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08-25-2014 07:08 PM
DHau I reported my experience to patient services as well as my doctor after my stay. I was surprised to learn he was on some committee that dealt with this type of stuff. I was lucky that I didn't catch anything, but I was extremely diligent about washing my hands after touching anything in the room. I think if there is any possibility of being admitted again that I should pack some sort of sanitizer with me either in the form of wipes or spray.

If there is a next time and same thing happening, I will request the nurse to wear a mask. I was a coward in not mentioning this to somebody in management. You would think that the nurses would do this as standard procedure.
08-25-2014 09:53 AM
E.Hatch
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Originally Posted by DHau View Post
I am an Afib patient with high blood pressure. One time I was admitted for observation because my heart went out of wack. I had a nurse that was sick and did not cover her mouth when coughing while in my room. I was very angry because I have been told I cannot take any OTC drugs for colds. She told me that a virus has been going around on that floor. What does a patient do in a situation like this? I said nothing to the staff while there.


There's a few things you can do if this ever happens to you again. You can request anyone who enters you room wear a mask. You can request a different nurse and you can always report this to nursing management or patient services (which I strongly encourage) because it's likely she didn't call in sick due to fear of disciplinary action. And always make sure whenever anyone comes into your room they are washing their hands, or using hand sanitizer, before they touch you whether they're coughing or not.
08-25-2014 08:37 AM
Franksmom
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Originally Posted by DHau View Post
I am an Afib patient with high blood pressure. One time I was admitted for observation because my heart went out of wack. I had a nurse that was sick and did not cover her mouth when coughing while in my room. I was very angry because I have been told I cannot take any OTC drugs for colds. She told me that a virus has been going around on that floor. What does a patient do in a situation like this? I said nothing to the staff while there.
I am a nurse and I think I would of nicely asked her to cover her mouth when she coughed.
Coughing and Sneezing happens, not only do I cover my mouth and nose, but I make sure the patient sees that I either wash my hands or use the hand sanitizers afterwards.
08-25-2014 08:30 AM
Franksmom
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If you haven't already, you might want to check the labor laws in your state if you do not want to be involuntarily inoculated with a dead virus.

There were several that tested the water last year on refusing the vaccine, and they were fired.
It's the same as what someone else said here, Free will employer, so they can fire you for things like that.
The flu mist is a live vaccine, that's why it's not given past the age of 50. Which I pay for myself since I can't get the reg. vaccine which my employer gives for free.
Once I get to 50 I'll figure out what I have to do to be able to refuse the shot vaccine. (due to an allergy)
I'm not against taking the flu vaccine, I just don't think it's the best thing for our bodies to have it yearly, and I'm against people telling me I have to put something in my body, others have a choice to refuse medical care, but in this case I do not have that choice.
08-25-2014 08:29 AM
DHau I am an Afib patient with high blood pressure. One time I was admitted for observation because my heart went out of wack. I had a nurse that was sick and did not cover her mouth when coughing while in my room. I was very angry because I have been told I cannot take any OTC drugs for colds. She told me that a virus has been going around on that floor. What does a patient do in a situation like this? I said nothing to the staff while there.
08-25-2014 07:20 AM
CelticGlory The people who haven't had the flu, are very lucky! I have had it before and for two months at a time too. I'm glad I got it, it just makes your arm sore if you don't move it around enough. That same night I got it I spiked a fever, but that is all.

Thanks for all of you who have replied!
08-24-2014 11:57 PM
shepherdmom
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Originally Posted by Juliem24 View Post
If one has autoimmune disease, the influenza virus is a much worse threat than vaccination with a killed virus, in most cases.
Agreed, which is why I always get the shot and encourage those around me to get the shots as well. Its that herd immunity. The more people around me are vaccinated the less likely I am to get sick.

I've got to tell you all how much I really appreciate those who get the vaccination!

The last time I had the flu, I spent the night in the emergency room getting fluids pumped into me.
08-24-2014 11:43 PM
Juliem24
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Originally Posted by MichaelE View Post
If you haven't already, you might want to check the labor laws in your state if you do not want to be involuntarily inoculated with a dead virus.
Illinois is employee at will. Unless you have a union backing you, or a specific individual contract, which most health care workers don't have, you can get fired without the benefit of verbal, written warnings, etc. happens a lot, sadly.
08-24-2014 11:21 PM
Stevenzachsmom I'm 56. Never had the flu or the vaccine.
08-24-2014 11:16 PM
MichaelE
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No choice here must be vaccinated or loose my job.
I've been getting the flu mist due to allergies, but will only be able to do that till I'm 50
If you haven't already, you might want to check the labor laws in your state if you do not want to be involuntarily inoculated with a dead virus.
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