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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

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

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 1 year ago.
Thank you for your reply it seems to be a little splinter but I was very worried

I think you have nothing to worry about