Show of hands

Modern Healthcare - - Opinions Letters -

Ial­ways en­joy read­ing Mod­ern Health­care and find the ar­ti­cles very timely and thought­ful. How­ever, I was amazed and, frankly, ap­palled when I turned to page 13 and saw the pic­ture of a health­care worker hand­ing med­i­ca­tions to a pa­tient us­ing bare hands (“Out is in; in is out,” May 3).

This is so out­side the stan­dards of prac­tice and in di­rect vi­o­la­tion of in­fec­tion pre­ven­tion prac­tices. I wouldn’t be sur­prised if this ac­tu­ally hap­pens in some cases, but surely should not be por­trayed in a mag­a­zine that car­ries in­flu­ence and prides it­self in bring­ing up-to-date in­for­ma­tion to read­ers.

It would be a good prac­tice for all por­tray­ing med­i­cal pro­ce­dures of any kind to seek the ad­vice of the pro­fes­sion­als be­ing por­trayed.

Donna Bechthold Vice pres­i­dent, pa­tient care

Ad­ven­tist Health Til­lam­ook (Ore.) County Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal

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