Hospitals are NOT good places to be if you have CLL, due to our compromised immune systems, though sometimes we have no choice. Here's another good reason to look after your health to hopefully avoid hospital admissions:
Results of a small survey showed that many healthcare professionals reported to work while sick, despite recognizing that this could put their patients at risk.
About 95% of survey respondents acknowledged that working while sick puts patients at risk, but 83% of respondents said they had worked while sick at least once in the past year.
About 9% of respondents reported working while sick at least 5 times.
Hematology Times (free membership)
JAMA Pediatrics article:
Design, Setting, and Participants: We performed a mixed-methods analysis of a cross-sectional, anonymous survey administered from January 15 through March 20, 2014, in a large children’s hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Data were analyzed from April 1 through June 1, 2014. The survey was administered to 459 attending physicians and 470 APCs, including certified registered nurse practitioners, physician assistants, clinical nurse specialists, certified registered nurse anesthetists, and certified nurse midwives.
The JAMA Editorial states:
For centuries, a guiding principle for health care workers (HCWs) has been primum non nocere, or first do no harm. Although this adage has been applied mostly to therapeutic interventions, it also infers that HCWs should not spread infections to their patients, especially the most vulnerable patients. However, HCWs do exactly that when they work with patients while ill themselves with contagious infections. A plethora of evidence suggests that HCWs can transmit a variety of infections to patients during routine clinical activities. Even common but untreatable infections like enterovirus and respiratory syncytial virus can prove deadly to immunocompromised patients. (My emphasis)
(You need a JAMA account to read both in full, but the article abstract tells you enough...)