Quote from Newstudent4
i just recently learned to give injections and I signed up for a clinic to get more practice. I was so nervous I completely forgot to use an alcohol swab on their skin. I feel so bad, but none of my preceptors were around so no one saw me. Obviously I'll know better for next time but should I do anything about it? I just feel really guilty and can't believe it slipped my mind.
This is a problem with how our country works, and you'd think teaching an understanding of this stuff would be something we're taught early being in school for healthcare.
In normal conditions, it's very hard to get an infection from a clean needle. That bacteria that's on your skin, your body is going to kill it, that's what your immune system is for. But there's tons of other factors that can increase that risk, like other wounds, immune system problems... But it's still very hard to get an infection from that needle. He's not going to get an infection because you forgot to clean his skin one time. But it lowers the chance when you do remember to clean it. It's low enough of a chance that he might never get infected from a single needle stick his entire life, but again, that's under normal conditions. Some people are going to have problems that give them a noticeably higher chance. But there's also a chance that they'll also never get a single infection. It all comes down to "is this the unlucky injection?"
The whole point is odds. If 1 in 1,000 injections cause an infection, any injection could be that 1. But it's way more likely that injection will be that one than if it was 1 in 100,000. The point of cleaning first is to lower the chance that the injection that patient is getting is the one that leads to infection, and to lower the chance that the injection you're giving is the one that leads to infection. If you're taking insulin 3 times a day for 30 years, you have a high chance of getting an infection at some point. And if you're giving 20 insulin injections a day, 3 days a week, for 10 years, it's a high chance you're going to cause an infection at some point. All you're doing is creating a bigger time frame for where that unlucky situation might come up.