Hi everyone, i am currently working on my ADN right now and i'm starting to learn more about the hospital setting and how it tends to have many pathogens. I have no doubt that i want to be a nurse, but my biggest concern is that i might spread something to my significant other or my children (don't have any yet). I am aware that MRSA colonizes in some facilities and respiratory infections are common as well. I'm told that we build up an immunity to it and that we should be fine, however im still worried that it can spread to my family members and im still not sure how serious it can be. I did some research on my own but id appreciate if someone can give me some insight and clarify some things.
I've research that we should clean our scrubs
right away when we get home, if i take them off and throw it in the "dirty pile" how much of a threat is it of causing an infection to other people? i wouldn't want to throw it in the washer every single day due to bills, so if you have a method that works, can you please share. and for shoes i plan to like.. soak em with alcohol or something before bringing them in the house, will that work?
should i wash the scrubs alone?
How serious is MRSA really and should i be worry that it can spread to people in my household if i catch it? is it easily spreaded? can it be suppressed enough? What about the norovirus?
When someone is on TB prophylaxis.. what exactly is being done?
I just really like to know how serious some diseases are that i'm likely or could get, can it be beaten, if it can't really be rid of how likely am i to spread it to my family?
what are some precautions or tips that i can take to prevent my love ones of being infected with something that i might've caught?
Thank you guys, i really do appreciate it if anyone can give me some info or insight.
and please be honest, i like to know what i'm really up against.
Jun 7, '17
You are more likely to pick up MRSA from Walmart that from work.
Every time you or your loved ones step out of your home you risk being exposed to MRSA, TB, the flu, whatever.
The only time that I kept my work clothes separate from everything else was during SARS and that was a very different kettle of fish.
The only reason I wash my scrubs
separately is because I use warm water and don't used fabric softener for them. Otherwise, they go in the same hamper as everything else, hang in the same closet as everything else.
Last edit by Pepper The Cat on Jun 7, '17
: Reason: Stupid cat.