Needling Patients With Hepatitis?
Asalamualaikum doctor … I am a medical staff in a hospital … On 6/12/18 I was stabbed by a HBSAG patient’s skintest needle (+) r nThen the next day I tested Anti HBs and HBsag … HBSAG results (Non-Reactive ) … Anti HBs (Reactive 512 post Heptitis B vaccine) r n … Is the vaccine successful … and what could be the possibility of being infected with the virus …? And when is the best time for another test after exposure? Thank you
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Health workers are indeed one of a group of people who are vulnerable to being exposed to infectious infections from bodily fluids such as hepatitis B. Therefore, before starting work at a health institution, it is usually recommended to supplement the Hepatitis B vaccine (if it has never been vaccinated before) or do boosters (if the anti-HBs test results are negative) first.
If you don't know your immunization status before exposure (there are no anti-HBs tests before exposure), then you are recommended to get HBIg (Hepatitis B Immunoglobulin) and complete vaccination after exposure. HBIg should be given within 24 hours of exposure or at least in less than 2 weeks after exposure. Usually you will be recommended to do a hepatitis B re-examination after your vaccination is complete. Basically if you have done therapy according to the protocol, then the possibility of the virus can develop and cause disease in you is quite small.
You should discuss again with your doctor for more complete management in accordance with the protocol of the hospital where you work.
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