Wednesday, January 02, 2013
Health care careers mean fastidious (even prudish) personal hygiene requirements, and taking shots
A nurse at Goshen Hospital in Indiana was fired for refusing to get a flu shot.
Hospitals say that protection of patients who are in weakened condition is their highest priority, but some hospitals will let nurses who refuse flu shots to work with masks. I don't think you can refuse shots in the military. (In 1968, I got a lot of them.)
The ABC affiliate station story in Indianapolis is here.
Hospitals have become much stricter about isolating patients with MRSA, and in infection control generally. I noticed this Christmas Day at a caroling event in a local hospital here in Arlington VA.
People who enter medicine as a career (just about the most lucrative as far as a job market) should realize that in the future attention to personal hygiene will be extreme and maybe disquieting. I know of (just) one surgeon who shaves his forearms because of surgical scrubbing. (Like swimming or cycling?)
Employers may be paying more attention to employee wellness, with almost mandatory fitness programs and physicals. But the Wall Street Journal has a story Jan. 2 that slightly overweight people (enough to be visible) may actually live longer despite getting more mild heart disease and type 2 diabetes. The Wall Street Journal story (tweeted by an undeported Piers Morgan) by Melinda Beck is here.
However, I know of a sudden coronary death in a 69 year old man recently where excess weight was definitely a factor.
I wouldn't put too much stock (literally) in the WSJ story.