By Robert Field
The article “Is General Hospital lax in preventing spread of disease? ” appeared on June 4, 2017. Yesterday I once again visited Lancaster General Hospital for a blood test.
The prior article started: “When visiting hospitals in Philadelphia and New York, we encountered hand sanitizing gel dispensers almost everywhere and make use of them, realizing that every thing touched in a hospital has a potential for transmitting disease.
“According to John Hopkins Medicine, “Good hand hygiene – washing hands or using a hand sanitizing gel – is the number one way to prevent the spread of germs.”
“Yet on recent visits to Lancaster General Hospital, we were surprised at a scarcity of hand sanitizing gel dispensers on the floors. Last week we walked from the blood lab in the annex across Duke Street to the garage at the main entrance on James Street without encountering a dispenser.”
Yesterday, in the midst of the worse flu epidemic in a decade, I visited Lancaster General for a blood test.
They still hadn’t installed hand sanitizing dispensers throughout the hospital. Especially unserved where the elevator landings and doorways where they are omnipresent in almost all hospitals.
I did not visit the upper floors of the hospital.
Many of the entry doors do open automatically which is a good thing in preventing the spread of disease from those coming to and leaving the hospital. But they have not so equipped the doors between the hospital and garage on upper floors.
At a time when, due to the flu epidemic, other hospitals are restricting visitors and especially encouraging visitors to sanitize their hands, Lancaster General is still doing nothing in this area to protect the health of patients, staff and visitors.
I see this as extraordinary and willful negligence on their part.