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"Removing an IV cannula from a septic patient"

About: St John Ambulance WA

(as a service user),

Recently, my spouse was taken to hospital from a nursing post with sepsis.

IV cannula was in their arm for treatment and it took nursing staff 3 attempts to insert this due to their sepsis.

At the hospital waiting area - my spouse was 'handed over' to another ambulance crew, so that the rural team could travel home (as it was in the middle of the night).

I recall a volunteer ambulance officer - who told my spouse they used to volunteer up at the nursing post- removed their cannula from their arm saying that they don't need this anymore- before any medical team had even seen my spouse!

This cannot and should not happen, as my spouse required this for IV antibiotics and the cannula had to be reinserted. Another seemingly potential site for infection!

Please SJA staff- why did this happen? Where in the training of volunteers for SJA does it say you can remove medical equipment inserted into patients for treatment? Please address this issue.

I am sure that security cameras in the holding bay would have footage of who was present on this day and at that time to provide the evidence.

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