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HIV eye splash contamination … help! super worried!

So I’m super dumb.
I did SRP on an HIV infected patient. After SRPs, (and I’m so dumb to have even done this) I put the bloody scalers in the ultrasonic solution. 5 minutes later, I drained it, rinsed with water and upon putting them on a towel, some water splashed in my eye (water from rinsing and maybe some amount of ultrasonic solution idk). I guess my problem is, is this a concern for contamination?
helllp!!!



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Any exposure, whether it be a needle stick or eye splash, is considered an occupational exposure. While the risk for HIV transmission is low (HIV doesn’t live outside the body for long) the exposure steps are still the same: wash area, document, immediate visit to hospital (to let a medical doctor determine exposure risk), etc.
 
Dental offices are mandated by OSHA to have an exposure plan written and posted in a conspicuous place along with yearly OSHA training (and training upon hire). Here are some links to help you get your office up to date in exposure protocols:
 
http://www.osap.org/?page=FAQ_Disease&hhSearchTerms=Infection+and+control+and+FAQ#whatdoesOSHA
 
https://www.osha.gov/Publications/osha3186.pdf
 
http://www.cdc.gov/oralhealth/infectioncontrol/faq/bloodborne_exposures.htm
 
http://www.rdhmag.com/articles/print/volume-15/issue-10/columns/infection-control/make-eye-protection-a-priority-to-prevent-contamination-and-injury.html

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