Concern about blood cross-contamination as SA Pathology cuts hit
With just one week before 100 staff walk off the job as part of the SA Government’s cuts to SA Pathology, staff are flagging alarm about the rushed transition and its impact on patients. Pathologists are reporting training modules for staff taking over new responsibilities have been ‘cut in half’ to get them completed on the Government’s deadline.
They are also raising their concerns about risks of blood cross contamination with insufficient staff to clean and clear benches between patients tests. Professionals Australian SA Director, Sarah Andrews said that with the cuts due to hit on Friday next week, everyone is being squeezed. “Even before the cuts hit, with all the additional work required in the transition and the need quickly hand-over work from exiting staff, the squeeze is causing mistakes,” she said.
“Once the 100 exiting staff leave on Friday, we’re expecting chaos in labs at all major hospitals.” She said there is a particular concern about blood cross contamination especially in emergency situations like blood transfusions coming into summer. “The Christmas holiday period is peak-blood transfusion time because its when we see a spike in major accidents like road trauma.