Nurses working everywhere all hate infectious disease prevention and control nurses. I mean, how dare you come to me and tell me my yellow gown is tied incorrectly, or to wear a yellow gown at all?
We can't stand those Florence Nightingale nurses working everyday to keep the infection prevention compliance levels up and prevent cross-contamination in the hospital units. Tell me to foam in and out one more time, I dare you!
I mean, it is not like healthcare associated infections are the most common causes of adverse events in the health care setting worldwide or anything. So why do I have to burn under those gowns to walk into a patient's room?
When we took the oath to first do no harm, we knew HAI were included, and taking proper steps to prevent it is a requirement. But we hate when the infection prevention nurses come around and remind us how to keep our patients safe and infection free, and PLEASE don't take a look at my central line dressing! I know is due to be changed but I have 6 patients, I can't do it now!
We as nurses have to just suck it up and wear the darn gowns properly, glove up and mask up when necessary to prevent cross contamination between patient environments.
In the United States it is estimated that healthcare associated infections occurs in about 5% of hospitalized patients. And catheter-associated urinary tract infections or CAUTIs are amongst the most prevalent, and we all remember being taught on how to clean foleys!
Along with knowing how to prevent infections, it is just as important to recognize the signs of infections in the patients.
According to the CDC, HAI in the United States results in about 99,000 deaths and an estimated $20 billion in healthcare costs.
So suck it up nurses, protect yourself, your family, your patients and their families. Gown up! (Properly)
Performing proper use of PPEs and proper hygiene, thorough assessments, looking at your foleys and lines, as well watching for any signs and symptoms is something we cannot take for granted and should not feel so comfortable to the point of rushing through it, proceed cautiously looking at every detail and warning signs. Also, don't get mad at the infection prevention and control nurses, they are performing their tasks of keeping the hospital safe and infections contained, by helping us with evidence-based best practices and procedures.
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The Dude Nurse
Klaus Campos, BSN-RN