Mode Of Transmission Of Hepatitis B Through Intravenous Needles?
… I am a nurse student. The back of my hand was exposed to the IV fluid that was at the tip of the IV in the patient’s hand. Am I infected? thank you
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Hepatitis B is a serious infection in the liver caused by the hepatitis B virus or HBV. Basically the hepatitis B virus can be transmitted through body fluids such as blood, sperm, and vaginal fluid. Here's how to transmit hepatitis B virus infection.
Sexual contact, hepatitis B infection can be transmitted during risky sexual intercourse, for example changing partners and having sex without using protective equipment. Use the needle edit together with other people, for example using a syringe together or alternately with people with hepatitis B infection. Or for example installing a tattoo using a needle alternately and the needle has been used by people infected with hepatitis B. Transmission from mother to baby, mothers who are being pregnant can transmit the disease to her baby during labor. Accidental contact with syringes, for example health workers (paramedics) who often deal with human blood. So basically hepatitis B infection can be transmitted when the body fluids of sufferers such as sperm, vaginal fluid enter the body of another person. But it is your case if you have an intravenous drip, on your skin. The risk of transmission of infection is very small. Or if the infusion is not in direct contact with a hepatitis B sufferer, and if your hand has no lesions or lesions on which the germ enters, then you are most likely not to have contracted heptitis B. Therefore, you don't need to worry too much, this virus is not transmitted because it comes in contact with the skin.
However, if you believe that the drip is accompanied by the blood of the patient, and when you have a wound on the affected part of the hand it can be a risk, injury to the hand or microcysts can also be a route for virus entry. But these events are very rare, and the risk of contracting is also lower. But you can report it to the hospital, usually each hospital has its own treatment route if the paramedic team is exposed to the risk of accidental infection such as accidentally being pricked by a syringe of a person suffering from hepatits B.
And to reduce this incident, paramedics must always use PPE or personal protective equipment such as gloves, masks every time they take medical treatment to patients to reduce the risk of contracting an unwanted disease.
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