Hepatitis C Community
reused needle?
About This Community:

This forum is for questions about medical issues and research aspects of Hepatitis C such as, questions about being newly diagnosed, questions about current treatments, information and participation in discussions about research studies and clinical trials related to Hepatitis. If you would like to communicate with other people who have been touched by Hepatitis, please visit our new Hepatitis Social/Living with Hepatitis forum

Font Size:
A
A
A
Background:
Blank
Blank
Blank
Blank Blank

reused needle?

Hello All,

I have been tested for hepatitis c. The nurse used BD needle, vacuum tube and holder. However, I did not check the needle. I am not sure whether the needle was used before me or not.

I am thinking that vacuum tube took my blood off. There is no injection.
Is the miniscule dry blood in the bore of the needle enough to infect a person?
Related Discussions
9 Comments Post a Comment
Blank
446474 tn?1446351282
Why would anyone reuse a needle?

You seem to have seen and know the manufacturer "BD" = (Becton, Dickinson and Company) of the syringe and all its parts, but you didn't notice if they used a new needle?

For further information about handling sharps read the following...

* 1991 Bloodborne Pathogens standard
* The Needlestick Safety and Prevention Act was signed into law on November 6, 2000.

Hectorsf
Blank
Avatar n tn
Yes Hector. While the nurse was attaching the two-sided needle to tube holder, I could not understand whether the needle was sterile. I did not focus on what was going on.

Actually, the blood was pulled away from my vein by vacuum, so there was no injection of anything. I am wondering if very miniscule part of blood in the hollow of the needle is enough to infect me if it had touched to my vein?

Thank you

Blank
Avatar n tn
Any comments?
Blank
87972 tn?1322664839
Sure; if you continue to be concerned, discuss risk and subsequent action with a qualified MD.

Good luck-

-Bill

Blank
96938 tn?1189803458
You don't see the engines installed on the airplane you're flying or the brakes on the you're driving.  Why were you tested for HCV?
Blank
179856 tn?1333550962
They usually only will give you an HCV test if there is a reason to suspect you might be infected. It'd be great if they just gave the test to everyone in the world but...they dont/wont.
Blank
1491755 tn?1333204962
How would anyone verify if a needle was sterile ?  The scenario you are describing is somewhat ridiculous, unless you live in a terrible place like let's say Pakistan.  A place where no one can be trusted like say Pakistan.
Blank
179856 tn?1333550962
Yes James no one should trust those Pakistani needles......never know what they have been up to.
Blank
Avatar f tn
I hope the day will come when everyone is screened for HCV.
Blank
Post a Comment
To
Recent Activity
317787 tn?1472134636
Blank
Dee1956 commented on Dee1956's status
3 hrs ago
317787 tn?1472134636
Blank
Dee1956 commented on Jade59's status
5 hrs ago
317787 tn?1472134636
Blank
Dee1956 commented on spider6's status
7 hrs ago
Blank
Weight Tracker
Track your weight over time
Start Tracking Now
Top Hepatitis Answerers
317787 tn?1472134636
Blank
DC
163305 tn?1333672171
Blank
Rural Mural, CA
446474 tn?1446351282
Blank
San Francisco, CA
Avatar universal
Blank
1747881 tn?1358189534
Blank
Greeley, CO
2059648 tn?1439770265
Blank
Hepatitis C Community Resources