Medical Workers wearing scrubs to and from work, outside the Hospital, etc.. - page 4
New York Daily News Tuesday Oct. 17th 2006 -Barbara M. Simpson writes: "MEDICAL WORKERS NEED TO CHANGE I have bben wondering if there is now a rule that persons who work in the medical field,... Read More
Nov 3, '06Occupation: RN Specialty: 32 year(s) of experience ; From: US ; Joined: May '06; Posts: 172; Likes: 211I would touch anything in a hospital before I would touch anything in a public bathroom!
Nov 3, '06Joined: Nov '06; Posts: 8hi
for me the changing room is for away from my unit hence i feel so tiered of goin there especially after work.so it s merely conveniece i feel.Still it should not affence public by smell of meds.
Nov 3, '06Occupation: RN in ICU/Case Mgr/Social Worker/After-hours phone triage Specialty: 17 year(s) of experience in ICU/Telemetry/Med-Surg/Case Mgmt ; Joined: Feb '02; Posts: 42; Likes: 16I would imagine that myafter my worst shift would have less germs on them than the handle of a Wal Mart shopping cart!!
And, with regards to the kids and the floor, how many times have you seen someone wearing the stained shirt and pajama bottoms and slippers coming to visit someone and their toddler walking around barefoot!
Nov 3, '06Occupation: Cath Lab RN Specialty: Cardiology ; Joined: Oct '06; Posts: 17; Likes: 8
Nov 3, '06Specialty: ortho/neuro/general surgery ; Joined: Jul '05; Posts: 778; Likes: 458Quote from IndyYour post gave me a much-needed laugh and I totally agree!Oh for the love of pete. Another way for people to yammer about our clothes. OOh, we should wear white. Ooh, we should not wear scrubs in public. I wish the media would get that doggone excited over our ratios and leave our dogflabbit clothes alone!
Nov 3, '06Joined: Feb '05; Posts: 211; Likes: 10I had microbiology after work one day. It was the first class, and the expirement was to check the bacteria growth of certain objects. We did the bathroom, our finger, etc. I also did my uniform scrub, right above the pocket.
My instructor said that we should get about 4-6 different bacteria on the plate. I had at least 10. Or more. It was more than the toilet seat and door handle. He said that he does not trust hospital workers clothing anymore...
The world is a dirty dirty place, and unless you have microscope eyes, or swab and culture everything all the time, you have no idea what you are touching. So I think it is out of line to point out hospital workers. And riding the bus or train?? If anyone knew what they were sitting on or touching would want to wear disposable plastic ponchos everytime they rode public transportation. Best not to think about...
Anyways, at first I wanted to change before I come home from work, but there is no place to do so-too complicated. I do not think it is a big deal, considering all of the germs out in the world. I take my uniform off when I get home and put it in the hamper. I also try to cavi wipe or lysol the bottoms of my shoes before I leave or at least before I put the shoes down in my house.
Nov 4, '06Occupation: pre-nursing student Joined: Apr '06; Posts: 184Quote from iceyspotsI was just going to say this It's true, if nurses and doctors are guilty, so are visitors! I am not a nurse (pre-nursing student.) but if I ever go and visit someone in the hospital, I do not bring a change of clothes. I wash my hands, but I definitely do not change on my way out, and I do not know anyone that does..What about visitors too? All people who are going to come in and visit patients must bring a change of clothes before they go out into general public and spread germs to people.
Nov 4, '06Occupation: Registered Nurse Specialty: 3 year(s) of experience in Float ; Joined: Apr '05; Posts: 651; Likes: 62Interesting topic! As I'm sitting here trying to get over a nasty cold that yes I caught from my KIDS lol... I realize I never am the first one to get sick in my family. So it's not ME catching stuff from pts passing it on to the family..it's the OTHER way around lol. And yes I think most of our illnesses are from Walmart shopping carts! I keep intending to wipe the handle with a disinfecting wipe during shopping trips. I noticed last time I was in Kroger they provide a container of wipes and a bucket to toss your dirty wipe. I think Walmart should institute this policy!!
Nov 4, '06Occupation: Hospice Nurse Specialty: Rehab, Step-down,Tele,Hospice ; Joined: Sep '03; Posts: 355; Likes: 55Ok its been exactly 7 days since I went to the dentist to have a temp tooth fitted. Since then I have been battling the WORST cold I have ever had.
Nose will not stop running, throat hurts to swallow, ears popping.
So..... Did I pick this up from: A) The grocery store
B) My work place that I have been working in for a while now with no ill affects.
C) THE DENTIST OFFICE.
Obviously you can tell where I think I got it from, they slapped the 02 mask on me so fast I swear it had to be plugged in and out of the plastic wrapper already.
Also question the remotes for all the headphones/TV/Stereo equipment they dumped in my lap.
End result is: Who knows where we pick germs up, but I promise when I go to the grocery store after work I will not roll the produce up and down my body anymore.
Nov 4, '06Specialty: 25 year(s) of experience ; Joined: May '06; Posts: 1,284; Likes: 770I was just wondering about this in another vein. I work in palliative in a home environment, so we don't wear uniforms or scrubs - we wear street clothes.
So, if we are at work and go shopping after, no-one in the public knows and it's the same as if we wear scrubs. So, while scrubs are what people see and can point at, there are many other ways this can be happening and no-one is the wiser.
Nov 4, '06Occupation: full-time student Specialty: Looking for a career in NICU ; Joined: Oct '06; Posts: 1,020; Likes: 82This thread has really made me think about scrubs and sanitation more. Hospitals really need, after reading through these, to have locker rooms for nurses (and doctors) to be able to change and not wear their scrubs outside the hospital. I never thought about that before and it is nasty when you think about it!
God only knows what you could pick up on a bus and bring it to the hospital, or what you can bring home at the end of the day. To think my mother used to come home in her uniform and cook breakfast for me in the morning and I used to clean her shoes every night...GROSS!
I would do it if the facilities were there. I know a hospital can't have lockers assigned for every employee, but they could at least offer them for the shift.
Nov 4, '06Occupation: ER RN Joined: Aug '01; Posts: 5,322; Likes: 1,329I just saw this thread.
So will Doctors be required to change clothes when they visit their patients? How about family members and friends?
Heck we can't even get families to keep their babies from crawling on the floor of the rooms with MRSA all over it. Scrubs in public are probably the least of people's worries since so many diseases are community acquired.
Anybody check out the handle of your grocery cart lately? How about an office keyboard? They're crawling with evil bacteria.
But then our society has gotten extremely bacteria-phobe to the point where I know parents who won't let their kids play on the floor in their own homes.
Nov 4, '06Occupation: rn Joined: May '05; Posts: 35Unless i have worked with infectious people, i dont change and often go to store on the way home etc. there are germs everywhere around us, anyways. when you go to grab the shopping cart etc. but unless i have been around something contagious or infectious i just dont do it. i have never brought anything home or to my child.