I got pricked my a needle today. When the nurse took it out, though, she stuck the sharp into the vinyl exam table before putting it in the sharps box. She stuck it right where someone would conceivably lay down on (she didn’t stick the side of the table).
Umm … that’s a contaminated needle that you just pulled out my arm! What happens if the next patient came in, lay down, and my bodily fluids came squirting back out the table, right into a open wound on the next patient’s back, and that patient contracted both hepatitis and HIV from the fluid (not saying that I have either, but you know, hypothetically)? Granted, HIV doesn’t survive too long outside the body, but hepatitis is somewhat more hardy.
Is this *really *dangerous? Or am I just being paranoid about something that’s standard practice?
Shameless plug: I also need a doctor or someone with medical knowledge to help me answer this question: http://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb/showthread.php?t=655022