Wash Your Hands at the Hospital or Doctor’s Office to Avoid Bringing Nasty Germs Home

Encouraging doctors and nurses to wash their hands frequently has always been considered an effective way to curb the spread of infection in hospitals and other health facilities.

But a research letter published Monday in JAMA Internal Medicine points to another key group of people who aren’t always keeping their hands so clean and probably should: patients.

Source: Patients Leave the Hospital with Superbugs on Their Hands

Bring hand sanitizer with you and use it when you leave the office, get off the elevator, leave the building and one last time when you’re safely in your car. You are touching thousands of sick people each step of the way.

If you don’t have to touch things in a hospital or doctors office, don’t.  Magazines are probably the worst things to handle – your phone or tablet is a safer option.

To a certain extent you need exposure to everyday germs to stay healthy, but not at that level.

Being Rude to Your Doctor Could Be Bad for Your Health

In the interests of not being a jackass, you should probably be nice to your doctors. But if common courtesy isn’t a good enough reason, a recent paper suggests you’ll get worse medical treatment if you’re worse.

Source: Being Rude to Your Doctor Could Be Bad for Your Health

Local laws do not tolerate abuse of medical staff.  But I’ve certainly experienced medical office staff who were rude and self-important.  For every protected class, there is someone desperate to want to wield the power granted.

I understand that being rude makes an impact on things, but like lawyers “moral vacuum” – there needs to be some distance between how a person acts and the medical care they require.