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February 23, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 228

Hospital rules and regulations are implemented in order to promote health and guarantee safety. For instance, hospital wards require that appropriate medical uniforms should always be worn. This must be given importance and understood by all members of hospital staffs, especially nurses. However, despite proper instruction, there are still a lot of health care providers who are unable to comply with rules and regulations on wearing proper clothing. There may be a variety of excuses for their failure to comply and, in fact, the most common reasons are not having enough money to buy multiple sets of clothing or that their schedules are too packed that they don't have time to make sure that they have the appropriate uniforms with them. Whatever reason one may have for not complying with hospital protocol, it is important to remember that wearing the correct uniform plays a vital role in everyone's health and safety.

As much as possible, we want to put a stop to the increasing incidence of hospital-acquired infection. It should be kept in mind that most people in hospitals tend to have weak immune systems so one must not wander or roam around the hospital using uniforms which are intended to be used only in a particular area. This is extremely important especially in handling infectious diseases where bacteria can be easily transmitted to and acquired by others. Also, we want to ensure the safety of health care providers by not exposing them to unnecessary risks. To provide further information, this article is focused on clothing protocol in various hospital wards.

1. In oncologic units, nurses are more likely to deal with patients who are currently undergoing chemotherapy and radiation therapy. That is the reason why it is necessary to wear leaded gowns. Aside from gowns, goggles are also necessary to protect the eyes. Since there are two types of radiation therapy, namely, brachyteraphy (short distance) and teleteraphy (long distance), the caring procedure for one differs from the other. For the latter type, exposure to radiation must be limited to within 30 minutes. That is why aside from wearing a leaded gown and goggles, it is also necessary to have a radiation dosimeter which will caution nurses and enable them to monitor the time. It should be kept in mind that all these are required in order to protect the body from chemotherapeutic drugs that can damage normal cells when extravasations occur and to ensure that no harm will be suffered by both the patient and the health care provider.

2. In operating rooms, it is crucial to maintain sterility in order to prevent and avoid infections that can further aggravate a patient's condition. Wearing suits such as a landau scrub is one way of ensuring that the area remains sterile. However, if a landau scrub suit is to be used in the operating room, it should be worn exclusively in the same area and not elsewhere. The reason is, if the scrub suit is utilized in an infectious ward or in an emergency room, it is possible that the clothing may harbor infectious microorganisms that can be transmitted to other patients in the operating room or even in other areas of the hospital. If you are on a tight budget, buying extra sets of scrub suits might be a burden but always keep in mind that it is a small price to pay for everyone's health and safety. Just keep an eye out for stores which offer discounts on landau scrubs and grab the chance when you find one.

3. In an emergency room, little is known about the patients' medical history and condition. There is hardly enough time to check their health profile because patients who are brought to the emergency ward are, more likely, experiencing life-threatening situations. Since time is always of the essence, it is absolutely necessary to act quickly. However, speed should never be a substitute for competence and safety. The same degree of care should be performed in the emergency room for everyone, including yourself. So, a scrub suit that is exclusively for use in the emergency room is of vital importance. More often than not, you will have to deal with blood or other body fluids from patients. To protect yourself, wearing non-latent gloves is indispensable as well. Also, one should always be on the lookout for contagious diseases that can be readily determined just by looking at a patient. For instance, patients with meningococcemia usually manifest blue-violet bruises that do not look like bruises from physical trauma. In these instances, it is advisable to wear a mask such as a N95 respiratory mask to avoid inhaling any bacteria that may be transmitted to you.

These are some notes that one must remember when rendering care in various wards. Bear in mind that complying with hospital rules and standards is something that is not to be taken lightly as they are crucial in ensuring the health and wellness of both patients and health care providers.

Edwin M. Leyva is a medical practitioner who loves sharing information about cheap landau scrubs and urbane scrubs as well as other subjects.

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