Well, I hate to jump on the media wagon with more commentary about the H1N1 flu virus, but I'm wondering how other health care systems are tackling this nation-wide problem.
I got the H1N1 flu shot today at work, but many of my coworkers are declining to have a flu shot. Mostly, they haven't gotten the flu in previous seasons and don't feel any increased risk with the H1N1. Some are afraid of needles. Several cannot take the nasal mist version of the vaccine because they work with transplant patients.
I thought we were taking every precaution to isolate patients who may be carriers of this flu strain and protecting other patients from possible contamination. We wear masks, eyewear, gloves and a gown with every isolated patient.
However, a family friend of mine was admitted to a hospital in Canada. At that hospital, every patient is allowed only one visitor, and that visitor must document their temperature upon arrival and departure from the hospital and must also demonstrate hand sterilization before entering the hospital premises. These rules were established to protect everyone from possible H1N1.
What do you think? Is the H1N1 flu a media frenzy? Should we be more conservative with patient visitors? Are you getting a H1N1 flu shot?