A recent email, from Stacey, one of our great ICU nurses, about a doctor with visiting privileges from an affiliated institution:
I have been encouraging and supporting the hospital’s policy regarding hand hygiene. My understanding is that all personnel are to use Calstat when entering or exiting a patient’s room, even if they are not going to give direct patient care. I happened to notice Dr. X entering a room without using the Calstat. I went and politely reminded Dr. X to use the Calstat. Dr. X appeared quite annoyed that I requested him to do so as he said he had already examined the patient and was just looking at the monitor. This is not the first time I have had such encounters. How would you like this type of situation handled in the future?
Thank you, Stacey,
You did EXACTLY the right thing, and I appreciate how uncomfortable that can be.
We have indeed asked everybody to remind everybody else about the importance of this matter. As you know, it is very easy to pick up germs from equipment and material near the patients and then pass those along to other patients and staff, even when the doctor or nurse has not actually touched the patient.
I am copying Dr. Sands, our SVP of Health Care Quality, who will now follow up with Dr. X.