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Unread 02-03-2006, 01:50 PM
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I don't want to make anyone more anxious than you already are,but I do want to suggest that when you ae packing for the hospital you each include a bottle of Purell-type hand sanitizer! My DH (early 50's,great shape, health nut) had elective surgery last year for an athletic injury. This was done at a top-notch outpatient surgery center by one of the top surgeons in the state.Unfortunately, he contracted MRSA. If you are unfamiliar with this, please do a google search and you will find that this hospital infection is both very common and can be very serious. My DH was IV antibiotics for months and ended up having to have his surgery 'reversed'. He is fine now, although his injury is still uncorrected and he will never have surgery again if he can help it. The good news is that MRSA is easily avoided if all hospital personel are diiligent about washing their hands when moving from patient to patient. For this reason, I will have my bottle of generic hand sanitizer on my hospital bedside table and I will ask EVERYONE,staff or visitors, to use it before touching me ,unless I have personally seen them wash up.They may think I'm a nut case or a *****, but I don't care. I'm not taking any chances and I don't think you should either. Again, I know many of you are nervous enough right now and I certainly am sorry if I add to your concerns.But...better safe than sorry!!!
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Unread 02-03-2006, 02:12 PM
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What a scary thought. I hope your DH is doing better.

Don't most hospital personnel wear gloves anymore when they come in contact with patients due to HIV etc? I refuse to let anyone take blood without gloves on...I sure wouldn't let anyone touch or examine my incision with them on....
Unread 02-03-2006, 03:47 PM
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from what I understand, the problem may arise from the nurses assistants,orderlies,and other 'lower level" medical staff doing more routine procedures like taking BP's, dispensing meds and so on.Even escorting various patients in and out of bed.DH is fine now,although his original injury still hurts!Thanks for askihng. Oh BTW, I'm also planning to bring to the hospital a beautiful fancy box of chocolates my friends gave me and offer it to everyone I ask sanitize their hands. Hopefully, that will take some of the insult out of the request! I may bring some home-made cookies for the staff too!
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Unread 02-03-2006, 03:51 PM
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That is a wonderful idea. I was going to bring a basket of candy and sugar free candy for those who are not sugar tolerant. A bottle of hand sanitizer would be a good thing.
Unread 02-03-2006, 04:03 PM
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Germ X makes a wet-n-wipe antibacterial for your hands and face (you can get them at Wal-Mart). I plan to use them on me after the staff touch me and for general personal hygiene instead of wash clothes. I also have a small spa towel that is a micro fiber towel that I plan to use instead of the hospital's. I have Lupus and have to be careful; my friends call me Howard Hughes....but it works for me


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