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SGH patient alleges that nurse drew blood until arm was black-and-blue; asked why different method was used to pierce skin

The woman shared photos of her bruised arm on social media and questioned the use of a thin and small needle to draw blood stating that it was a different method from that which was normally used by the staff

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A patient of the Singapore General Hospital by the name of Mimi took to social media making allegations about the way a nurse had drawn blood from her arm.

The woman shared photos of her arm that had a black-and-blue bruise on it and alleged, “Go SGH draw blood until blue black because nurse use THIN AND SMALL NEEDLE!”.

She also questioned the competency of the nurse, saying, “Why did she use super thin needle? Why did she use method different from the other staff?”

The netizen also added that she was worried because she was not sure if the nurse changed the needle after two attempts of trying to draw blood.

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While it is unclear about training practices at SGH, as of 2015, non-medical staff at National University Hospital (NUH) were be trained to draw blood in a bid to reduce waiting times and ease nurses’ heavy workload.

The move was aimed to halve the average half-hour wait for some patients who need a blood test.

Last month, A Singapore General Hospital (SGH) nurse drew praise for coming to the timely aid of an elderly Singaporean who collapsed in public, after suddenly losing strength in his legs.

Mdm Isvari N Veloo’s kindness was revealed by the elderly gentleman’s son, Jonathan Meng Sum Lee who commended Mdm Veloo on social media.

Revealing that his father and his sisters were stranded when the incident happened, since helpful passers-by were unable to move the elderly man, Mr Lee said that Mdm Veloo – who was passing by the area – came to the family’s aid and took charge of the situation.

TISG has reached out to SGH for clarification and comment on the incident. /TISG

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