My wife has been receiving wound care in our home for an open breast cancer tumor for about four months now. The services are provided by independent nursing services (agencies) funded by the Ontario government (CCAC). Don't get me wrong, we are very thankful for this service but the quality of service is deficient in two areas that could be possibly life threatening.
First of all, from day one there has been a total lack of sterile technique. I have personally witnessed the incompetence of these nurses and we have endlessly complained to them about this. The nursing agencies justify this by saying it is not necessary to uphold traditional sterile procedures. We are shocked with this attitude and my wife has had recurring infections.
Secondly, the nursing agencies and their nurses cannot ever seem to have enough medical supplies on hand to perform the wound dressings properly.
It appears that both of these issues are as a result of budgetary restrictions and poor nursing training. Is there anything we can do to alleviate this situation? This is causing my wife undue stress.