The CDC says about half of the workers caught the virus while on the job. The finding suggests that hospitals and workers are not taking sufficient preventive measures.
At least 81 U.S. healthcare workers have contracted laboratory-confirmed cases of the novel H1N1 influenza virus and about half caught the bug on the job, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday.
The finding is worrisome because it suggests that hospitals and workers are not taking sufficient preventive measures to limit the spread of the virus.
If a large-scale outbreak of the virus recurs this fall, a similar infection rate could cause significant problems -- not only because it would limit the number of workers available to care for the sick, but also because the infected nurses, doctors and others could transmit the virus to debilitated patients before their own symptoms become apparent. Already-ill patients would be more likely to develop life-threatening side effects from the flu.
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Jun 21, '09
That article made me squirm. It suggest somehow that health care workers are somehow responsible for their own flu due to their own negligence. Stuff like that is the reason why I am glad I am sitting this one out. What they really need is a public policy statement that says that the powers that be realize the flu is highly contagious and that health care workers will be covered by work mens comp in cases where they come down with it. We need to be reassured that there will be no blame and no punishment for infected workers. Never once did I hear any one blame nurses who died in droves in the 1918 for their deaths or their illnesses. They were considered heroic by the public. Statements like one made in this article can be used by health care management to wiggle out of their responsiblities to infected workers. Health care workers are not taking proper precautions??? Do they have proper equipment? Do they have extra staff? Does anyone think that the mildly ill infective family members of hospitalized patients are wondering the halls passing it around?
Last edit by oramar on Jun 21, '09