Attention: Pierre Hurteau (Patients’-Committee President)
Since 2000, I have witnessed sickening sanitary standards by nurses and their assistants, referred to as "PA’s. Take a good close look at this photo.
Through the years, it used to be almost a civil-war to get down the hallways. They would leave equipment anywhere they felt like, and if I tried to get somebody to move anthing out of my way, they would mouth-me-off that I could go around it. This included their linen/diaper carts with dirty diapers and everything hanging in trash-bags open. It was right in my face-level. That’s why there was civil-war, because I refuse to go past trash, dirty-laundry and diapers, including the stuff from isolation rooms from MRSA/C-DIFFICULE and everything which is not diagnosed.
One assistant head-nurse implemented a rule, to which I agreed in 2002. She had the staff move any equipment which could not be stored, on one wall, and the other side of the hall left plenty of room for foot-traffic and wheel-traffic. It worked on-and-off, depending on who and when somebody wanted to get a pot boiling.
Staff-workers wear masks, gloves, and wash their hands all through their shift to protect themselves. They have always been quick to proclaim that, it is mostly to protect the patients–But we can’t do that any time we need to do it. In twelve years, there has been quite a turnover of life-and-death around me. It taxes a person’s liver to have to build antibodies to so many new people, in a close environment like long-term care facilities.
In the past four years, there has been a rotation of staff. And with that change, some of the improvements have been going backwards. There are a few really good workers anywhere, who do have good personal standards. They are never the people who leave isolation trash-bins in doorways, and run-off-at-the-mouth that: "you can get by". Isn’t it nice t know, that they are so concerned about protecting me from getting contaminated with MRSA or anything else.
This photo is today, just before the assistant head-nurse went through this doorway–totally oblivious to it. The other day I asked her to get all the workers to stop leaving this same MRSA bin in the doorway, but she was more interested in lecturing me that I don’t need to worry about MRSA.–And she never agreed to make PA’s and nurses STOP parking any isolation equipment in any doorway.
The past few years, the worthless easy-money department called Infection-Control dumps their claims how MRSA isn’t contracted, but they have persuaded most Quebec hospitals to erase any precautions with MRSA. They don’t care how MRSA will now become an epidemic.–Then they will be able to "CONTROL" it.
I think that "Infection-Control" should be thrown out, and replaced by different administrators. The department would be "Infection-Prevention".
Supposedly, they want us to believe that they are pro-living-with-dignity, but don’t mind encouraging environmental-conditions conducive to contracting anything. The Super-Hero initiative two months ago, accomplished nothing in the line of motivating the care-givers (oops!–care-givers???)