I am Dr. Arun and will be helping you today.
You are experienced nurse; so let me at the outset tell you what you already know. There is a definite possibility of infective organisms going in your blood stream with the needle stick injury. I would emphasize following points;
1) I hope you are not anxious. So that may augment your symptoms as it involves the autonomic nervous system and can aggravate the clinical picture.
2) With your knowledge and experience; one should have reported the needle stick injury to the administration. They would have done a blood culture and an antibiogram immediately. But do not delay now. This needs immediate attention of the doctors. Let us rectify it at the earliest.
3) I still feel that some of your symptoms can be due to anxiety. But since the symptoms are deteriorating, and infections are quite uncommon for you; you cannot take a chance.
4) Lastly; there is a risk of transmission of the bacteria by the needle stick injury. But there is a significant chance that bacteria may have not been transmitted and the present symptoms are unrelated to the needle stick. This maybe a just a co-incidence that you got these manifestations after the incidence and is an unrelated infection.
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