Most Doctors (83%) Go To Work Sick - Necessitating CKD & Dialysis Patients To Be More Alert
According to Forbes, "Americans visit their doctor four (4) times a year." Well Chronic Kidney Disease and Dialysis patients must visit their Nephrologists more frequently to ensure that they are getting the appropriate life preserving treatments. However, Chronic Kidney Disease and Dialysis patients should be on more alert for infections than they have ever been. A new study found that 95% of doctors knew it was wrong to work while sick and yet 83% had come to work while sick at least once in the past year.
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Previous studies have proven the unfortunate fact that sick Healthcare Workers are the main source of Influenza (Flu), Staphylococcus Aureus (Staph Infections) and Norovirus (root cause of infection in the stomach and intestines) within Healthcare Facilities such as hospitals and Dialysis Clinics. Due to compromised (weak) immune systems, Chronic Kidney Disease and Dialysis patients are known to be especially at risk from these infections which can prove fatal in some cases.
Patients likely will ask themselves, "Why would doctors, of all people, show up for work sick?" Well, a poll developed by the Journal of the American Medical Association cited the following well intentioned reasons:
- Not wanting to let colleagues down (98.7%)
- Staffing concerns (94.9%)
- Not wanting to let patients down (92.5%)
- Fear of being ostracized by colleagues (64%)
- Concerns about the continuity of care (63.8%)
According to the New York Times, Nurses who came to work sick were slightly better, but still alarming. Their report found, "70% said they would work while coughing, and half while afflicted with a runny nose, cough, congestion or sore throat." Dr. Julia S. Sammons suggested that hospitals/facilities should focus on infection control and, “Not coming to work when you’re sick is part of this.”
Still, Chronic Kidney Disease and Dialysis patients cannot risk getting sick as one infection may be too many for patients with a weak immune system. Hence, consider the following strategies:
- ABUNDANCE OF CAUTION: Make sure that your Nephrologists, Nurses and/or Patient Care Technicians have washed their hands before caring for you. Also, at the sight of a runny nose, or consistent cough consider asking for another Medical Care Professional or rescheduling your appointment.
- WATCH THE NEWS: By maintaining a good understanding of current events and when the Flu season is in full swing, it can give you a barometer of whether you should be on an even more heightened alert than usual.
- EAT MORE BERRIES: Did you know that berries are well known for their capacities to strengthen the immune system? Talk to your Dietitians to determine the amount of berries that is best for your tailored diets.
- SHAKING HANDS: After a check-up or Dialysis Treatments many patients shake hands with their Medical Professional. While this is acceptable, Chronic Kidney Disease and Dialysis patients should be sure to wash their hands before leaving.
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