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    Scabies

    Sharon..you are completely right..we have found out that sick time is a benefit..not an entitlement. The major point here was that the lack of communication and the blame on the staff members created such anger. We understand as healthcare workers that these things can happen..as dedicated harworking professionals we did not deserve to be treated the way we were. We have certainly learned a lot from this experience..and that is what life is about!! Thanks for your input........
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    Scabies

    Correction to the last part of my post...the wife of the patient who died...had the new rash
  3. cjr

    Scabies

    We had an outbreak in the LTC facility I work in. Affected approx 10 workers..but no patients. The patient that we think had it passed away the weekend before we were diagnosed. Because the only definitive dx is to do scrapings..and all of us were sent over the weekend to our occupational health person. There were no scrapings done. The doctor there said that in over 100 cases that he has diagnosed he never did scrapings. We were all tx with Elimite..then the facility told us it was not scabies because there was no definitive dx. We were told not to discuss it on the floor..They posted signs about "an unexplained irritation or rash" see DON if any questions. Anyone that had "the rash" was taken off the schedule until tx was fninshed. I was called to the admininstrators office along with the DON. He told me that he heard I was not happy with how the situation was handled..for example..we notified adm. on a tuesday about many staff members with unexplained "rash"..they did nothing about until Friday afternoon..when a nurse went to her own private MD.Anyways..he told me "your opinion is useless, I don't care what you think or what you feel. You are nothing but a liar. You lie on the floor, you lie to your co-workers. You are not to discuss this isssue anymore" I was so shocked..I just got up and left. I have been considered a valuable employee for 9 years. Have never had a problem with any previous adm. before this..He is new. Now the final kicker is..we are not getting paid for the time we were taken off the schedule because the consider it a workmans comp issue. Of course we were not told until we got our checks....and then they used our sick time to pay us for the time we were out. I did not think they could just use our sick time without asking us. We are all very uneasy at work right now. WE have all been spoken to and made to feel like we did something wrong. Any suggestions on where to turn. One more interesting fact..the patient who died...has a new rash on her arms. We were told that it would be unethical to speak with her about what we think it may be...........I am currently looking for a new job