Essay on Infection Control
Although it is discussed that for prevention of infecting other patients, a patient diagnosed with MRSA must be isolated immediately, but how does the patient feel being stigmatised for being ill, the effect of being diagnosed with an illness that is potentially life threatening, and a fear that the care they will receive may be compromised by staff. To be stigmatised is to be viewed as an outcast of society. Goffman (1963) states stigma is a study of situations where the normal and abnormal meets. Which lends itself to the question, how does an ill patient feel knowing that they are being viewed as ‘abnormal’.
Therefore, to be diagnosed with MRSA and to in turn be subjected to isolation, where they are withdrawn from other patients, and may only see Nurses and Doctors while they are doing their rounds, leaves a patient feeling alone and possibly depressed (Madeo, 2003 and MacKenzie et al, 1997).
Madeo (2003) states patients requiring source isolation as a result of an infectious disease are exposed to further stress that can lead to emotional and behavioural manifestations. Infectious isolated patients are