• 8 months ago

    Maybe scratched by an instrument, high anxiety

    Hello,

    I work at a dental office and while I was taking instruments out of the ultrasonic I felt a “scratch”of sort. I immediately took off my gloves, which I didn’t see any holes I saw redness and in three spots that I had felt the “scratch”. I didn’t see any blood I even squeezed the spots and nothing came out. I went through all the patients that had came in that morning and none had any reports of hiv or hepatitis of any kind. If they do report and blood borne disease we take extra precautions, and empty the ultrasonic spray it with cavicide and let it sit for three minutes, rinse, and refill . (But like I said this day there were no reported diseases) When I reported to my doctor all she had said was wash it out. NO REPORT WAS MADE! Because she said there was no risk patients. A few days later I did go get blood work and everything came back fine but it was too late for any antibiotics that would help. So In three months I am being tested again. My practitioner said my chances of contracting any thing was very low, and she thought I would be fine. ( maybe to help calm my nerves a bit . I still have lots of anxiety and it effects my everyday life. I am even considering getting out of the field or at least that office. Please any opinions on the risk of getting anything!

Responses

  • 8 months ago

    RE: Maybe scratched by an instrument, high anxiety

    Your risk of getting anything are zero.

    Gail
  • 2 months ago

    RE: Maybe scratched by an instrument, high anxiety

    Wow, I can't believe that you'd act like this. You didn't even have a spot of blood or anything, why would you even be freaking out like this? You need out of the medical field completely since your extremely terrified of catching something. Idk how you even function in today's world with so many diseases. Stop being like this, yes things happen and people can catch diseases from others but you can't stay tormented from worrying about it when there basically maybe .1% chance out of a bazillion that you could have caught anything.