A Research Study On Jane Doe Essay

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Jane Doe is a 25-year-old Registered Nurse who has been working in the emergency department for 2 years. One night she was drawing blood on a HIV positive patient and upon disposing a butterfly needle in to the appropriate sharps container, she had a needle stick injury due to the safety needle not retracting into the sheath and was stuck deeply into one of her finger pads. She immediately began to wash the injury with soap and water and squeezed out some of the blood contents, and went to seek Post-Exposure Prophylaxis Treatment within 3 hours. Her initial baseline testing were shown as negative

Jane was not showing any signs or symptoms of complication until about four months later. She began to experience recurring headaches, fatigue, decreased appetite, and losing weight, fever and complained of a sore throat with white patches developing. Her neck lymph nodes were also showing signs of swelling. Her Physician immediately ordered an Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent (ELISA) test, Western Blot testing, CD4 T-cell count, Complete Blood Count (CBC), Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate (ESR), and a p24 Antigen test and was asked to come follow up when the results where in.
Upon Jane’s follow up visit, she expresses her concern about her previous needle stick injury to the nurse. She understands symptoms may take time to appear and is experiencing a lot of anxiety. She states, “I was not that worried once I had intervened with PEP,
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