Have you been pricked?

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19 Sep 2016 - General

As healthcare professionals, we will always be at risk of neddles stick or shraps injury whilst at work. Have you had a personal experience wth needle stick? Pleases do share. 

The following guidance has been taken from an NHS website and this is just a simple reminder on how we deal with such incident, if ever it happens.

"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
  • don’t scrub the wound while you’re washing it
  • don’t suck the wound
  • dry the wound and cover it with a waterproof plaster or dressing

You should also seek urgent medical advice:


Quite a few of you have mentioned about your experiences and about this fishig technique. I wonder what a fishing technique is. In UK, we are not encouraged to re sheath needles as a good practice and for safety. As for my recent experience, approximately 3 months ago, I have taken a fistula needle out of a patient and on disposal, I wasn't looking at the sharps bin whilst disposing it, so there! Got pricked.. call it carelessness really. I was crying and scared as everything just flashes, h...
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Kathleen Peralta Unfortunately, I am not as careful as I have been pricked a couple of times already. Even when using the fishing technique for covering sharps. I remember getting pricked once in a government hospital while assisting for delivery of a baby. I have no idea how in the world I was pricked by a colleague who was preparing to do an anesthetic block. Another time was while assisting for an open cholecy...
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haha thanks for tagging me Kathleen Peralta. Unfortunately yes I have been pricked despite being very careful and performing the fishing capping technique. I got pricked by a consultant once during abdominal surgery as I was assisting. That was unavoidable on my half and all I could do was sulk and change gloves. Then there was the most memorable one during my junior internship when I rotated in an infectious dis...
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Oh I've been pricked many times. I think when you work with needles, you are bound to get pricked once (or many times). And not just needles too. I have drilled my finger with the bur we use for tooth fillings and preparations. Sometimes I have to use my other finger as pivot while working and it happens. I don't know if it's carelessness or just part and parcel. I'm curious to find out if there's someone here who hasn't been pricked once. Wait, ...
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I think it is not an easy task to find a doctor or a nurse who has not at least once been pricked by a needle. If there is anyone out there in the MIMS community, I would really like to hear how you NOT got pricked! :D I have got myself pricked by needles quite a many times during my career. The time I was most scared was when I got pricked by the needle I used to obtain a blood culture from a patient, who passed away a few hours later due to from sepsis! You just can't explain the things th...
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Of course why not! Once I was in my fourth year in my medical college I was got pricked and I was quite sure that I got exposed to blood from the patient. Then I was so worried about it and it is not a lie if I say that I was so depressed after I got pricked. What I did right after that was taking two separate blood samples from the patient and myself and rushing to the sexually transmitted disease unit. Even though I was worried the reports came with negative results. But I prefer that taking...
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In answer to your question Ms. Kathleen Peralta, Yes, too many times actually. This unfortunate incident is very common for nurses. Good thing most of my experience are being pricked from newly opened syringe. This happens most of the time when I am preparing for the IV medications of my patients. And I can actually remember that I was once pricked with used needle and good thing is that the patient doesn't have any Hepatitis B, or any infection. And I exactly did what your topic mentioned. ...
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Kathleen Peralta Yes, I have been pricked due to my carelessness. The first time was when I was a medical technology intern rotating as a phlebotomist in a public hospital. I was in a hurry because of the volume of patients that I have to extract blood for morning blood works. Even though the patient was a child, I still had myself tested and thankfully it was negative. Second time was when I was a surgery resid...
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