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Patient rooms, scrubs and germ transmission

There are many policies hospitals may have in place when it comes to their nurses. This includes policies on germ transmission prevention. It is very important for nurses to follow these policies whenever they are in situations in which there could be transmission risks. Failure to do this could up the chances of a germ spreading through a hospital, exposing patients to harm. When a patient gets sick due to a bacteria spreading to them while at a hospital, skilled attorneys can investigate for them whether the nurses and other staff at the hospital followed germ prevention protocols the way they should have.

A nurse doesn’t have to make physical contact with a patient to be at risk of picking up germs from the patient on things like their clothing. Just going into a patient’s room could have germ transmission risks connected to it. This is what a recent study illustrates.

The study focused on 40 nurses who worked in intensive care. Researchers took samples from the patients the nurses worked with, objects from the rooms the patients were in and the scrubs the nurses wore to look at germ transmission (focusing on five germs in particular). From this review, the study found that there were instances in which germs from a patient were transmitted to the patient’s room. It also found that there were instances in which germs came onto the nurse’s scrubs from either a patient or the patient’s room.

As this illustrates, there are many different avenues through which germ transmission could happen at hospitals, and thus many different contexts in which vigilance regarding germ transmission prevention by hospitals and nurses can be critical.

Source: HealthDay, “Nurses' 'Scrubs' Pick Up Bad Hospital Germs,” Robert Preidt, Oct. 27, 2016

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