Watch out for Cross-infection at Hospitals

This year 2016 has been an interesting one so far, at least for me.


One of the unfortunate things though, is the news of the spread of Lassa Fever in the country.
We have to bear in mind, that it is the not the first outbreak of the disease in Nigeria, but we still need to take precaution all the same.

Today, i want to share an experience I had at the hospital on Monday 25th January with you.
The sunday before had been an uneventful one, except i had the worst abdominal pains and tummy upset all night. I did not get any sleep. Yet tired and dehydrated i made my way to the office.
But it was a struggle staying focused as i felt so terribly ill through the day and had to leave for the hospital after break time.

I made my way to my registered health care provider at Surulere (i don't want to name names). After seeing the GP, she advised i run some tests at the lab. I made my way to the ground floor were the lab is. As i made my way in, a man in a lab coat was on his way out and asked me to have a seat. I noticed he was wearing disposable gloves, the type used in hospitals (the white kind). 

                                  Image result for medical examination gloves
                                  Source: hospitcare.com

Shortly afterwards he re-appeared wearing the same gloves. He was to take a blood sample and the following conversation ensued:

LAB TECHNICIAN: raise up your shirt sleeves and make a fist

NELO: sorry o, don't be offended, do you mind changing your gloves?

LAB TECHNICIAN: you prefer i change them?

NELO: Yes please, i noticed they are the same ones you wore out. (he tapped a colleague upon his return, God knows what else he touched, or other blood samples or body fluid, *cringe*)

LAB TECHNICIAN: ehen, what makes you think i touched anything with those gloves *hiss*

NELO: Please change them, thank you.

He did change them but only because i insisted. But i like to say, i know my right even in the hospital, and it is the norm for disposable gloves to be used when taking blood samples and body fluid as well as some medical examinations. It is also the norm for these to be changed to prevent dissemination of germs.

The researcher in me though, i had to know more: 

"Gloves on 
1) Before a sterile procedure 
2) When anticipating contact with blood or another body fluid, regardless of the existence of sterile conditions and including contact with non-intact skin and mucous membrane 
3) Contact with a patient (and his/her immediate surroundings) during contact precautions. 

Gloves off 
1) As soon as gloves are damaged (or non-integrity suspected) 
2) When contact with blood, another body fluid, non-intact skin and mucous membrane has occurred and has ended
3) When contact with a single patient and his/her surroundings, or a contaminated body site on a patient has ended 
4) When there is an indication for hand hygiene."

(http://www.who.int/gpsc/5may/Glove_Use_Information_Leaflet.pdf)

So when next you are at the hospital be on the look out.

Wishing you a productive day.

6 comments

  1. Good information....I will be watchful now when in hospital. Information is the very key to survival. God bless you

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  2. Nice 1, thanks for the information

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  3. It amazes me that he even asked "what makes you think i touched anything with those gloves".....even as a lab technician with all the health scare around now,smh !!..Thanks for the Info.

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    1. ridiculous right? and the funny twist is, he now proceeded to delay my test result and planned to make me wait for 4 hours for what should have been one hour. thank God for the sensible doctor who intervened.

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