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- May 3, '12 by CT PixieQuote from thesundownerOMG! I had the same thing happen to me a few years back working in LTC! Luckily I had on a lab coat. The blood shot up from my waist area across my chest and onto my sleeve from the elbow up! You had to see my face, the patients face and the patients hubby's face. None of us could believe what had happened. We all had that stunned look, followed by an awkward silence then all of us laughing at once. Never in a million years did I think that much blood coming out at that speed would happen from a fingerstick. The thing is, I didn't even squeeze it very hard, it was no more than a little more pressure than a gently squeeze.Yesterday at work, I was taking the blood sugar on a patient and after putting the blood on the strip and waiting the 8 years for our ancient, piece of c r a p glucometer to read the results, it read "error" so I grabbed another strip, reset the glucometer and instead of poking the guy again, attempted to just squeeze out another drop from where I already stabbed his finger - BIG MISTAKE. The blood squirted out directly into my eyeball. I mean, it was a gusher. I had no idea that much blood could come out of a tiny pinprick. So, then I had to do the whole exposed to blood protocol and worry about getting diseases.
So, yeah, don't go squeezin' clotted off fingers and if you do, don't be an IDIOT and point them at your own face.
What stupid mistake have you made that we can all learn from?
Live and learn, I have never had it happen again.
- May 3, '12 by 369PelhamThanks for the heads up. I have been a nurse for 5 years and take blood sugars quite often. Quite often instead of pricking a person again, if the glucometer doesn't give me a good reading I ALWAYS would make a second try from the same stick. Never have I had that problem. Lucky I guess! These are the things they don't tell you in Nursing school...
- May 3, '12 by imintroubleFirst, never attempt to do anything to a pt when it's too dark too see. I HATE turning on an overhead light at 0200 when the pt is sleeping.
In the dark, I hung an ATB piggyback. In the chaos of the four IV tubings hanging on the pole, I made the connection BELOW the pump instead of above. Because I didn't want to wake the pt. An hour later I discovered my IVPB was swollen to twice it's size, and ready to explode.:uhoh21:
Not a mistake I would have made with the light on.
- May 3, '12 by GrnTeaoh, god, once i was doing a ride-along with the acls ambulance and we responded to a man down call. turned out to be alittle old man about 90 years old, and his wife had put a pillow under his head and a blanket over him before she called 911... anyway, not much rhythm and just about no pulse. paramedic put a medicath (remember medicaths?) in an antecubital and went to hook up a connector and an iv. i said, smartly, "you know, you can hook the iv right up to that," went to do so.... and pulled the dang thing right out of the vein. some hotshot icu nurse, me.
- May 3, '12 by fallinnstyleIf you find you PEG tube clogged and will be attempting to unclog, always wear some glasses, a mask, a gown, and if at all possible, a hairnet. Also, cover as much of the patient as you can to protect them.
I did this the other day. Went to unclog the feeding tube; tried putting warm water, cranberry juice, milking etc... I was pushing the cranberry juice with the syringe when the tube ballooned, the side port opened up and my syringe dislodged. My patient and I took a shower of cranberry juice mixed in with Glucerna and stomach fluids. My face, my mouth, eyes, hair, clothes everything was a mess.
All I could think was, dang,, I hope I don't catch something.
- May 3, '12 by MN-NurseQuote from 369PelhamThis must be why the lances we have are so darn small. It is futile to try to get more blood from a minute old stick.Thanks for the heads up. I have been a nurse for 5 years and take blood sugars quite often. Quite often instead of pricking a person again, if the glucometer doesn't give me a good reading I ALWAYS would make a second try from the same stick. Never have I had that problem. Lucky I guess! These are the things they don't tell you in Nursing school...