By Ken Buben, President, FancyScrubs.com
You may have read over the weekend about some VA hospitals lack of hygiene in their hospitals causing many patients to test positive for HIV and hepatitis. This was sad to read over Memorial Day weekend as we honored those who served so bravely for us.
One dentist at a Dayton, VA hospital failed to sterilize equipment and wore dirty latex gloves on several patients which could spread infectious disease among them. Imagine wearing dirty gloves on your next patient?
In Tennessee two VA hospitals were cited for potentially exposing thousands of vets to infection from unclean colonoscopy equipment. They were cited for this in 2009 and again in 2011. The latest report, based on inspections in March, also cited the hospitals for blocking fire exits and extinguishers and the failure to adequately train to protect workers and patients from catching infectious diseases.
Some basic things they can do at the hospital to avoid the spread of these infectious diseases are as simple as washing hands and:
*Clean Hands and Wear Gloves
*Cover their Mouth and Nose when coughing or sneezing where germs can travel 3 feet or more
*If you are sick avoid close contact or stay home
*Clean surfaces thoroughly including equipment, patient wheelchairs and eating tables
*Follow hospital guidelines for dealing with blood and contaminated items
*Wear self cleaning medical uniforms that repel all fluids including blood and bodily fluids
Let’s hope by next Memorial Day weekend the VA hospitals around the country will have cleaned up their hospitals for our brave veterans.