Emergency Room Safety?

Posted on: Tue, 03/07/2006 - 8:02am
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We had to take DS to emergency room this weekend when he fell in bathtub and busted his eye open. I have been keeping an organizer full of all his meds and info on his PA/egg allergies which they found helpful. DH was wondered whether we should ask the doc & nurses if they have had any peanut butter, etc, but I said he will be fine since they will be wearing gloves. Two nurses came in right after that and started to strap DS down & prep him when I noticed they did NOT have gloves on. I ran over putting my hands out over DS so they wouldn't touch him, and asked them if either had had peanut butter, etc recently. They both looked at me like I was NUTS and wanted to know why. I guess the one nurse had just eaten a peanut butter sandwich, and explained that she had washed up since then; however, I noticed she did not return to the room later on. Were we going overboard asking?

Posted on: Tue, 03/07/2006 - 8:22am
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Quote:Originally posted by Mommyof4:
[b]Were we going overboard asking?[/b]
Nope. Absolutely not. Just doing your job!

Posted on: Tue, 03/07/2006 - 8:27am
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I also always ask the nurses and Dr's and ask them to wash up again. Too bad if they don't like.... they have all understood and been fine with it in the past.

Posted on: Tue, 03/07/2006 - 8:31am
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medical professional speaking here>>>
[i]It [b]never[/b] hurts to ask them to wash their hands, anyway. Ever heard of MRSA? It doesn't walk into wounds by itself![/i]
[This message has been edited by Daisy (edited March 07, 2006).]

Posted on: Tue, 03/07/2006 - 9:54am
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I've always asked any medical person who isn't wearing gloves to wash their hands before touching me. My primary care didn't blink twice when I told him why. He was like, "How very thoughtful you are of your allergy, it'd be great if more patients spoke up like that."
You never know who just took a small bite of a sandwich, or pb crackers, or peanut M&Ms or something on the way out one door and into the next!
Adrienne
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30-year old survivor of severe peanut/tree nut allergy

Posted on: Tue, 03/07/2006 - 10:19am
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Quote:Originally posted by Daisy:
medical professional speaking here>>>
[i]It [b]never[/b] hurts to ask them to wash their hands, anyway. Ever heard of MRSA?[/i]
....or mrse, c-diff, vre, pseudomonas, esbl....
creepy crawlies folks. I watch where my care giver puts their hands. there's a reason they have sinks in most rooms. and *boxes* of gloves. I mean, it's not like the rooms are autoclaved either. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/tongue.gif[/img]
[i]sometimes, I ask my care giver to remove their gloves, wash their hands and don new ones. [/i] [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/cool.gif[/img]
every once in a while they come through and clean the curtains too......
I mean, DON'T TOUCH MOM BEFORE SHE SHOWERS. Every time I come home, I feel like I'm going through area-51 decon.
Quote:[b][i]It doesn't walk into wounds by itself![/i]
[/b]
I wouldn't be surprised if they found a new strain that did.... [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img]
[This message has been edited by MommaBear (edited March 07, 2006).]

Posted on: Tue, 03/07/2006 - 10:32am
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[b]MommaBear[/b]
Right there with you...something about turning 40 and I'm not afraid anymore.
me to Doc, nurse, phlebotomist:[i]Please, could you wash your hands? And put some gloves on? And don't roll your eyes at me, either![/i]
I'm sure there are lots of funny, secret notations in my chart. Good!

Posted on: Wed, 03/08/2006 - 1:06am
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We always ask what they have eaten/been in contact with and repeatedly remid them of our sons allergy. Who cares if they look at you like you are crazy. If it keeps your children safe that's all that matters. We're all human even the best medical professionals can make mistakes.

Posted on: Wed, 03/08/2006 - 1:10am
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They should wash their hands and wear gloves anyway.
I would absolutely ask if they had eaten any pb before letting them touch my child. When I take him to get his hair cut, I always ask because the person doing it has their hands all over his head and face.

Posted on: Wed, 03/08/2006 - 6:44am
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As somone with a latex allergy, I ask all medical personnel to wash their hands as soon as they see me. I've only had one lady give me lip and I informed her that her supervisor wouldn't be happy to hear that she was putting a patient at risk (she had *just* taken latex gloves off).
Everyone else has always accomodated my wishes without complaint--I'm usually *THANKED* for being proactive.
ygg

Posted on: Thu, 03/09/2006 - 2:52am
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Well it certainly is good to hear that I wasn't being too fussy. All DS has had so far are skin reactions and some swelling, but I don't want to take any chances. I never even thought about all the infections either.
It's funny how I would never have thought of these little details of everyday things that could result in one of my babies becoming ill before DS was diagnosed with his allergies. Now I look at every situation suspiciously.

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