ACTS workplace injury resources
If you've had a needlestick or bur-stick injury, you'll be ok. But we want you to take this seriously, because we're really concerned about you and your health!
- Want advice right now? Call the PEPLine (1-888-448-4911) at University of California San Francisco for expert advice 24/7 at no charge to you.
- There has still never been a dental health care worker who became HIV-positive from a needlestick. Here's a link to the CDC's page with information on HIV, HBV and HCV
- Hepatitis C (HCV) is a more resilient virus. Still, the risk of HCV conversion after needlestick exposure to a patient who is HCV-positive is only about 1.8 percent. Here's a link to the CDC's page of FAQs on HCV for health care providers
- Among other things, you need to KNOW whether or not the patient has a bloodborne disease. You get that peace of mind from a blood draw (see below). Here's a link to the CDC's page with emergency needlestick information
- If your patient has a bloodborne disease, you'll want to take action to reduce your risk and that of your significant other. Through its experts, the university will help you - at no cost to you!
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