Cleanliness at hospitals is not as good as tattoo shops

I had a consultation today for a surgery that’s happening in mid-August, adding another nice hefty scar to my legs. I’m happy that they’ve got me in so quickly, and it shouldn’t be a big deal and I won’t be out of commission long. I said to the doctor, “just don’t do use that hyfrecator over there, because it seems to be covered in blood.” Here’s a picture. Oops.



  1. Jamie wrote:


    Thursday, July 30, 2009 at 11:28 am | Permalink
  2. rachel dreadful wrote:

    yeah that’s gross. Hope recovery is swift.

    Thursday, July 30, 2009 at 11:34 am | Permalink
  3. Twwly wrote:


    Thursday, July 30, 2009 at 1:27 pm | Permalink
  4. Elizabeth wrote:


    Thursday, July 30, 2009 at 5:50 pm | Permalink
  5. Indigo wrote:

    *cringe/wince/gag* That makes me feel very secure about my upcoming surgery… I hope yours goes well, and involves alert doctors & staff with better eyesight than whoever is in charge of this room! That tool itself is positively medieval in appearance, but the blood just adds that finishing touch.

    Thursday, July 30, 2009 at 8:03 pm | Permalink
  6. choice wrote:

    i would have loved to see his reaction.

    Thursday, July 30, 2009 at 10:55 pm | Permalink
  7. Zoe wrote:

    That is just dreadful..

    Id say if you said to the doctor that the standard of cleanliness in tattoo shops is much higher than the standard in hospitals he’d be shocked too.

    Friday, July 31, 2009 at 6:07 am | Permalink
  8. JuanKi wrote:

    Man seriously… and yet, the tattoo studio witch hunt still remains

    Friday, July 31, 2009 at 6:50 am | Permalink
  9. Mike wrote:

    I am in favor of health reform in the US. Do you like the care you are getting in Canada?

    Friday, July 31, 2009 at 8:40 am | Permalink
  10. Raskin666 wrote:

    Yeahh…..about that…I would rather have the surgery in a tattoo shop

    Friday, July 31, 2009 at 11:39 am | Permalink
  11. Shannon wrote:

    Mike, yes, in general I do like it.

    Friday, July 31, 2009 at 12:05 pm | Permalink
  12. One time I went to the doctor’s office and was shown to an exam room. I sat down and looked to right. Lucky me, there was a wheeled tray with a speculum covered with blood and lube. Nasty.

    Friday, July 31, 2009 at 4:38 pm | Permalink
  13. Shannon wrote:

    There was a “autoclaving not being done” scandal at one of the Toronto hospitals a while back and it was made much grosser because it was the tools were all anal speculums or colonoscopy tools or something anally-related like that…

    Friday, July 31, 2009 at 5:39 pm | Permalink
  14. Indigo wrote:

    Wasn’t that at Lakeridge Health Oshawa? My then-roommate was one of the lucky ones to get a call-back after that fiasco. Then again, it wouldn’t shock me if it happened at more than one hospital.

    Friday, July 31, 2009 at 7:46 pm | Permalink
  15. peteD3 wrote:

    #%$^#$% &^%*&^%* @!$#@!*!!!!

    Monday, August 3, 2009 at 11:17 am | Permalink
  16. MONTE wrote:

    they even make barrier film sleeves to put over the handles of hyfrecators, i use them.

    and from what i’ve seen and heard hospitols and dentists offices don’t get inspected by the health department, i don’t doubt that they don’t get inspected at all. i’ve also heard that the few that do get inspected get told that they will be inspected about a week or more before their inspection.

    BTW, the state health department is asking me to go back to doing inspections for them again (i’m dropping my state board position).

    Wednesday, August 5, 2009 at 1:16 pm | Permalink
Wow Shannon, that's really annoying! What is it, 1997 on Geocities? Retroweb is NOT cool!

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