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5 Shocking Stats About Doctors

Nina Kim | NursingLink



To most people, doctors are usually considered to be respectable, knowledgeable, impartial, and — above all — healthy. Patients go to doctors hoping to have their questions answered, their ailments fixed, and — most importantly — for peace of mind.

When doctors take the Hippocratic Oath, they are promising to serve to the best of their ability but, at the end of the day, doctors are only human — they make mistakes too.

Would you be shocked to find out that doctors can be incredibly negligent about cleanliness? Or to discover their disdain for research or medical findings? We’ve compiled shocking statistics about what doctors really do and think. Warning: What you discover may change your perspective about the venerated MD title — forever.



First: Doctors DON’T Wash Their Hands >>


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    nurseevette

    over 4 years ago

    4 comments

    I'm not shocked either...do we have nursing stats like this?

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    Account Removed

    over 4 years ago

    shucks if you've been a patient you know this especially if you were the victim!

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    Nurse_John

    over 4 years ago

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    The washing of hands is not shocking at all. We have constant "hand washing audits" which is someone who looks like a visitor observes if the staff wash hands. CNA's, Lpn"s and RN's always score in the 98% or above, while Dr's consistantly score in the low 60%

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    jenny122449

    almost 5 years ago

    4 comments

    I'm so not shocked by this. Many Dr's are dishonest and like to play the blame game when they make a mistake. That is why I always tell my fellow nurses to document and cover their rear end when it comes to conversations with Dr's regarding there patients. I have also documented in the past of Dr's not washing their hands when dealing with infected patients.

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    alake

    almost 5 years ago

    2 comments

    No I'm not shocke at all, I work in a healthcare system and I have seen doctors going in and out of patient's room without washing hands, so it's not surprising. Also, there is a saying which says "do what I say but don't do what you see me doing", I guess this applies to so many people including doctors; afterall they are human.

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    sharol66

    almost 5 years ago

    2 comments

    I am not surprised by doctors not washing their hands...Are they even aware that they may be contributing to onger hospital stay if their patient get a hopital aquired infection?

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    michelleanishton

    almost 5 years ago

    8 comments

    shocking indeed. still i will pursue my career as a nurse.

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    lauralang

    almost 5 years ago

    2 comments

    As a Women's Health nurse practitioner I can tell you that even thought drug representatives detail us
    Most clinicans aren't that naive I usally use my samples for my clients who either can't afford or wouldn't have time to get a refill before they need to start. laurielangarnp

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    shahjahan

    almost 5 years ago

    2 comments

    NOTHING TO BE SHOCK ITS USUAL FOR Drs ONLY STRICTNESS FOR POOR NURSES..........DrS ALWAYS DO FUNNY THING IN SETTINGS .

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    fcohen25

    almost 5 years ago

    6 comments

    What is the point of your ridiculous article??? Why don't you spend your seemingly invaluable time investigating the real cause of disease in America ...... the big corporations like Monsanto and their patents of bioengineered seed which has led to "genetically" altered foods that poison us,,,,and while your at it you could investigate the IRS for charging "income tax" something not found in our constitution or you could take on the corrupt politicians in every arm of our government stealing billions of dollars from taxpayers.
    I am sure you would have a field day with these; genuine sources of the blackest of plagues. I for one applaud our doctors ,

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    mec

    almost 5 years ago

    6 comments

    Ms Kim,

    I assume you consider yourself a "writer" or perhaps even a "journalist"?
    I suggest you contact TMZ or STAR magazine for your next gig.

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    emilysus

    almost 5 years ago

    2 comments

    While bringing to point some important issues, I agree the article was a bit hateful. Rather than focusing on the faults of our colleagues, perhaps we should evaluate ideas for improving such situations. For instances, many hospitals have incorporated the role of a hand washing hall monitors on their floors. They keep record of who and who is not following hand washing policy. This way retraining efforts can be implemented to ensure the best safety practices are being followed. As far as hand outs from pharmacies to prescribing physicians, the issue certainly needs to be addressed. It is reprehensible to imagine any medical professional prescribing or otherwise treating any patient based on a shady financial obligation to a pharmaceutical company. This is a dangerous practice with little regard for the patient's best interest or safety. Although, I have heard of many doctors out right refusing to accept any such pharmaceutical bonuses. These rogue doctors need to be commended, celebrated, and revered as professional role models and true patient advocates. In the future, I hope to enjoy articles that highlight the innovative ways nurses can positively address similar problems in their communities rather than being subjected to an article that fosters negativity while at the same time driving the wedge deeper between doctors and nurses.

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