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pediatrician practices for opening syringes for immunization in front of parents

Discussion in 'Professional, Medical Malpractice' started by axescot, Nov 1, 2019.

  1. axescot

    axescot Law Topic Starter New Member

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    My child has had all his regular immunization shots and is going for another next week. When I thought about it, I realized in all of those visits the nurse comes in with syringes pre-loaded. They were opened and loaded outside of the room that my wife and I were in and never did we observe the opening/loading. I am in California and I thought the law was to open syringes in front of the patient. The doctor is otherwise excellent but is it something I should be concerned about?
     
  2. zddoodah

    zddoodah Well-Known Member

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    Why did you think that? I did a text search for "syringe" at the California Legislative Information website and found no evidence of such a law. I also ran a google search and found no evidence of a law (or even a preferred or suggested practice), regardless of state.

    Whether you should or shouldn't be concerned about something is (1) not a legal issue, and (2) something that you must decide for yourself.

    If you're concerned about something, feel free to discuss it with your doctor and/or his/her staff.
     
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    adjusterjack Super Moderator

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    Concerned enough to talk to the doctor but not enough to take up space on two websites.
     
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  4. justblue

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    It *seems* to me that OP is looking for validation on his concern before , potentially, embarrassing him/herself at the Pedi's office.

    IMO is is reasonable to ask that the syringe be opened and filled in your view.
     
  5. zddoodah

    zddoodah Well-Known Member

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    Not at all unreasonable, but it has nothing to do with the law.
     
  6. justblue

    justblue Well-Known Member

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    Yes. I know that. :)
     
  7. army judge

    army judge Super Moderator

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    I suggest you discuss your concerns with the physician, his management, your insurer, and NOT with internet strangers.

    It is best to keep one's private business private.
     
  8. axescot

    axescot Law Topic Starter New Member

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    I was under the impression that there is a law that requires nurses and doctors to open syringes and needles in front of the patient before doing blood draws or drug administration. I can't remember if this is a state or federal law and when I did a search, I couldn't find anything on it. Even if there is, I don't know how applies to pediatricians since I am not the patient. Yes, I do plan on talking to the doctor about it but I wanted to go in with knowledge beforehand. And that's why I am asking. As for taking up space, don't worry about it, it's all virtual anyway. Maybe you should try taking up space in a more constructive way.
     
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    army judge Super Moderator

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    Then do your research, or hire a lawyer to research it, then take whatever action you deem appropriate.

    By the way, do you think every restaurant in the country handles your food preparation properly?

    When you order beef, ever wonder if you're being served goat?
     
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  10. justblue

    justblue Well-Known Member

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    :rolleyes:
     
  11. cbg

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    So far, the available evidence would indicate that there is no such law and your impression is incorrect. Where did you get this idea? Perhaps knowing that would help narrow things down.
     
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  12. justblue

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    Yes, but I'm not asking why she is concerned. I am asking what she has heard or read that led her to believe such a law existed.
     
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    Maybe you should be looking for a new medical practice to go to if you have such distrusl of the professional staff at your current one.

    You're being ridiculously paranoid.
     
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  15. axescot

    axescot Law Topic Starter New Member

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    Yes, I have thought that. But why not take extra precautions as necessary.

    I vaguely remember something being in the news a long time ago but can't remember when. I could be wrong as memory isn't always fail safe. However, I have noticed that whenever I get blood work done, that needles are always opened in front of me, and I've been to a few different clinics.

    Now that I think about it, I think I saw it as a requirement for blood banks when donating blood.
     
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    Then all you have to do is ask in a very calm, polite, professional manner, "Would you please open any needles or syringes that you plan to use on my child in our presence? Thank you so very much for helping ease my suspicions."
     
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  18. axescot

    axescot Law Topic Starter New Member

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    Refer to an earlier post for a response to this.
     
  19. cbg

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    And the minute the OP uses the word "suspicions" instead of "concerns", I would be politely suggesting that the OP find herself another doctor.
     
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