How hard its it to change your course when you have a really big ship?
Paul Levy has this to say: http://runningahospital.blogspot.com/200
"Wash your hands, and the rest will follow..." I always say, but I'm a little guy. This is a big guy, in a big hospital. And he came out SWINGING! There are infections in every medical environment out there. Like schools,however, how hospitals deal with the problem is like how parents decide where the little tykes get enrolled.
This ship is larger than any single hospital; even the biggest. It is all about how WE act when we're in a hospital. And when I say we I mean WE! That means every single man, women and child out there. Kids swap cold germs every time they swap toys in school. That doesn't mean you don't TRY to make them wash their hands, and you TRY to have environments where wiping things down are a part of how you act. I wasn't going to a gym for very long before a understood that wearing shower-slippers is good for everyone. I wouldn't THINK of going to a salad bar with out a sneeze guard, and I treat my work environment with a healthy caution.
We need to shake hands when we meet people, it's a part of being human. But I feel just as comfortable saying "I'm getting over something right now", when I'm not sure if I'm still contagious after a cold.
We need to touch doorknobs, elevator buttons and hand rails, so I try to minimize how often I touch my face.
If I'm going INTO a treatment area, I wash my hands and try to be respectful of people's personal space. I work in oncology and some of these folks don't need any more germs coming at them.