Family, Internal Medicine, General Medical Questions/splinter question
Hi Dr. Borucki, I have a question concerning splinters, first aid and tetanus. I had gotten a wooden (maybe it was bamboo, looks like that) splinter into the palm of my hand while handling some furniture. I pulled it out using my hand, a drop of blood came out after, washed my hand with soap and water, and hand sanitized the area after. I have had tetanus shots growing up (childhood or infancy ones you get, one in high school, and most recently the Tdap July 2012). Do I need to be concerned about tetanus here in this situation, or am I being paranoid? Thank you.
I think you have done everything well...... up to date on TDAP, good initial first aid. The key is that you got all the wood out and then you need a little luck that no infection develops........... your tdap was only a few months ago.... why would you be concerned?
Hope this helps.