Poked by someone elses used lancet

By Turtle Latest Reply 2015-01-23 10:33:52 -0600
Started 2009-12-13 10:53:34 -0600

It was an accident. People here just throw their used lancets on the counter…not me but some others. I accidently put the side of my hand down on one last week. I told the head nurse. She did not seem too worried but it bothers me. I mean what if it was dirty blood on it? What should I do? Put in a call to my dr.?


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Annie7979 2015-01-23 10:33:52 -0600 Report

Hey Turtle,

We used sharps convenience canisters that both my partner and I attain from http://www.biomedicalwastesolutions.com.

This business also features a pre paid service where by My partner and i buy the container and it also happens using a field.

When the container will be whole, my husband and I place it within the field as well as postal mail the idea back to all of them where by it can be properly damaged.

It's likely you have the place where your home is look into something similar to this particular.

imsuzie2 2009-12-22 05:39:57 -0600 Report

Turtle, If it were me, I would not only report this to the head nurse, but I would be tested for Hep A, B, and C and Aids, and repeat the tests per your docs advice. My bro-in-law was scratched by a Hep C patient when a working RN in CCU post-op, and he contracted Hep C. ^ or so years later, and a liver transplant later (all from that contact) he is now Hep C free, but his life is not as he had previously lived it!!
And, if I was living in an unsafe facility, I would tell my social worker and the health department. The facility is responsible to make it a safe place for all residents!!!

Please be careful. Hugs

Turtle 2009-12-22 21:38:58 -0600 Report

You are right. I plan to talk with the nurse tomorrow. I was going to do it today but I slept most of the day.
I may need to ask the dr for an order for the tests to be done.

salmanda 2009-12-23 06:19:49 -0600 Report

If the nurse should tell you not to worry again, perhaps you might consider talking to your doctor and/or the administration at the place you are living.
Sal :)

Elrond 2009-12-22 04:59:58 -0600 Report

I use sharps disposal containers I obtain from http://www.sharpsdisposal.com The state where I live allows disposal in the trash but I just hate to do that. This company has a prepaid service where I purchase the container and it arrives with a box. When the container is full, I put it in the box and mail it back to them where it is safely destroyed. The first time, I purchased a two-pack and now when I fill one, I send it off, open the next, and order another. It's not cheap but I'm sure nobody is endangered by my used sharps.You might have the place where you live look into something like this.

salmanda 2009-12-22 06:19:30 -0600 Report

Thank you Elrond. I have always wondered what to do with my sharps containers. I can't seem to find an answer for my state. I will look into the mail back containers for my next one.
Sal :)

Vicrgreen 2010-02-21 22:56:28 -0600 Report

I take my filled sharps containers to my doctor's office. He disposes of them along with the ones from his office use.

Turtle 2009-12-22 00:16:32 -0600 Report

Thank you everyone. You have helped me. I am going to talk to the head nurse tomorrow. I just got back from being gone for a wee. So I will deal with this.

Susie624 2009-12-14 03:20:01 -0600 Report

Yes Turtle,Do tell your doctor, better safe than sorry.There is so many things that can be transmitted by blood.

PAT L 2009-12-13 11:37:52 -0600 Report

Used lancets should be but into a red contamiated safety box so you dont get stuck, Used lancets can transfer aids or hip a-b-or c from just getting stuck by a used lancet if the person that last used it had any of the above. So be careful an stay clear of them…

salmanda 2009-12-13 11:18:12 -0600 Report

Hi Turtle,
I am not sure if the nurse is right about that, but for your peace of mind you might want to call your doctor.
I would speak to the head nurse about trying to control the situation with the lancets laying around though! That shouldn't be happening.

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