DISPOSAL OF SHarps

Alison Stevens made this Freedom of Information request to East Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust

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Dear East Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust,

Could you please answer the following requests with regards to this freedom of information request ?
1.Has there been any complaints to PILS regarding the mess paramedics have left in Patients houses after attending any999 calls?
Please give statistics for the past 12 calendar months?
2.Has there been any complaints from service users family members after paramedics or ambulance staff have left sharps on the floor of houses leading to a patients relative cleaning up the mess the paramedics or ambulance crew have left on the floor such as a bm needle leading to the person cleaning up the mess receiving a sharps injury? Please give statistics for the past 6 calendar months?
3.Please supply me with the policy regarding the disposal of sharps used in the observations such as bm needles?
4.Is it mandatory that EMAS paramedics and Ambulance crews carry some form of sharps containers post bm check of a Patient?
5.Hoe many complaints have been made to EMAS regarding leaving a mess in patients homes such as leaving sharps or other items on the floor of patients houses post observation?
How many complaints have been registered by a patient and family members with regards to the former ? please give statistics for the past 6 calendar months?

Yours faithfully,

Alison Stevens

Williams Matthew, East Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust

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Ref: FOI/15/235

 

22 January 2016

 

Dear Ms Stevens

 

Thank you for your e-mail dated 22 January 2016 requesting information
about the disposal of sharps.

 

Your request is being dealt with under the terms of the Freedom of
Information Act 2000 and will be answered within 20 working days.

 

If you have any queries about this request please do not hesitate to
contact me. 

 

Yours Sincerely

 

Matthew Williams

 

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Dear Williams Matthew,
I am writing to you to state that your Department have a mandatory duty to answer my freedom request by 19th February 2016.
Any breach in time scale will be reported to the information commissioner accordingly.

Yours sincerely,

Alison Stevens

Williams Matthew, East Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Trust

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Ref: FOI/15/235

 

18 February 2016

 

Dear Ms Stevens

 

We are writing further to your e-mail dated 22 January 2016 requesting
information about the disposal of sharps.

 

The questions you have raised along with their answers can be found below:

 

1.     Has there been any complaints to PILS regarding the mess paramedics
have left in Patients houses after attending any 999 calls?  Please give
statistics for the past 12 calendar months?  We can confirm that only 1
PALS concern was raised regarding mess that Paramedics had left in a
patient’s house after attending a 999 call over the last 12 months.

 

2.     Has there been any complaints from service users family members
after paramedics or ambulance staff have left sharps on the floor of
houses leading to a patients relative cleaning up the mess the paramedics
or ambulance crew have left on the floor such as a BM needle leading to
the person cleaning up the mess receiving a sharps injury?  Please give
statistics for the past 6 calendar months?  We can confirm that only 1
PALS concern has come in over the last 6 months from a service user’s
family member after Paramedics or ambulance staff had left sharps on the
floor of a house.

 

3.     Please supply me with the policy regarding the disposal of sharps
used in the observations such as BM needles?  Please find attached our
current Infection Prevention and Control Operational Procedures.  The
disposal of sharps are covered in Sections 12.5.4 and 12.6 (on page 30 of
the attached document).

 

4.     Is it mandatory that EMAS paramedics and Ambulance crews carry some
form of sharps containers post BM check of a Patient?  The answer to this
covered in Section 12.5.3 (on page 30 of the attached document), but the
safe management of sharps is covered throughout Section 12 of attached
document from pages 29 to 31).

 

5.     How many complaints have been made to EMAS regarding leaving a mess
in patients’ homes such as leaving sharps or other items on the floor of
patients houses post observation?  How many complaints have been
registered by a patient and family members with regards to the former?
 please give statistics for the past 6 calendar months?  We can confirm
that only 1 PALS concern has come in over the last 6 months from a service
user’s family member regarding leaving a mess in patients’ homes such as
leaving sharps or other items on the floor of patients houses post
observation.

 

Yours Sincerely

 

Matthew Williams

 

Notes:

 

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From: Williams Matthew
Sent: 22 January 2016 13:56
To: '[FOI #312000 email]'
Subject: Freedom of Information Request - Disposal of Sharps

 

Ref: FOI/15/235

 

22 January 2016

 

Dear Ms Stevens

 

Thank you for your e-mail dated 22 January 2016 requesting information
about the disposal of sharps.

 

Your request is being dealt with under the terms of the Freedom of
Information Act 2000 and will be answered within 20 working days.

 

If you have any queries about this request please do not hesitate to
contact me. 

 

Yours Sincerely

 

Matthew Williams

 

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Description: Telephone: 0115 9193446
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[10]www.emas.nhs.uk
Matthew Williams
Records Manager                         @EMASNHSTRUST[11]Description:
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East Midlands Description: Description: Description: Description:
Ambulance Service cid:image002.png@01CF367A.50F55880
NHS Trust
Nottinghamshire
Headquarters

Beechdale Road

Nottingham

NG8 3LL

 

 

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Dear Williams Matthew,
Many thanks for your swift reply.

Yours sincerely,

Alison Stevens