Target: Alan Kohll, President of TotalWellness
Goal: Ensure all nurses contracted by TotalWellness are properly trained after nurse allegedly vaccinated 67 people using the same syringe.
A nurse contracted by TotalWellness was allegedly found to have not followed proper procedures or safe techniques while administering flu shots to employees of Otsuka Pharmaceutical. The nurse was enlisted to vaccinate a group of employees when she was stopped after allegedly being found to be reusing a syringe. She had reportedly injected 67 of the employees before she was found to not be replacing the syringe. The needle of the flu shot was allegedly switched in between patients but the syringe was kept the same.
Reusing a syringe while administering shots can lead to the spread of diseases, such as hepatitis or HIV. Infected blood can remain in the syringe and be injected into the next patient. Along with using the same syringe on multiple patients, the nurse also allegedly used the wrong vaccine on the patients. The employees are now forced to undergo a second round of vaccinations as well as testing for diseases that may have been transmitted.
TotalWellness provides flu shots to many companies, some that employ over 100,000 people. A company that is responsible for so many people’s health and well being needs to ensure that the nurses they contract with are properly trained and can provide proper safeguard to their clients. Sign this petition and urge TotalWellness to ensure the nurses they contract go through training and are monitored to ensure a risky incident such as this one does not happen again.
Dear Mr. Kohll,
Your company, TotalWellness, recently contracted a nurse to administer the flu shot to employees of Otsuka Pharmaceutical. The nurse allegedly neglected proper procedures and reused a syringe during the injections. The nurse also reportedly used the wrong vaccine. She had allegedly injected 67 of Otsuka’s employees before someone discovered she had not been replacing the syringe in between injections.
This incident could have been devastating had a serious disease, such as HIV or hepatitis, been involved. The syringe could have held infected blood and been transferred from patient to patient. Because of these mistakes, the employees have to be tested for diseases that could have been transmitted and administered the vaccine over again.
I urge you to ensure all nurses enlisted to inject shots are properly trained. They must be aware of safeguards to protect your clients from infection and ensure they receive proper, sterile injections.
[Your Name Here]
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