Post Needle Stick Question


Q: I am a young dentist who today had his first needlestick. It was a fairly small stick with only a few drops of blood while I was moving from one injection site to another. The needle was a 27-28 gauge used to administer local anesthetic. I had just given the IFA injection and was moving to the maxillary arch. The patient I was seeing was a 9 year old boy who according to his health history was negative of any infectious disease. I was unable to confirm this today due to the fact that we treat our patients on a mobile coach while they are at school. I went to urgent care today after work and was given a tetanus shot. The doctor on call there said that I should not worry about any other treatment due to the nature of the incident. I am a chronic worrier though and wanted some extra advice. I've been told because of the patients age and low risk factor that additional treatment would probably be more harmful than beneficial. I have had all my Hep B immunizations while in dental school. I was wondering what your suggestion would be? Should I follow up in any other manner?


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