Thursday, October 25, 2012
Presenteeism - Don't Come to Work Sick!
Mike has posted numerous times on the problem of presenteeism in healthcare workers. The Wall Street Journal has a nice article/video on "the art of calling in sick" and why it's important to stay home to protect your co-workers. The post includes sage advice from Iowa's own Loreen Herwaldt, who advises influenza and pertussis vaccines and good hand hygiene. She says that "the 24-hour rule pediatricians preach to parents—that a child with the flu should stay home from school or day care at least 24 hours after the fever and symptoms go away—usually holds true for adults too." Importantly, she also mentions that the rules would differ for healthcare workers who are sick.