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Careless nurse reuses syringes to administer flu shot to 67 patients

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TheCommuter, BSN, RN

Specializes in Case mgmt., rehab, (CRRN), LTC & psych. Has 15 years experience.

In my humble opinion, a nurse who reuses a syringe on that many patients is not being careless. Reusing a needle on 67 patients is a deliberate act of harm. How could a person not know? The needle becomes increasingly dull with each use.

klone, MSN, RN

Specializes in Women's Health/OB Leadership. Has 15 years experience.

She didn't reuse the needle, she reused the syringe.

She didn't reuse the needle, she reused the syringe.

Syringe, needle, does it matter?

I agree with TheCommuter, this is much more that simply being "careless."

JVoEDrn

Specializes in ED RN, PEDS RN, IV NURSE. Has 3 years experience.

***** How does this even happen! Flu shots are pre filled syringes! I didnt even know they came in bottles that you draw up.

TheCommuter, BSN, RN

Specializes in Case mgmt., rehab, (CRRN), LTC & psych. Has 15 years experience.

***** How does this even happen! Flu shots are pre filled syringes! I didnt even know they came in bottles that you draw up.
My workplace does not have pre-filled syringes of flu vaccine. Rather, we have multi-use vials, and we are to withdraw 0.5mL per dose before placing the vial back into the refrigerator.

klone, MSN, RN

Specializes in Women's Health/OB Leadership. Has 15 years experience.

Syringe, needle, does it matter?

It matters in that Commuter asked how it's possible to do that, since the needle would get very dull. I responded by saying it wasn't the needle she reused, addressing her question about needle dullness. My response was not meant to be interpreted as excusing or condoning the nurse's actions.

How does this even happen! Flu shots are pre filled syringes! I didnt even know they came in bottles that you draw up.

Clearly, in this situation, they were not. I work in a clinic, and our stock of influenza vaccine comes in multi-dose vials. So yes, they do exist.

JVoEDrn

Specializes in ED RN, PEDS RN, IV NURSE. Has 3 years experience.

Huh! You learn something new everyday! [emoji1][emoji6]

TheCommuter, BSN, RN

Specializes in Case mgmt., rehab, (CRRN), LTC & psych. Has 15 years experience.

It matters in that Commuter asked how it's possible to do that, since the needle would get very dull. I responded by saying it wasn't the needle she reused, addressing her question about needle dullness. My response was not meant to be interpreted as excusing or condoning the nurse's actions.
Thank you for the clarification. Still, 'careless' is an improper word to describe a nurse who reused the syringe portion on 67 different patients. This is a flagrant act of disregard for the public's health and safety.

Whispera, MSN, RN

Specializes in psych, addictions, hospice, education.

I think the general public considers barrel plus needle to be what's called a syringe, so it's unclear exactly what the nurse used. In any case, she should have some severe consequences.

klone, MSN, RN

Specializes in Women's Health/OB Leadership. Has 15 years experience.

I think the general public considers barrel plus needle to be what's called a syringe, so it's unclear exactly what the nurse used.

The state health department clarified in a statement that the needles were not reused, just the barrel.