I am a home health nurse. Today I changed the foley on an elderly patient. The son assissted me during the process. As i was ready to insert the clean foley, his arm was close to the patient and i believe the tip of my new foley had touched his forarm leaving a small amout of KY jelly. I have no spare foley or steril gloves at that time, so i wiped the top of the foley with the paper that came in the kit, reapplied the KY jelly and inserted it into the patient. ( I thought the part of KY jelly that came in contact with him would stay on his arm and my foley should be faily clean). After I left the house I started feeling bad about it. what are the chances of me giving that patient an UTI!!
Oct 16, '09
No way of being able to answer that question.
It was contaminated, however.
I know you didn't intend this to happen, but in the future, I suggest you be prepared for incidents such as this.