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Author Topic: Can you get hep c from touching surroundings with possibly contaminated environ  (Read 10660 times)

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Offline mrjadams75

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I work as a healthcare assistant. I touched a crash cart today accidentally that had been used to assist a patient with hepatitis c with an emergency situation. It was my own fault. I was told to move the trolley in pushed it a little with the tips of my fingers before I realised what she had said about the hep c. There was no blood on the area where I touched but elsewhere there was small smears. I only touched it with the tip of my fingers but I have a tiny semi healed cut underneath my cuticle. I'm unsure as to how likely it is that I may get infected from this. I'm usually so careful as well. I suffer from a great deal of health anxiety as well which isn't helping.

Thanks for any advice

Offline Mike

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Hi Newartriot84,

It would be virtually impossible to catch Hep-C under the scenario you described.

Since this happened at work, you could report the potential exposure and be tested in 3-6 months. This should be covered under your state's workers compensation system.

Best wishes. Mike
Genotype 1a
Treated 2001 with PEG and RIBV
Treated in 2014 SOL+PEG+RIBV
Cured July 2014

Offline mrjadams75

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Hi Mike,

I just wanted to thank you so much for your reply, it was really reassuring to hear. I panic way too much about my health thesedays that I make myself ill I think. I work bank with the healthcare system so I have no fixed post but my doctor has offered to test me should I be worried but she doesn't think it is necessary.

Thanks again and take care


Offline lporterrn

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Hi Nick,
As a nurse, one thing that helped me with anxiety is knowing that universal precautions work. It is amazing that our risks are generally not much higher than the public's risk. I am particularity sad about the recent Ebola case being a healthcare worker, because this tells us there is something we don't quite know about keeping workers safe from that virus, but still, keep in mind that even a mistake in safety precautions rarely transmits anything. Also, in the scheme of things, hep C is curable, so even if you got it, at least it can be dealt with. 
Lucinda Porter, RN
1988 Contracted HCV
1997 Interferon nonresponder
2003 PEG + ribavirin responder-relapser
2013 Cured (Harvoni + ribavirin clinical trial)


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