I work at a large Toronto hospital. We have had several SARS patients in our facility. So far, over 2 weeks, no one in contact with these patients has contracted symptoms. We are following the same precautions, gowns, gloves, masks, goggles, for all inpatient units. At the same time, we have to present ourselves in a positive manner to all our patients to prevent them from being more scared. While all of this is uncomfortable, and an inconvenience, we would rather be overly cautious than risk getting ill. This is a prime example of the importance we play as front line workers. We also need to take our hats off to the housekeeping staff who clean the rooms after a patient has been discharged. Their job of preventing spread of disease is very important and, too often, not applauded. I thank all my colleagues for their dedication and professionalism during this
Apr 5, '03
Interesting post. Especially good point about housekeeping--they do have a very important role in infection control, yet their work is rarely respected or appreciated!