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I'm a healthcare profession. I was cannula ting a patient

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I'm a healthcare profession. I was cannula ting a patient took my gloves off his hand started to bleed so I put some gauze on it with my thumb blood soaked through onto my thumb I rinsed it straight away. But sometime later I was studying my thumb and noticed some sort of healing scratch. I think it was from a rose bush two or three days before. I didn't get a cut and it didn't bleed. In fact I didn't know it was there. I showed a radiologist my thumb and he said it was ok. I think I have a little piece of the rose like a tiny splinter sitting just under the skin. There is no actual cut but I'm now terrified I may have a blood born infection. I don't know the patients status but we were investigating his liver There was no mention of hep c on his form and he has been in and out of hospital so I'm hoping this would have been known. I'm very very worried. This happened two days ago
Submitted: 4 months ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 4 months ago.

Hello. I'm Dr. Phil, licensed and practicing internist. Excellent service is my goal.

Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 4 months ago.

Thanks for this question

There is basically zero chance of infection here. If you never had a cut, the chance is Zero. Even if there was a small cut, the chance is still very very low. Probably 1/100,000 or more

I think you should get tested to be sure

but to ease your mind, I think you are absolutely fine

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Customer: replied 4 months ago.
Thank you for your reply it seems to be a little splinter but I was very worried
Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 4 months ago.

I think you have nothing to worry about

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