Protecting the Patient and Nurse: Infection Control, Biohazards, and Bloodborne Pathogens

On completing the RN Refresher program online module Unit 10.

This topic is near and dear to my heart.  Before her retirement, my mother had an occupational needle-stick from an end-stage AIDS patient.  They were in the suite, and the needle box was on the counter, not secured to the wall.  In it’s place, the decorator had placed a mirror.  Until then we didn’t know that hospitals even had interior decorators.

She took a course of anti-retroviral drugs, which made her so sick that she unable to work for three weeks. Upon her return to work, she discovered that the situation which contributed to her injury had not been corrected.  She put in her request for retirement shortly afterwards.

 

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