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Do not just assume your provider's hands are clean

While the hospitals and medical centers in Pima and the surrounding areas are looked to as places of healing, you have likely also heard stories of how people have acquired illnesses and infections stemming from visits to such facilities. The clients that we here at The Law Office of Jojene Mills, P.C. have worked with after having dealt with such issues often express surprise that one of the major sources of hospital-acquired infections are not the conditions of such facilities, but the caregivers found therein. You might automatically assume that hand hygiene is not something you have to worry about when dealing with healthcare professionals, yet you may be surprised as how clean the hands treating you truly are. 

Information shared by The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that studies have revealed that healthcare providers, on average, clean their hands less than half as often as they should. Hand hygiene standards call for healthcare workers to wash their hands: 

  • Before and after direct contact with a patient's skin
  • After contact with bodily fluids (including blood), mucous membranes, wounds and wound dressings
  • After contact with surfaces in patient treatment areas
  • After removing gloves
  • After using the restroom
  • Before moving their hands from a contaminated area of the body to a clean-body site

It is easy to defer to the expertise of doctors, nurses and other healthcare workers due to your limited clinical knowledge, yet a way to avoid hospital-acquired infections is to be an active participant in your care. Thus, you should not be afraid to ask providers to wash their hands if you feel they are not doing it enough, nor to escalate action if such a request is not met. You can learn more about dealing with cases of hospital worker negligence here on our site. 

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