Last night at work I admitted a man with MRSA in his sputum and wounds on his hands. Well before the end of my shift he decided to leave against medical advice because according to him it was degrading that we had to dress in full mask and gown/have him in isolation. We tried to explain to him that this infection can be very difficult to treat and is highly contagious so it is for our protection. Well fast forward to today. My friend and I were going out for our normal lunch together with the kids at a buffet. This man is getting food off the buffet, his wound don't even have dressings on them, and he is exposing every person in there to MRSA. I told my friend we were leaving but because of HIPPA I could not tell the buffet staff or other customers. Ugh. I am so fustrated. Before he left we did instruct him to stay out of the public and offered to set up a home health aide to do his errands.
on Jan. 10, 2013 at 2:18 PM