Post # 1
A good friend of mine is in the IICU and I was going to try to visit her tomorrow. She isn’t dealing with anything contagious. I’m a little nervous since I’m still newly pregnant, almost 6 weeks.
What would you do in my situation? I can’t call my doctor because it’s Saturday so the office isn’t open until Monday, otherwise I would just ask him.
Post # 2
I would refuse and wait in the waiting room outside. This happened very commonly in the hospital I worked at and she should understand you don’t want to risk anything at all. As long as you pass on your thoughts she should understand, the staff would back you up X
sorry im going to edit and say, despite her having nothing contagious you never know who has been where and what germs can be around in an ICU they usually see the worst of infections, so I stand by my first statement x
Post # 3
Make sure to practice good hand washing technique. Do not touch your eyes or your face. Not sure where you live but most hospitals have hand sanitizer outside of patient rooms so medical staff can foam in and foam out of every room (use sanitizer before and after going into rooms).
Remember that even if your friend is not contagious, hospitals have very sick people in and out. Many of us are doctors, nurses, etc and work in a hospital or clinic setting every day even while pregnant. You will be fine.
In your shoes I would not go, as patients in ICU are very ill and often not really up to visitors. Instead I would send a heartfelt card and small gift.
Post # 4
Just be careful and wash your hands thoroughly. And if you’re really worried, change your clothes and/or shower when you get home. I am a physical therapist in a hospital and am 14 weeks pregnant. I frequently work with those in the ICU and on med surg with various ailments, I just am sure to practice good hand hygiene and I don’t take chances. If a patient is on specific precautions due to a contagious illness I am sure to follow those precautions carefully. There are absolutely illnesses at the hospital that you can be exposed to but as long as you follow the carefully placed precautions that every hospital is required to adhere to, you should be fine.