So last week I was assisting one of the providers at my employment and witnessed something I have never seen before. The patient we were caring for had a large leg wound. The provider wanted to culture the wound. So I prepared the patient and the room. The provider comes in and takes the swab of the culture and runs in under water from the faucet. She stated "I always get a better sample if the swab is wet first".
Is this an accepted practice? Seems to me the culture swab would be contaminated from the tap water, and therefore the culture would not only be from the wound, but whatever else was lurking in the spigot,
and the city water.
Has anyone else witnessed this?
NO NO NO NO Swabs are supposed to be sterile. And who knows what is being introduced INTO the wound???
OY VEY !!!!
Last edit by merlee on May 21, '11
: Reason: spacing