"Hospital hygiene and protocol"
About: Raigmore Hospital / General Medicine Raigmore Hospital General Medicine IV2 3UJ
Posted by ConcernedSpouse (as ),
My husband was having a shunt removed from his hand which had been used for IV purposes. The nurse removed it and in doing so, accidentally dropped the cotton ball which they'd had in their hand on to the floor.
Before either of us could react the nurse scooped it up off the floor and applied it to my husband's bleeding hand. We were horrified.
The hospital we knew had recently had a c. diff outbreak but we hadn't seen much cleaning being done on the particular ward he was on (we did see cleaning staff busy making deep-cleaning the ward above which had been affected by c. diff that week). So this was just awful.
Not surprisingly (though not a result of the contaminated cotton ball), my husband went home and discovered soon thereafter that he had peritonitis - contracted after he had been moved up to that supposedly-deep-cleaned ward! Not confidence-inspiring, to say the least.