​Nurse uses infusion tube on multiple patients in southern Vietnam

The hospital is considering her position

A doctor prepares a vaccination shot in this photo illustration. Photo: Reuters

A nurse in southern Vietnam could be dismissed from her job after she was filmed using one infusion tube on multiple patients last month.

The nurse, Giang Hong, was captured on August 28 by one of her patients who was receiving treatment at the An Giang Hospital of Maternity and Pediatrics in An Giang Province, located in the Mekong Delta.

According to the female patient, who asked to be identified only by her initials M.K.P., she had seen Hong doing the same thing on August 27, but it was not until the act was repeated the next day that she decided to capture it on camera.

P. said she had sent the clip to the hospital’s board of directors, which issued an apology and asked her to delete the evidence.

“I demanded that my blood be tested for any transmittable disease, since the nurse also used the shared infusion tube on me,” P. said. “However, I never received the results from the hospital. It was not until later that the hospital’s director messaged me on Facebook and returned my results.”

P. added that the nurse and her family members visited her on Saturday to apologize, though she said they did not seem at all apologetic.

Tran Quang Hien, director of the An Giang Hospital of Maternity and Pediatrics, agreed that Giang Hong had violated guidelines on the use of medical equipment.

He maintained, however, that there was little chance any disease could be transmitted because of her actions, as only the infusion tube was re-used while the needles had been changed.

“I have asked Hong to write a formal report,” Hien said. “In the next week, we will assemble a disciplinary council to consider Hong’s dismissal if her actions are found to be unacceptable.”

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