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Started by ANNE GILES
Posted: July 17, 2004 at 15:57
I have to attend the Phlebotomy Dept. at Mayday Hospital in Croydon once a month for a blood test. The room is tiny and crowded, hot and lacking in ventilation. The patients are usually quite dirty (this is the slummy area of Croydon) and the hospital is riddled with the MRSA bug. The staff tap each patient's skin prior to inserting the needle and go from patient to patient doing the same, without ever washing their hands. In the past alcohol wipes have been used to clean the area where the vein is - now they are no longer used. Should I report it?
Reply #1 by peter
Posted: July 22, 2004 at 02:44
It is recommended that staff decontaminate their hands between evry patient contact so you have a right to mention it to them.

Reply #2 by Carole
Posted: July 25, 2004 at 19:59
Anne yes you must report it............and also make a note of who to, the time, the date and the Dept. We need to report everything that appears out of order.
Reply #3 by j black
Posted: August 4, 2004 at 17:12
i'm a nurse working on a ward that is solely for patients with mrsa. I've also had phlebotomy training. It is no longer recommended that the skin is cleaned for a simple blood test BUT phlebotomists and any person taking blood MUST wash their hands and wear gloves for this procedure. It is also essential that hands are rewashed and gloves changed between each patient. If this is not done, mrsa can be spread from patient to patient via direct contact
Reply #4 by Cherrie
Posted: August 5, 2004 at 11:29
I work in the health profession and I'm sometimes surprised by the poor standards with regards to infection control. I agree with the previous respondents. Hands need to be decontaminated between clients and you do have a right to report any practice you feel is not up to standard. There are campaigns in various trusts highlighting the need for users of services to take on more responsibility and questioning poor practice.
Reply #5 by GLORIA
Posted: October 23, 2004 at 17:34
As I've said before, it is now up to us, the patients, not just to timidly mention these things, we must INSIST on anyone putting on fresh gloves before carrying out any invasive procedures on us. I have to have many blood tests at the moment and no-one at King George Hospital, Goodmayes, or Oldchurch Hospital, Romford, ever puts on fresh gloves between each patient. Now I firmly, but never rudely, insist that they wash their hands and don clean gloves before taking my blood. Many of them are quite affronted, lots of them quickly agree that I am right, and NONE of them have ever refused to do so. If they did I would just ask for someone else to take my blood. I no longer worry about hurting their feelings, it's survival of the fittest and I do not intend to contract MRSA again if I can help it!
Reply #6 by Derek Butler
Posted: October 23, 2004 at 21:12
J Black,
In answer to your comment about it is no longer recommended to clean the skin before taking a blood sample,i have to say that it amazes me that you have been told to do this by your management,but then again it shouldn't suprise me at all in the NHS.I have been giving blood for over 25 years and every time they clean the skin before inserting the needle that draws the blood from my arm,why is that i wonder???.I have worked for the same company for 27 years and they have a first class medical department,even to the extent that it has a small opreating theater and 6 bed ward for emergencies,yet on everyone of my annual medicals they have taken a sample of blood for testing,and they have always cleaned the skin because as they have said,if i am carring any bachterium on my skin that will kill them of,and that it will prevent any from entering my body as well,and that is why i am suprised by the attitude of your management.
Reply #7 by Joan
Posted: April 29, 2007 at 22:45
Hello Anne - My Mum & Dad died in Mayday, Croydon - the care they received in resuscitation was good but the after care they received on the wards was abysmal - they would of received better care in Outer Mongolia.
Thornton Heath must be one of the dirtest places on Earth.
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