Healthcare professionals should not smoke
- By: Teresa Pun
Last summer, I was happily stationed at a Toronto hospital, doing research for a neurosurgeon. I loved the work and I loved the hospital—the doctors were fabulous. Then, one of these prestigious individuals lit a cigarette. Wait a minute; was I the only one who found this odd? No one else seemed to care, certainly not the patients who were huffing and puffing alongside, or the colleague that came to join his friend a minute later.
To add a little spice, everyone entering a hospital is encouraged to wash their hands with antiseptic alcohol rinse. Healthcare professionals tend to re-wash when they exit as well. One such individual, a doctor, squeezed a healthy amount of alcohol gel into his palm, scrubbed briskly and decided that he wanted a smoke on his five minute break. He set his hands on fire.
In response to this sad display, I propose that healthcare