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    Does this sound ok?

    Dear Sir/Madam,
    My daughter was admitted to the ER recently with a needle in her foot. When i was asked if her vaccinations were up to date i said 'no, she hasnt had any'.
    I was advise that she may need a tetanus shot, which i agreed to.
    She was sedated to remove the needle and was given the tetanus shot. I asked the nurse on duty 'is this shot JUST tetanus?' she said 'yes, just tetanus'.
    Later, at home i was reading over the discharge papers and is said 'tetanus/diptheria vaccine given'.
    Please let me just say, i am not complaining about the care we were give, it was and always has been great. What concerns me is that i was told the wrong/incomplete thing. While i dont think i would have declined the shot, had i been told it contained the diptheria vaccination too, i feel like i should say something.
    It could be just a case of the nurses not being fully informed as to what is in the shot, or possibly even just misunderstanding my question.
    The nurse who was attending was a lovely lady, she was caring, gentle and very helpful. I worry though that maybe she wasnt fully aware of what was in the shot.

    Thank you

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    Quote Originally Posted by meredithgrey View Post
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    Seriously guys though, OP wanted to know if she had a right to be upset that her child was giving a vaccination for that she didn't explicitly consent for.

    Posters advised her that yes she was and offered advice on where to go to next (patient liaison, nurse manager of ED etc) to ensure that the mistake doesn't happen again.

    To me the reasons as to why OP doesn't want to vaccinate are irrelevant in this thread, the main issue was informed consent.

    Let's leave it there, and if you want to keep debating start a new thread in an appropriate section.

    I thought (my own) questions were relevant as I thought the OP was posting in the 'pro non vac' section yet seemed to be pro-vac in her stance. I do apologise and see it was a simple consent question and nothing more - the section posted in threw me! I genuinely didn't realise you weren't allowed to post in certain sections if you want to question those things. There's a 'debate it' section - got it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ellewood View Post
    I thought (my own) questions were relevant as I thought the OP was posting in the 'pro non vac' section yet seemed to be pro-vac in her stance. I do apologise and see it was a simple consent question and nothing more - the section posted in threw me! I genuinely didn't realise you weren't allowed to post in certain sections if you want to question those things. There's a 'debate it' section - got it!
    The OP is not pro vax.

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    I think thats great LoisLane

    Meredith Grey's just makes the timeline a bit clearer as yours is a little off about when you ask "is it just tetanus" - so is good
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    Quote Originally Posted by meredithgrey View Post
    I've reworded it a little bit, feel free to ignore me.

    Dear Sir/Madam,
    My daughter (insert name) was admitted to Emergency on (insert date) with a needle in her foot. When I was asked if her vaccinations were up to date, I replied 'no, she hasnt had any’.

    I was advised that she may need a tetanus shot, which I agreed to.

    I asked the nurse looking after my daughter 'is this shot JUST tetanus?’ and she said 'yes, just tetanus’.

    She was sedated to remove the needle and was given the tetanus vaccination.


    Later, at home I was reading over the discharge papers and it said 'tetanus/diptheria vaccine given’. This is different to what the nurse told me earlier. It concerns me that I was given incorrect information.


    Whilst I don't think I would have declined the vaccination if I’d known it was the combined tetanus/diptheria vaccine, I feel that I did not provide informed consent for the combined vaccine as I believed it only contained a tetanus vaccination.

    I am unsure if the nurse misunderstood my question or if she is misinformed about the vaccination contains. Whilst she was caring, gentle and very helpful, it worries me that she may not be aware of the vaccine contents.

    Aside from this, the care my daughter received on this occasion was great as has been our previous experiences with Emergency at (insert hospital name)

    I look forward to hearing from you regarding this incident.



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    This sounds perfect. Explains the situation with being confrontational.

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    Quote Originally Posted by meredithgrey View Post
    I've reworded it a little bit, feel free to ignore me.

    Dear Sir/Madam,
    My daughter (insert name) was admitted to Emergency on (insert date) with a needle in her foot. When I was asked if her vaccinations were up to date, I replied 'no, she hasnt had any’.

    I was advised that she may need a tetanus shot, which I agreed to.

    I asked the nurse looking after my daughter 'is this shot JUST tetanus?’ and she said 'yes, just tetanus’.

    She was sedated to remove the needle and was given the tetanus vaccination.


    Later, at home I was reading over the discharge papers and it said 'tetanus/diptheria vaccine given’. This is different to what the nurse told me earlier. It concerns me that I was given incorrect information.


    Whilst I don't think I would have declined the vaccination if I’d known it was the combined tetanus/diptheria vaccine, I feel that I did not provide informed consent for the combined vaccine as I believed it only contained a tetanus vaccination.

    I am unsure if the nurse misunderstood my question or if she is misinformed about the vaccination contains. Whilst she was caring, gentle and very helpful, it worries me that she may not be aware of the vaccine contents.

    Aside from this, the care my daughter received on this occasion was great as has been our previous experiences with Emergency at (insert hospital name)

    I look forward to hearing from you regarding this incident.



    Thank you
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    I think the last line isn't specific enough, and could be ignored. The letter also doesn't state what action you'd like them to take. E apology letter, change t how they gain consent etc.

    I would finish with ... I request a formal reply to my letter with the following concerns addressed ..

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    I am pro-vaxx and yes, I would be very annoyed. I choose to vaccinate but that is my informed choice. If I asked if a vaccination is "JUST Tetanus" and am confirmed that is the case then I expected it to BE just Tetanus. How are you supposed to correctly monitor for adverse reactions/account for said vaccination in the future if you're believing one scenario has occurred when in fact it's completely different. I would be furious and I like the letter you've written!


 

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