Needle Stick Injury

A large majority of needle stick injury victims are workers in the health service industry. According to the Center for Disease Control about 600,000 to 800,000 needle stick injuries occur in the health care industry each year. Injuries are caused by needles like hypodermic needles, or intravenous (IV) stylets. Over $3 billion in health care costs are spent each year treating victims. However, it does occasionally happen to patients.

A needle stick injury occurs any time a person is injured with a used or possibly used needle. The wound itself may only be barely noticed. But the real danger is the possibility of exposure to life threatening diseases.

Dangers
A needle puncture can actually transmit blood borne pathogens that can lead to life threatening and fatal illnesses. It really depends whether the needle was contaminated with the blood of an infected person.

Examples of diseases that you may contract:

  • Hepatitis B
  • Hepatitic C
  • Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)
  • Herpes
  • Malaria
  • Syphilis
  • Spotted fever
  • Tuberculosis

What to do after Needle Stick Injury
You should immediately clean the wound and report it to your doctor or the health care professional that is present. Then you will need to be tested for HBV, HCV, and HIV right away. You may take antibiotics to prevent potential bacterial infections. It is appropriate that you receive HBV vaccine, immunoglobulins and anti-retroviral drugs to reduce the risk of HIV.

You can find out if you qualify to seek for compensation. Seek the help of a leading Ohio medical malpractice attorney Jami S. Oliver for your legal options.

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