What are the chances of getting a disease from a needlestick?
Also question is, what diseases can you get from a needlestick?
- Blood-borne diseases that could be transmitted by a needlestick injury include human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), hepatitis B (HBV) and hepatitis C (HCV).
- Thoroughly wash the wound with soap and water, and go to your doctor or nearest emergency department as soon as possible.
Similarly, what percentage of needlestick exposures actually result in HBV? For a susceptible person, the risk from a single needlestick or cut exposure to HBV-infected blood ranges from 6-30% and depends on the hepatitis B e antigen (HBeAg) status of the source individual.
Moreover, how common are needlestick injuries?
Needlestick injuries are most like to happen among healthcare workers who are accidentally exposed to infected blood (occupational exposure). It is estimated that around three million such needlestick injuries take place globally each year, including one million in Europe, although not all such injuries are reported.
What to do if you get stuck by a needle?
If you pierce or puncture your skin with a used needle, follow this first aid advice immediately:
- encourage the wound to bleed, ideally by holding it under running water.
- wash the wound using running water and plenty of soap.
- do not scrub the wound while you're washing it.
- do not suck the wound.