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- Jun 26, '12 by MaryAnn_RNQuote from PMFB-RNI work in the Uk and our ICU uses steel needles to draw up meds.
*** You would think so wouldn't you? I also work at a VA hospital and while I find the standard of care there to be pretty good, they still engage in lot's and lot's of old fashinoned practices. like using real steel needles for drawing from vials and lot's and lot's of meds that need to be drawn up from vials.
- Jun 26, '12 by nursefrancesQuote from imintroubleSome years ago I had an appointment to see a podiatrist. As I sat on the exam table I had a clear view of the sink in the hallway. I watched the doctor pass from room to room. He "washed" his hands in between each patient but his version of washing his hands was running them under the water for a second then drying with a paper towel. No soap. This was a while ago and we didn't have hand sanitizers in each room yet. Blech. He didn't touch me when he came in the exam room. To think of all the germs he was sharing among his patients. I wasn't a nurse yet and was not outspoken (like I am now ). If it was present day I would have said something in a heart beat.I have found that the worst infection control offenders are the MDs.I have witnessed more nursing examples, but the truly shocking ones were committed by doctors.
- Jun 26, '12 by DeLana_RNWe draw all our meds up with needles, and use lots of multi-dose vials (so plastic spikes wouldn't be realistic here). Recently, my hand slipped off the alcohol pad I used to break an ampulle of Dilaudid and my finger was sliced badly... I was bleeding all over the place... but no, I did not give the drug
- Jun 26, '12 by Daisy_08- How can you do that!!!
- Jun 26, '12 by Ashley, PICU RNMaybe she meant that she changed the needle but kept the same syringe with the medication in it? I sure hope so. That would at least be a little but better than using the same needle to stick a patient. But the whole thing really needs to be changed. Yikes.
- oh oh my!! I think I mistook this statement! haha!
- I always put a drop of my blood on the needle before I give an injection. I figure after 30 years in nursing my blood should be able to kill any bug out there. Besides, you always check a babys' bottle temp by dropping a few dropps on your wrist- I think it only makes sense to test the patients IM meds by injection a little into your thumb.
i meant this quote from previuos member
- Jun 26, '12 by RNmilwifeWOW! That is really scary! Did your friend report that nurse?
- Well apparently I'm as technically challenged as my dad!! Couldn't figure out how to use quote step on this page but I'll try again.. please forgive my ignorance!!