How to keep leukemia patient safe?
January 28, 2008 12:20 PM Subscribe
Leukemia patient -- how sterile should their hospital environment be?
posted by ellenaim to Health & Fitness (11 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Less than 2 weeks ago, a close relative was hospitalized with acute promyelocytic leukemia and was immediately started on an aggressive treatment. Needless to say, her immune system is shot. To the family, the hospital room and area she's in are not as sterile as we want. The only precaution her guests are required to follow is to wash their hands and wear face masks if they have a cold. Although it is not required, the family have all opted always to wear masks to protect her while visiting. It is also apparently not required for the hospital staff to wear masks while interacting with her. Is this normal? Is it okay that we wear our street clothes and shoes while visiting? What determines how sterile of an environment an immunosuppressed patient should be in? The exact condition? The quality of the hospital? Can/should we demand more from the hospital? Should we seek treatment elsewhere? Am I over-reacting?
You are not the patient's doctor, but if you have any relevant advice or experience, please share.