Sep 13, '06
Okay...Triage is going to go mother nursie on you now! LOL!
One...ALWAYS be worried about yourself! Not only do you need to keep away from unsafe practices for your own well being, your family...but from pt to pt you get in contact with..and that is under your control. And you are no good to anyone if you get harmed/sick! So readjust your thinking...respect yourself and keep yourself safe or you do nobody any good!!!
Second...Don't freak! Like I said...more probelms actually happen from gloved hands not feeling when they have touched a contaminated area! Say you are lining up your stick, but your fingers brush the outside of the alcohol prepped area? Oopsie huh? And that happens all the time...heck try being a paramedic...clean is so subjective dependant on situation! You do what you can in those cases...clean or not (even though you try your darnest) because that IV will save the person and we can treat infections afterwards! Priority!
YOu swabed your finger! Good show! And remember back in micro about natural flora on pts skin...you risk more from a persons own bacteria than your own in most cases! You made a entry with the needle exposing the body to their own bacteria...even if alcohol swiped (do you recall if you touched the cannula/needle elsewhere or perhaps not where you wiped). Don't fret it...because the risk that happened from your incident was so much safer then most IV sticks on a good day!
You weren't doing a central line or picc...so relax a bit...this is not a sterile technique. You start doubting yourself on a IV stick...it will grow to other areas and then you will not trust yourself on anything..and what good is that to anyone? Nip this in the bud, learn from it...move on...and don't doubt yourself so harshly, that isn't a good habit to get into!
*Hugs* You did fine kiddo! Don't fret!
(this message was brought to you by someone that banged her head against the wall and cried non stop for making the slightest mistake in any protocol...till I learned to put things into perspective more....and that was a long road baby! LOL!)
Last edit by Antikigirl on Sep 13, '06