Alcoholic hand gels removed from hospitals after patients get drunk

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    In Britain, patients are getting drunk on alcohol based hand gel used by nurses and doctors to sterilize their hands.

    The cleanser, which has been in the NHS for more than four years and is used to tackle hospital-acquired infections such as MRSA, contains 75 per cent proof alcohol, nearly twice the strength of whisky.

    Last year reports suggested patients were stealing the 10-a-litre gel and mixing it with orange juice or cola to create powerful cocktails.
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/he...get-drunk.html
    RN BSN 2009, MaleICURN, CanonRock, and 4 others like this.
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    Where there's a will, there's a way!
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    In the US this would lead to a lawsuit by the patients family. They would blame the hospital, nurses and doctors for their family members self destructive behavior.
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    What kind of ward is this that the pts are 1. Well enough to think of this and carry it out 2. Desperate enough to drink something that may kill them ? Do they lock up all the alcohol swabs, too? Can they have mouthwash and shampoo?
    ERNurse0417, CanonRock, feliz3, and 1 other like this.
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    Probably psychiatric unit. I worked (for 2 shifts!) on an adolescent psych unit, and no, they were not allowed to have anything with alcohol in it. We had to hand them an alcohol pad to swab their piercings, then be sure they returned it. Obviously, addicts/alcoholics are extremely crafty at procurement, particularly when they are in treatment involuntarily.
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    I actually saw a warning about this on my hospital newsletter. Apparently a couple of patients in the US were caught drinking from the hallway dispenser. They are changing the formula.
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    thats just really gross...as much damage as it does to my hands I can only imagine what it does to someone's insides...
    RN BSN 2009, rph3664, CanonRock, and 2 others like this.
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    Quote from dawngloves
    What kind of ward is this that the pts are 1. Well enough to think of this and carry it out 2. Desperate enough to drink something that may kill them ? Do they lock up all the alcohol swabs, too? Can they have mouthwash and shampoo?

    This is called addiction.
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    This is ridiculous! These guys will always find some way to get a hold of ETOH. Alcohol doesn't kill staph anyway. I did a C&S on staph and alcohol in micro and the staph grew like crazy.
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    Yuck. I've had students ask me for bottles of hand sanitzer (I had some I gave to staff). I didn't give it out for this very reason.
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