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by chloefiesta chloefiesta (New) New Nurse

chloefiesta has 5 years experience .

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Maybe this whole pandemic is causing a lot of paranoia, but does this warrant a call to employee health.....

I had a patient’s foley leak out bloody urine on her blanket after her hysterectomy and she had like anal cancer (squamous cell carcinoma) and bladder cancer I think. I accidentally grabbed my phone after touching her soaked blanket with my gloves on and put it back in my scrub pocket. A few minutes later, while eating my lunch, out of habit, I was using that same soiled phone while eating lunch. A piece of my noodle fell on my index finger that was touched my phone etc and that piece of noodle flipped back and touched some portion of the rest of the pasta. I threw away the one that touched my finger but the rest I continued to eat…am I being super paranoid or is this something I need to worry about?

Obviously I need to be more careful next time, but this whole pandemic is making me overthink everything. 

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Jedrnurse has 25 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in school nurse.

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I would be more concerned about touching your phone during the lunch break (in general) after it's probable contamination.

How often do you clean your phone? You may be dealing with prior contamination as well...

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How does one accidentally grab their phone in a patient's room? Did it fall out of your pocket?

To the rest of your post, no this does not warrant a call to employee health. 

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Davey Do has 41 years experience and specializes in Psych, CD, HH, Admin, LTC, OR, ER, Med Surge.

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10 hours ago, chloefiesta said:

 A piece of my noodle fell on my index finger that was touched my phone etc and that piece of noodle flipped back and touched some portion of the rest of the pasta.

Boy! That noodle* was quite an assiduous noodle**!

*pasta

**foolish entity

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If you're talking about your personal phone, don't take it into patient rooms.

If you're talking about your work phone, don't take it into the break room.

Solved!

No you don't need to call employee health.

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