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Australas Med J. 2011;4(2):94-6. doi: 10.4066/AMJ.2011.535. Epub 2011 Feb 28.

Local skin reaction following an accidental injection from a BCG vaccine in a healthcare worker.

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  • 1Professor Pediatrics, Pt. B. D. Sharma PGIMS, Rohtak, Haryana, India.


Exposure to blood-borne pathogens from sharp injuries continue to pose a significant risk to healthcare workers (HCW). The number of sharps injuries sustained by HCW is still unclear, primarily due to under-reporting of events. Healthcare professionals are at risk of sustaining such injuries from hollow-bore needles. Sharps injuries are associated with risk of infection with blood-borne pathogens such as human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), hepatitis B virus (HBV) hepatitis C virus (HCV) and other live organisms. Here we are reporting a case of an adverse reaction in a HCW due to an accidental sharps injury by a needle used to administer the Bacillus Calmittee Gurien (BCG) vaccine.


BCG vaccine; adverse reaction; healthcare worker; medical error

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