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Nurse uses same needle on patients for months

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by FLmomof5 FLmomof5 (Member)

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more than 50 cancer pateints will have to wait an agonizing three months to find out whether they have been infected with hiv, after a new south wales clinic used one needle on patients for two months.

http://www.foxnews.com/health/2011/02/09/nurse-allegedly-used-needle-patients-months/?intcmp=prn_baynote-js_nurse_allegedly_used_same_needle_on_patients_for_two_months

wow. i don't even know where to start on this one....

Edited by NRSKarenRN
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wishinguponastarLPN works as a LPN.

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ummm...did this nurse not get an orientation or any type of training on their accu-check machine?? How does this happen?

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Indy has 5 years experience.

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It looks like a thing made for home use, similar to the insulin pens. It says "drum of 6 preloaded lancets" and I have never handled the thing. But seriously, it doesn't look like it is suited to use on a whole bunch of patients in a clinic setting. My question though, is how many needles did the nurse think were in this thing, 60? She used it 53 times without once thinking, wow where does it keep all those needles??

Edit: Upon reading further at the product's website, it specifically states that the design prevents you from re-selecting a used lancet. I guess you click to go to the next one, but you can either not click at all and keep reusing the same one, and you also can not go back and reuse all 6 of them. I think the design is definitely flawed, even for home use. But come on people, it should be obvious that you have to change a lancet sometime.

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Jessy_RN has 13 years experience.

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My heart goes out to those patients that were put at risk. I can't believe to imagine that the nurse thought this thing had an endless needle supply. It's not a lead pencil for crying out loud!

Seems like no common sense would have hit after a few days not a month. I don't know.

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KeyMaster has 30 years experience and works as a Perioperative Clinical Development Specialist.

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If you do not possess the basic critical thinking skills necessary to recognize the need to understand how a piece of physically invasive equipment works you do not need to be in direct care....

If you do not possess the basic critical thinking skills necessary to question "hmmm, where do all those contaminated needles go?" you do not need to be in direct patient care....

In my hospital we are required to prove blood glucose monitoring competency by testing and by demonstration each year. How did this nurse never have to demonstrate even basic skill with this equipment?

Then again, the article never states that the nurse was licensed. Was it an RN or LPN or did the author say nurse when they really meant "person employed by an MD with minimal on the job training"?

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cherryames1949 has 27 years experience and works as a home health.

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In hindsight, all mistakes look foolish or incompetent. It is easy to take aim at this nurse. I am sure that she is "shattered". Mistakes happen every day in every health care venue. The answer is always vigilance and education. My heart goes out to all involved.

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Mommy&RN has 6+ years experience and works as a RN.

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Then again, the article never states that the nurse was licensed. Was it an RN or LPN or did the author say nurse when they really meant "person employed by an MD with minimal on the job training"?

This was my thought

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Cessna172 has 12 years experience and works as a FNP.

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I have often wondered why nurses have to go thru annual accucheck competency checks, and I just assumed there are some really dangerous nurses out there. Well, I finally have an answer, yes! Common sense is not something you can teach, you either have it or don't. Come on, over 50 sticks with the same lance. I looked this product up, it should have never been in the clinic anyway. And why doesn't the manufacturer simply print on the device a simple instruction to twist the top to change lancets so no one has to guess?

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gonzo1 has 15 years experience.

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The whole world is going to hell in a handbasket. Everyday the news is worse and worse

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Didn't it get incredibly dull and didn't she have trouble getting a stick after a while??

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here's a scary thought, who oriented her? and did that person also assume the needle changed automatically? this is just awful for everyone involved.

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silverbat has 22 years experience and works as a Care Coordination.

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was this person truly a trained, licensed professional, or was she someone more like a nurses aid, without adequate training? I am aware that some ndividuals are put in situations they are not qualified for especially in low-income populations. maybe she was a willing soul, but not a trained one...

My heart goes out to all those tested, and to her, as well.....

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