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Patients at risk when sick hospital workers go to work

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A Houston doctor who commented on a recent study stated that patients are at risk when hospital workers report to work while sick, Reuters stated on July 6.

Dr. Jeffrey Starke, who wrote a response to research published in JAMA Pediatrics, stated that cancer and transplant patients whose immune systems are weak are at particular risk when medical workers come to work while sick. The study, conducted by Julia Szymczak and her team, found that out of 536 workers at a Philadelphia hospital, 83 percent admitted to working while sick in 2014. The research also suggested that the respondents were aware that they compromise the health of patients when they work while ill. Dr. Starke further stated that aside from passing the illness to other people, doctors who are sick do not perform their jobs as well.

The Madison lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C.® believe that patients are put at risk when doctors come to work sick – not only may they contract the same illness, but a doctor who is not feeling well may make more mistakes. If your health has worsened due to a negligent doctor or hospital, call (800) 242-2874 today to begin taking action against those responsible.