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dont trust hospital staff - they get things wrong

(9 Posts)
beanzontowst Thu 14-May-15 12:29:26

Hi sorry if this just sounds like a rant but I am 30 wks preg and I have a disability. I also have allergic reactions to many things in hospitals, plasters, rubber many others. Everytime I go to my apts, the nurse will have gloves on to take my bloods and then gives me attitude when I tell her I'm allergic to them despite it being in bold in my notes.
3 times I have seen the consultant and she gave me advice which she then backtracked at the nxt apt. Some advice she has given, if id taken it, would of been dangerous I've since found out.
Because my disability is not very common, the staff don't know anything about it and don't listen or understand when I try to tell them.
Im at the only hospital within 3 hrs and tried asking for different staff but as its a massive hosp told that's not possible.
Dreading giving birth as I just can't trust them. Simple things like exposing me to an allergy is dangerous.
Ok rant over!! How can I even start to deal with this as I am useless with confrontation. Please help.

mrsfazruns Thu 14-May-15 12:58:57

Most of the gloves that are used in the hospital now are latex free but it's good to remind them just in case!

mummybare Thu 14-May-15 13:07:41

Who do you have to be your birth partner? You need them to be your advocate when you are giving birth so that you can concentrate on the job in hand. You really don't need these worries when you are in labour and feeling safe and at ease with the people and surroundings can be a huge contributor to a more straightforward experience.

Write a birth plan and go through it with your partner and make sure they will get all hcps to read it.

Perhaps hiring a doula might help too - their job is to make sure your wishes and requirements are taken into account when you are giving birth.

stargirl1701 Thu 14-May-15 13:08:34

I agree with the PP. A doula would be a great idea.

beanzontowst Thu 14-May-15 13:10:05

Yes they are but you've just done What they do, I have a bad allergy to all rubber its not just latex. I do phone ahead to let them know but again despite me telling them rubber, they only make allowances for latex.

mrsfazruns Thu 14-May-15 20:29:58

I'm sorry I didn't mean to do that and I didn't see the rubber part!!! Have you tried contacting the complaints service or someone more senior at the hospital?

beanzontowst Thu 14-May-15 21:03:50

Its ok don't apologise, everyone does the same thing prob cos it not so well heard of. Really no idea how or where to start to complain. :-(

meandmyduvet Thu 14-May-15 21:15:14

Latex is a natural protein from the sap of the rubber tree.
Latex-free gloves do not contain this protein, they are completely synthetic, not containing any natural rubber.
Health care professionals need to protect themselves and are required to wear gloves, and in your case they will wear non-latex gloves (I work in healthcare and haven't come across any alternatives).
Allergies to synthetic rubber in non-latex products also exist, this is due to chemicals, not proteins.

Allergies can vary from contact sensitivities (e.g. rash) to life-threatening anaphylaxis (swelling of the airways, low blood pressure).
Your health care professionals will act according to your type of allergy. Latex (protein) allergies are associated with a range of reactions, including anaphylaxis.
Allergies to non-latex gloves can cause contact dermatitis (itchy rash) and other skin sensitivities, but are not associated with life-threatening allergic anaphylactic reactions. Unless you wear the gloves yourself for a prolonged period, you should not be affected by being touched with professionals wearing non-latex gloves.

Very rarely, synthetic non-latex gloves may become contaminated with latex during the manufacturing process. Therefore if you have a latex allergy with previous anaphylaxis, those looking after you will remain vigilant at all times for the signs and symptoms of anaphylaxis even when wearing non-latex containing gloves.

Sorry if complicated or if you know all this already! I hope it helps.
I know you can't do anything about it whilst pregnant.. but it would be very helpful after the pregnancy if you got your GP to refer you to a dermatologist for skin prick testing. Then the exact triggers can be identified and documented. This would hopefully reduce the confusion amongst those looking after you.. it can be frustrating I know!

Everythingsgonewonky Thu 14-May-15 21:32:33

Could you actually take gloves with you? what gloves would be suitable?
could you have a home birth?
you could speak to PALS at the hospital, this opens communication lines and hopefully a resolution can be found for you without a complaint as such. I know many people would be worried making a complaint, when it's about the very people you want to be looking after you! Do you have a specialist for your disability? could they liase with the obstetric team?

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