In recent years, an increase in foreign hospitals in the US has led to an increase in international health care workers passing on diseases between the US and their home countries. In fact, researchers have estimated that in the last few years more than 200 cases of coronavirus were recorded between the US and Europe.
In some cases this can be significant. A recent case of a patient who had traveled from Eastern Europe to Germany died due to a bout of pneumonia caused by serovar coronavirus (Svavavirus). The number of US cases reported of this strain increased by a massive 10 times since 2015. In order to prevent a similar situation from happening here, there are a few steps that you should take to ensure your home health workers are safe.
Check your nurse’s IDs
Your last line of defense is your insurance. Once you get your treatment from the doctor, or hospital for that matter, you have to go back home to make sure everything is right before you can go back to work. One of the main purposes of your health care is to not only make sure you get the best care possible, but also that you return home safely and healthy. Since many nurses travel by car and train from overseas to the US, taking precautions can really be a life or death situation for them.
So, make sure that everything on your nurse’s ID is ok and that they can return safely. For example, has your nurse been vaccinated against the SARS virus? You don’t want to risk going home and someone getting exposed to a superbug from a foreign nurse.
Pay attention to when your nurse leaves your care
While treating foreign patients is one of the safest ways to get your health care, it is also a safe way to get your germs. After all, you have no choice but to take care of patients that are currently ill. What you should be doing is making sure that you give an hour warning so that you can bring in another nurse so you can be able to maintain care. By doing this, you will reduce the likelihood of someone getting exposed to anything harmful while you are out of the house.
If your nurse is coming back to you at a later date, or if your nurse is coming back while you are not sick and you want them to not visit you or take care of your nursing equipment, keep your nurse under observation as well. Also, keep checking on them regularly to make sure that your safety is not jeopardized.
Also make sure to follow any of the symptoms that have been described of the virus. While not all SARS patients become hospitalized, even small exposures can lead to hospitalization. So, pay attention to your nurse and if you feel the need to take even the most basic precaution, do so. Remember that your health is your primary concern while in the hospital and you should not put your life at risk.