disclaimer: this entry was written due to the humble request made by saras
as a group leader, i always ask my team members: "have you done any procedures?". every single day, the same question will be asked by me, just because i want to ensure that all my team members get a hands-on experience to the basic procedures. since we are more than welcomed to do the basics in this posting, i urge them to take the opportunity and go ahead and learn to do something, setting up a line, at least.
since i have had my learning experience when i was doing my summer posting in UHKL, i did all my procedures here, straight on the patient. blood withdrawing, brannula setting, biohazard sampling. but because the others haven't done this, i am more than willing to teach them, and most of all, i am more than willing to be the pincushion as i do not want them to panic when faced with a real patient or hurt the patients while doing the procedures.
so today was the second time that saras tried setting a line on me. the first time she did it, she panicked and ended up giving me a thrombosed vein. a week later, chia hwei tried on me, after i gave her and ping ping a little demo on how to do it. and yes, another thrombosed vein for me. but today.... saras... my dear,dear saras....she tried a line on me again, i didn't mind at all. so long my team gets the most in learning things.
problem is, she still paniked, and that made me bleed. i was trying to stop it from dripping on my clothes and hers, by pressing on the vein. but it kept flowing. so i had to let it flow into the kidney dish, which then stained the other things that were in there, which saras just picked up to continue the procedure. i told her to not panic, wipe the blood off first, then continue. while doing so, she kept on apologizing. i told her, it's ok. as long as you learn something, i am happy enough.
but she hit a beautiful vein, which will yield alot of blood if needed and which is patent enough to IV fluids or meds. saras said that she will never forget how to this the next time, i am glad to hear this. in the end, she said "thank God i didn't kill you alia".