have any contact with blood, does it? Heparin flush is put in a sterile environment and the fluid is pushed into the patient not withdrawn from the patient.
But, regardless, all medical facilities should have a universal precautions protocol and your health nurse should be working with you to determine if you have any risk.

In brief: NO BLOOD?

A flush in an IV line does not necessarily have any contact with blood, does it? Heparin flush is put in a sterile environment and the fluid is pushed into the patient not withdrawn from the patient.
But, regardless, all medical facilities should have a universal precautions protocol and your health nurse should be working with you to determine if you have any risk.
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