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#11 AnthonyM83

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Posted 19 July 2007 - 04:29 AM

I wish they had that test here.
Wonder if I could even pay for it out of pocket...I don't think they're even available, though.
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Posted 19 July 2007 - 04:49 AM

I've been told by an ER doc here that the best thing an EMT can do for themselves after an exposure is to present themselves to triage after transferring care and request an evaluation. Something along the lines of the hospital having more options legally that way.
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#13 katbemeEMT-B

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Posted 19 July 2007 - 05:01 AM

I don't understand how it is that a city the size of LA doesn't have the capability to do a rapid HIV test when we can do them in a small town close to us with a pop. of only 18,000 and a small hospital with only 36 beds. I would be doing some checking into that. By the rapid not being available you are put in the position of having to take the precautionary meds until the results of the patients test comes back.
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#14 AnthonyM83

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Posted 19 July 2007 - 05:45 AM

Well, the hospital we were delivering too honestly wasn't a great one. There are some nice hospitals in LA, but a lot of really overworked overstrained underbudgeted ones. This wasn't a big hospital. They said they have to send the labs to a company and company sends them back. They probably don't own the more expensive test equipment, probably b/c no one who uses it can pay their bills probably.

I wonder if I can pay for it myself.
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#15 mediccjh

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Posted 19 July 2007 - 07:29 AM

Make the medic pay the bills. His screwup and carelessness resulted in you getting stuck.

OraSure makes the Rapid HIV test. It is produced in Bethlehem, PA.

I'd be more worried about Hep C.

Good luck bro.
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