Adventure, thanks for your thoughts.
When I had surgery for a rotator cuff tear, I became more aware of how to treat post op patients: I lowered my voice when speaking to them, and informed them of any movement or event that was to take place, etc.
Now that I have experienced the possibility of contracting scabies, I am more aware of using PPE.
So in an ADULT ICU, when giving baths, inserting flexiseals, Foley's, wiping, cleaning and the removal of such filth to the dirty room down the hall, I have become more vigilant in covering every aspect of my scrubs
, including my hair. I wear the Pouf hair cover as ancillary ppl come into the unit and say, "oh, you work in the kitchen now?" 😉
What is glaring to me now is the lack of awareness my coworkers, including myself, have towards protecting themselves in acquiring something worse than scabies. Rarely do I see anyone in my unit donning plastic gowns in close patient care except for those in isolation.
It's easy to forget things you don't see (like bacteria, mites, virus).
BTW, I have worked at this awesome system for 25yrs, so I'm not trying to get $$,or workman's comp.