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The original question and further comments posed were referring to the "transferring" a patient and not "transporting" a patient. Perhaps I misinterpreted it. I would also expect that a patient on droplet precautions should be wearing a surgical mask to be "transported"; that is stated verbatim in the CDC guidelines. I could have easily misunderstood the question to mean the actual physical transfer of a patient (e.g., from a bed to a chair); if so, I apologize.
I totally agree that it is unnecessary if the respiratory secretions are contained, but I think the precautions would apply if it is anticipated that clothing may become soiled with respiratory secretions.
If you read the cdc guidelines you will find a section on surgical asepsis. It does state that thre have been no reandomized control studies (likely as this is gross negligence not to allow handwashing) it states studies on cultures done pre-op and at variious after scrub. It does discuss various technique and solution but over all what the point they are making is that there are less microbes after scrubbing
If it was as simple as this, I would think it should've already been done.
Read the article it states sudents would rather quit than expose their arms, maybe these drs are willing to risk their careers or a persons life!
It's difficult to know all the circumstances contributing to this situation. But I have known many Muslim individuals and am familiar enough with Islamic practice to know that hygiene is a crucial part of their religious practise. It is difficult to believe that a practising muslim would not understand and practise good hygiene, particularly in a medical setting.
While the story may actually be as it has been presented, it might be wise to keep in mind that we may not know the whole story, and that media sources do sometimes "selectively report" information on an issue.
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