Friday, June 13, 2008
OSHA + JACHO= FUBAR
Never let a doctor start an IV!!!! To help pay for school I was an orderly and then an IV tech. I used to be able to start and IV on a turnip, but wait. We now have these special catheters that have been redesigned to prevent needle sticks by making them almost impossible to use. On top of that, they are 5 times more expensive! To start an IV we first would put in a tourniquet, look for a vein, prep it with alcohol and then stick the needle into the vein and advance the catheter over the needle. One it was in, you pulled out the needle and hooked it up. But wait, now we have to use a prepacked, disposable special preping swab and then use this thing that is spring loaded so that once the needle hits the vein you are supposed to press this little button that may or may not work that retracts the needle into the hub. In reality it sticks and you cant get the catheter off the thing, the patient bleeds and you blow the vein and have to start again on the other arm. Isn't it great! I wonder if the OSHA and JACHO guys are working for the company that makes these thing. It seems we have to use a lot more of the catheters becuase they just suck. The good thing is that I found a stash of the old IV catheters. Dont tell the JACHO Nazis.