Friday, January 22, 2010

Gloves Aren't Necessary?

Today I had a home nurse come to give Kimble a special RSV shot that he will get once a month, for four months. It is a special vaccine for cardiac babies, to prevent RSV. Anyway, the lady came. She was in her late 50's or early 60's and drove a big truck. I could tell right away that an older lady was driving it, for when she chose to back up into my driveway, it took her 5 minutes to do so, and she still ended up halfway parked on my front lawn.

When she came in, she apologized for being late, then right away went to touch Kimble, who I was holding in my arms. I backed away, because I don't let anyone touch him before they have sanitized themselves. Seriously. You are a nurse! You should know better than to bring germs to my baby, especially since you are a traveling nurse, and might have just come from someone else's house.

We moved to the table, where she went over some paperwork for me, and made small talk about how my baby looked to her. "That cleft lip is nothing! Oh, you are still nursing him, huh?" He looks like he is growing good!"

I get her the vaccine and all the syringes, etc, that came with it, and she got it ready. I was about to suggest to her to wash up, when she pulled out a little bottle of hand sanitizer. Well, I guess that's ok, although I would really have liked her to wash with soap for 1 minute and then use the sanitizer spray.

She prepared the syringe with the vaccine, then started coming towards me and baby and said "I'll just inject this into his thigh right now."

Once again, I pulled away from her and said "Aren't you going to wear gloves?" She said "Oh, most of us that are nurses for this long don't really wear gloves."

I stared at her.

She said "But of course I can put some on if that is what you are comfortable with."

She put on the gloves. Then said "Don't really need gloves, especially if we are just doing vaccinations."

I stared at her again. I honestly couldn't believe that she thought gloves weren't necessary. You are dealing with needles and syringes and medications and vaccinations. You are injecting my baby. If you don't want to protect yourself, then at least protect my baby! I don't care how old you are and how long you've been a nurse. It seems a contradiction to me. I say the longer you've been a nurse, the more you've seen, and the more you would want to use gloves!

Anyway, she left with a happy smile and a waddle out the door, saying she'd see me next month for his next dose.

Hmph. I don't like her.

I actually called the company after she left, to complain about the lack of sanitation. As I was talking with the lady about my concerns, she didn't seem to be concerned about it. She said "ok. I'll talk to her later about it" and then she asked if we had already set up the appointment for next month...kinda like she was dismissing it. Once again, I am annoyed. She should have expressed concern, apologized for it, and assured me that it wouldn't happen again. Instead, I got nothin'.

I'll for sure be more forceful next month with her washing up and using gloves...something that I shouldn't have to ask for.


Sheri said...

Seriously?! I had a home health nurse in the past for ME and she always walked in and sanitized her hands in the sink and then again with alcohol. I am appalled! Good on you for saying something!

Heidi said...

AMEN!! Thank goodness Kimble has you for a Mommy. We are our childrens only advocates! It is our job to protect them.

I don't blame you at all! I would have done the same thing.

Colleen said...

I am so glad you stood up for what you felt was right for Kimble! Especially because you are TOTALLY right! Not only is it disturbing that she felt that way, but that the company didn't seem to think it was a big deal at all. Yikes!

Tonya said...

Good for you! We are our childrens biggest advocates, and I am glad you spoke up! Better to be safe than sorry!

Adri said...


Dal had to get that RSV shot, too, for 2 winter seasons.

Do you think you can call your insurance company and request a different company?

Maynards said...

Wow! I don't know what else to say. Wow.

rad6 said...

ok, I think i would take it to the next level. Someone should seriously care about that!!

he is so sweet. keep protecting him mother bear!!

kdaygirl said...

Good for you, for calling and complaining. I would ask for someone else to come the next time...maybe someone younger?
If not stand your ground and be waiting at the door with a bottle of spray for her to use!
What a weirdo!

Shavonne said...

I can see that happening, especially when you said her age. Alot (but not all) of the older generation nurses are not as fastidious about gloves. In the past 10-15 years, they have really been drumming in the risk not only to the patients, but to US of bodily fluid transmission. It's too bad, because you can at least protect Kimble, but she's the one putting herself at risk with all the other people she doesn't protect herself against.

Jed and Kera said...

Oh! That is just not right! Holy Cow! I am a Class A Germ Freak... can't help mom made both, my brother and me that way. But I am sick a lot less then most people. AND that is nothing compared to a small baby who needs the closest watch! AND INJECTIONS! I know how you feel though. You don't want to "put them in there place" but what else can you do!?

Queen of Chaos said...

Hmpf- I don't like her either! What a retarded nurse. And she's the one you'll have come every month? I BET she'll wear gloves next time. haha

SarahB said...

Ugg! Good for you insisting she wear gloves and for calling the company. I hope you get a different nurse next time!

kendra said...

WOW... that would upset me too. Hello? RSV SHOTS - obviously his health is already a bit comprimised to need the shots in the first place. Duh! You did the right thing.

courtney said...

I think Adri's idea is the best. Call your insurance company and see if you can get a different company to come.

I hate it when you call a company up and they treat you like a child or that your concerns are not important. Whenever that happens to me, I tell Jared and he plays the enforcer for me.

Sara said...

That's appalling. I would say don't let that woman in the door again. Not after what you have been through with Kimble. Mama Bear, you are his advocate and I fully back you up!