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  •  And what if they're positive? (2+ / 0-)
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    kyril, churchylafemme

    There are pretty strict guidelines in place for health care workers so that they don't pass disease from patient to patient or to/ from themselves. Not that it's always followed but that's a whole other thing.

    I'm sort of hoping you aren't advocating that people be
    free of disease as a condition of employment.

    •  contagious diseases..... (5+ / 0-)

      well, yes.  that would be a good idea.  Under treatment, less of a problem.  But he stole their drugs, injected them into himself and then filled the same syringe with saline for them to be injected with the contaminated, used syringe.  But now, could he have avoided sticking his blood into people in his regular work?  Most probably.  But if he were coughing TB all over people, some with depressed immune systems- well yes.  He shouldn't be working in a hospital with the public until his TB was treated.  

      I thought I might have TB after I had chemo, and I stayed home and avoided contact with people until I had a definitive diagnosis (Mycobacterium avium, a relative of TB).  And then I took the drugs.  This guy did bad things and we should keep those facts in mind, not hypotheticals.  If he was stealing drugs, the next hospital should have been told they couldn't recommend him.  full stop.

      You shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you mad. Aldous Huxley

      by murrayewv on Wed Dec 04, 2013 at 06:12:31 PM PST

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    •  There are some communicable diseases (0+ / 0-)

      such that no one who has them and is currently contagious should be working with food or in a patient-contact healthcare role. Hepatitis would be one of those.

      •  Healthcare providers have standards known as (0+ / 0-)

        "Universal Precautions", set in place to avoid transmission of diseases such as hepatitis. Universal Precautions include treating all body fluids, including your own as being infectious, washing hands before and after coming into contact with patients (and frequent hand washing in between) and using personal protective equipment, such as gloves. The various forms of hepatitis are primarily spread from person to person through contact with contaminated blood or occasionally other body fluids, not simply through casual contact. It would be discriminatory to bar persons who have chronic hepatitis infections from these jobs. This would be akin to banning persons with HIV.  As long as a person is taking reasonable precautions, there is very little risk of spreading the virus.

        •  They take people with salmonella, etc off the job (0+ / 0-)

          by law, until it is demonstrated they are disease free.  Same with similar conditions.  Remember Typhoid Mary?   Many states also have laws in place that require workers to be paid until they can return to work if ordered to stop working by the health dept.  Places that don't have such laws are being foolish.

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