Sources: Eurweb.com; APIC.org
As Lamar Odom was moved to Cedars-Sinai from Desert View and Sunrise hospitals in Nevada a month ago, his wife Khloe Kardashian has become a frequent visitor. But in the course of being there for Lamar, she now apparently needs medical attention herself.
She’s tweeted, “I’m sick & dr’s orders are that I need to lay low until we narrow down what’s wrong…Stress can run our bodies down so please everyone take care of yourselves.”
Her official web site goes into detail about her staph infection: an incredibly painful lesion on her leg and has developed high fever and swollen glands. In addition, the reality TV star is sweating profusely with intermittent chills.
Apparently the infection is so bad that Kardashian has had to cancel several appearance to promote her new book.
Khloe’s maternal grandfather Robert Houghton died of a staph infection that he picked up after a car crash back in 1975.
Visiting a friend or family member in a healthcare facility?
Take these steps make sure you don’t spread infections:
- DON’T visit if YOU are sick.
Stay home if you are sick or have had any ill symptoms within the last three days—including nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fever (or feeling feverish), an uncontrolled cough, or a rash.
- Check first before sending flowers, or bringing food or children.
While flowers, young visitors, and home-baked goodies spread cheer, they may not be allowed. Always check first with the nurse on duty.
- Sanitize hands before and after your visit.
The soap and hand sanitizer in patient rooms are for everyone. Wash or sanitize your hands when entering and leaving the room of the person you are visiting to avoid bringing in and carrying out germs. Insist that healthcare providers do the same before caring for your loved one.
- Clean your hands after sneezing, coughing, touching your eyes, nose, or mouth, after using the restroom, and before and after eating or drinking.
Cover your cough or sneeze with your sleeve, and do not sit on patient beds or handle their equipment. Read and follow any instructions posted outside the patient’s room.
- Follow special precautions, if necessary.
If the person you are visiting is on “isolation precautions,” talk to the nurse before entering the room to find out what steps you will have to take, such as wearing a mask or other protective clothing.
- Don’t contribute to the clutter.
Limit the patient’s personal items. Less clutter eases the critical job of cleaning hospital rooms. Keep patient items off the floor and away from waste containers.
- And don’t forget that infection prevention must continue after the patient has left the healthcare setting.
Follow discharge instructions and eliminate germs from the patient’s environment by using disinfectants, such as sprays and wipes, to clean hard surfaces often.