I screwed up big time
Yesterday everything was going fine at work, I was room teching working with Dr. E (our small animals specialist) when we got a bird in with a large mass on his stomach. The woman who owned him said she had taken him to a vet before about it but it was smaller then and was told it was beniegn and to leave it. Well it grew a lot and the bird couldnt use one of its legs because of this. Dr. E wanted to remove it, so we went to run the usual blood tests we do before surgery. The bird was small so we only could get a very tiny amount of blood *just* enough to run the bloodwork. Dr. C helped restrain the bird while Dr. E took the blood.
The first vein was no good so Dr. E discarded the needle and we tried another vein, this one worked. Then Dr. E realised he had forgotten to coat the syringe with the anti-clotting agent so the tests could be run. Dr. C told me to run fast and grab the green topped vials from one of the labs drawers. Normally this would have been no problem, but as we were using special vials for the blood because it was a bird I wasn't sure which to grab, so I grabbed all the different green topped vials I could find.
I ran back and held them all out for Dr. E to take from me, figuring he knew which we needed. He grabbed one and filled it, just in time because the rest of the syringe had clotted. Thats when Dr. C noticed....I had grabbed the control vials for the blood spinner. VERY BAD. That meant the blood sample had been put in a vial with water in it, not anti-clotting liquid. The entire blood sample was useless. We would have to wait a week before we could get more blood. Needless to say Dr. C was NOT happy and told me so. She later apologised but I still feel awful. I know I am new and will make mistakes but I wanted to shrivel up and die at that moment. The poor bird! Now he wasn't going to get the surgery he needed for at least a week because of me.
Dr. E tried to deflect the blame from me saying it was his fault because he forgot to heperinize(sp?) the needle first, but it was clear I could have saved the day but instead I ruined it. Sigh.