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Pab89 has 7 years experience and specializes in Healthcare Support Worker.

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    Worried about socialising

    Does anyone else feel anxious about going out to see friends and loved ones when you're working in Covid wards or wards with Covid positive patients? I've already had Covid last year, I've had both my vaccines, and I'm always as careful as I can be with regards to PPE and cleaning, and yet I still worry about going out with friends JUST IN CASE I happen to be carrying the virus and JUST IN CASE I transmit the virus to my loved ones (some of which haven't been able to get even their first vaccine). Like everyone else, I want to be able to see my loved ones again, but the anxiety and worry is always there.
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    Crash Team call?

    I am a health care support worker, and tonight, a patient suffered a sudden cardiac arrest. He was found by another support worker, and was already dead when found. She pulled the emergency buzzer, and a staff nurse ran in. She began to call for someone to phone the crash team, but a doctor ran in at that moment, and she stopped mid-sentence to return to the patient. I assumed this meant because a doctor was present that she didn't need the number called. A few minutes pass, and then the support worker that was with the patient came through and put in a call to the crash team herself. However, a few minutes later, she came back to cancel the call as the doctor had determined the patient was dead. A crash team.nonetheless arrived, and they determined that they should try to save him. After 30-45 minutes, the team found that they could do no more and he was officially declared dead. My question is, was I wrong to assume that because the nurse rushed back in with the doctor instead of insisting on a crash team call, that it wasn't needed at that time?
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    Fears of spreading Covid

    I am a Bank Nurse with the NHS, so I work in a variety of wards, some of them Covid. One day, I came to work a tad lightheaded with mucus sitting in my throat. I had had trouble sleeping, and commonly overproduce mucus at this time of year, so I chalked it up to that. Throughout the day, I was constantly clearing my throat, coughing once (though not in front of patients, and while wearing a mask that I immediately changed), but because I didn't display any of the major Covid symptoms (which the NHS say you need to have to qualify for a test), I assumed it was a cold or seasonal allergies, as I am prone to these around this time. A week or so passes, the symptoms die away, and I work in two other wards. I inform the nurses of the phelgm in my throat (they're happy to let me work), and I wear my PPE (visor included as these were Covid wards) and practice proper hand hygiene and distancing where appropriate (my thinking being that even a cold is bad to have). After the week passes, I wake up one day and realise my sense of taste and smell is gone. Immediately, I arrange for a test and call the Bank to cancel future shifts. The test comes back positive, and my mum and I isolate (she also tests postive). I later come to find that the first of the three wards I worked in has since become a Covid ward (it wasn't when I was last there), and now I am of course worried that I am the one that spread the virus here. When the Track and Trace system phoned me, I told them everything about the onset of the loss of smell and taste, but also about the phelgm and the wards I worked in. I was told that they only take into consideration the main symptoms: fever (which I didn't have), loss of senses (which I later had), and continuous cough (mine wasn't continuous). Nonetheless, they took all my information. I would definitely be more aware of this symptoms as a potential Covid symptom were it to happen again, whether it was or wasn't, but I can't help but worry about potential patients and/or staff I may have infected.
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    Haunted by my mistake

    So, I'm not entirely sure if this is the right place to talk about this, but it keeps going over in my head, and I feel the need to talk about it. I'm an auxillary nurse (or Healthcare Support Worker) that works for the Nurse Bank. About a year ago, I was working in a ward, and was collecting in trays from the breakfast run. An elderly patient told me as I was collecting his tray that he was having chest pain (upper left). I told him I would inform his nurse. As soon as I left his room, the thought went completely out of my head as my focus switched to collecting in the trays. After which, I returned to work on the opposite side of the ward for the washes. Just before lunchtime, tge emergency alarm went off and the nurses and doctors rushed to the man's room as he was arresting. The shock then hit me as I remembered that he complained of chest pain not two, two and a half hours ago. At the first available opportunity, I phoned my mum (a qualified nurse) explaining the situation. She tried to console me, saying that he was an unwell man (80 with history of heart failure, but I wasn't aware of this until after the fact), and that in the two hours, any number of people coukd have been in to see him. I returned to work, and I never told anyone on the ward, mainly because I was scared of being deemed incompetent and fired. Since that day, that particular memory haunts me. I have learned my hard lesson from it, and always make it a priority to report chest pain immediately, but I still feel like I should have been reprimanded or punished for my negligence. If anyone has any viewpoints to share, I'd be grateful. Thank you