Risk for Infection...............

  1. Risk for Infection related to Pediatrics Rotation as evidenced by,

    Child sneezing, in your face
    Child coughing, in your face
    Child vomiting, in your face
    Parent sneezing, in your face
    Parent coughing, in your face
    Parent vomiting, in your face
    Classmates sneezing, in your face
    Classmates coughing, in your face
    Classmates vomiting, in your face



    I liked my Peds rotation, but I have never been so sick in my life!

    No matter what precautions I took I was always sick or coming down with something. I will miss the kids but I am glad to be out of there. There was even one day where everyone in my clinical group was sick with either a cold, lower resp. infection or stomach flu. I caught some things that even my doctor wouldn't speculate as to what I had.

    Just be careful when you get into your Peds. rotation. A bio hazard suite might help.
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  2. 5 Comments

  3. by   Achoo!
    my first year at the clinics after I got my MA was terrible. I was sick ALL the time. I think the more you expose yourself the more immune you get. I don't get sick near as much anymore.
  4. by   Carolanne
    Our group all got hit hard with illness too. Seems like every kid on the ward had something contagious. I used to carry a little bottle of hand sanitizer with me in my pocket and literally slathered it all over my hands, arms, neck and some on my face when I got out to my car to go home to tie me over until I got home and could take a HOT shower! I felt like I was crawling. I kept my shoes out in the garage and didn't bring them in the house for fear of dragging the germs in with me.
  5. by   RNSuzq1
    Quote from colleen10
    Risk for Infection related to Pediatrics Rotation as evidenced by,

    Child sneezing, in your face
    Child coughing, in your face
    Child vomiting, in your face
    Parent sneezing, in your face
    Parent coughing, in your face
    Parent vomiting, in your face
    Classmates sneezing, in your face
    Classmates coughing, in your face
    Classmates vomiting, in your face


    Just be careful when you get into your Peds. rotation. A bio hazard suite might help.
    Colleen,

    I can feel your pain.. My husband has been a Pediatric Respiratory Therapist for 18 years and for the first year or so he caught everything he came in contact with but eventually built up his immunities. Unfortunately - over the years "via his scrubs" he's brought home a lot of these illnesses to me and our 3 children. He spends a lot of time in the Children's ER during Flu Season, takes a hot shower as soon as he walks in the door and that seems to cut down on the germs we're exposed to - but God knows what's on those scrubs of his. The hospital issues the employees several sets of scrubs per year and you have to clean them yourself. I wash them in the hottest water possible and hope I've killed whatever was on them - but I still have to touch them before they go into the wash - so I do some serious handwashing after I'm near them.
  6. by   career seeker
    I am a medical assistant in a pediatric clinic. At first I got sick quite a bit but now, well, I have not been sick in ages. I think my daughter is getting small enough doses to increase her immune system...she is 2 1/2, goes to day care and has had a stuffy nose once in the past six months.
  7. by   Jen2
    I hear ya Colleen. I just finished up my pediatrics rotation last week. I loved it dearly, but I am so glad it's over. I was very very fortunate not to get sick. I think my years of working in the hospital has finally paid off. I have built an immunity. Don't you just love RSV and rotovirus season?

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