Posts Tagged "patient"

Losing Touch With the Patient

Posted on Oct 30, 2010 in Uncategorized

By PAULINE W. CHEN, M.D. BuzzPermalink. Several years ago I helped care for a man who had been hospitalized with a severe infection of the abdominal wall. When his primary doctors discovered that the bacteria responsible was resistant to most antibiotics, they quickly isolated him, moving him into a single room with a sign on the door proclaiming “Contact Precautions” and directing visitors to put on gloves, mask and gown before entering. More Doctor and Patient ColumnsBut garbing up in all those items was not a straightforward exercise. The gowns, vast swaths of baby-yellow polyester, added...

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