Ok folks listen up
If you are ever visiting anyone in the hospital, before you get anywhere near their bedside, ask a nurse if there is an infectious protocol in place and if you need to wear anything near whomever you're visiting.
St Jude Fullerton's infectious disease protocol doesn't do enough to protect people who don't ask a nurse about the infectious status of a patient. Just an hour ago, I unknowingly put myself at risk of contracting a drug-resistant bacteria. Luckily in the three to five minutes I was standing next to the infectious patient I didn't touch him or get coughed on by him.
The hospital infectious staff think I'm safe to be in public and my doctor concurs.
The nurse who buzzed me into the step down CCU didn't warn me.
The sign outside my friend's room is miniscule and placed in a location which is not well lit or easily seen by someone approaching the room if that person doesn't know to look for it.
There's some red tape on the floor but no indication what that means.
Now -- other than the nurse who buzzed me in not telling me to stop at the nurse's station -- supposedly the hospital is following the regulations.
I've aired my complaints about the poor signage and the lack of a verbal warning from the nurse's station with the hospital's Director of Evidence-Based Practice. I'll also be calling OSHA and the joint commission which audits hospital infectious protocols as the regulation isn't good enough.