What to Know About Getting Sick in the Hospital
Hospitals are a place to get better and heal, but sometimes they can be the cause of further infecting patients. This is known as a hospital-acquired infection and its scientific term is nosocomial. The nosocomial infections are mostly caused by bacteria unique to hospital settings. Antibiotics are used to combat the negative effects of these bacteria but after some time, bacteria becomes resistant and strong. While this may seem scary, there are ways around contracting nosocomial.
Who does it affect?
It's natural to assume that the people who are in the greatest danger when it comes to hospital infections are the patients. Through waiting areas, shared rooms or improper sterilization of equipment, there are many places for patients to be infected. Your own physician can likewise infect you if they don't follow the proper safety rules.
This may cause you to acquire the nosocomial infections also referred to as "Healthcare-Associated Infections" (HAIs) which occurs while patients are undergoing a different kind of treatment. For example, a patient might contract the flu while being treated for an arm fracture. You can also be visiting your family member who is being treated for back pain and you infect her with pneumonia. While these are uncommon scenarios, it is wise to stay alert. Most of the HAIs occur outside the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) where proper hygiene and sterilization of of the utmost importance.
But what about the doctors themselves? Long hours, demanding schedules and constant contact with all patients who enter the hospital puts them at more of a risk. Additionally, many medical professionals still wear traditional cotton work scrubs which are a breeding ground for bacteria. Making sure their scrub outfits are working as hard as they are is of the utmost importance.
Precautions to Observe Against Getting Sick in a Hospital
- Wear anti-microbial medical scrubs. These act as the first layer of defense to help prevent the spread of infections and bacteria.
- Clean your hands by washing them thoroughly with warm soap and water and avoid touching services and skin after washing.
- Make sure you are well informed. Ask questions and know what is going on around you.
- As a doctor, make sure your staff communicates clearly, ensuring there are no unpleasant surprises when tending to patients.
- Avoid touching hospital floors.