I Want to Bring My Child Into The ICU!!

9:28 AM

<POP QUIZ>


Why won't hospitals let healthy children in to the Intensive Care Unit?

A. Saje je. Nak kasi pak guard kerje lebih.

B. The staff don't want kids running around messing with the equipment.

C. The staff hate children.

D. To prevent children from being consumed by the 'unseen'.

Choose ONE best answer. 

By the looks of the way the crowd responded to a security guard at a hospital in Kota Bharu, Kelantan; A and C may be the answer of choice for most Malaysian public. Just to refresh, here's a video that made its round online a few weeks back.



The initial reports stated that the attackers reacted like mad men after they were told off not to bring their children into the ICU. 

The security guard might have been a bit harsh on his words but was the attack warranted? What would their children think after seeing their fathers or relatives acting like GORILLAS in a public place where people SEEK CURE FOR THEIR ILLNESSES? As a Malaysian, I am disgusted with this kind of action. I can assure you this is NOT THE FIRST time this kind of thing happened in a government hospital. Staffs get harassed on a REGULAR BASIS! It just don't get recorded and circulated online.


Back to the quiz. As crazy and misteri nusantara as it may sound, D is the BEST answer. I am not referring to The Sixth Sense of I-See-Dead-People 'unseen' here. The unseen here is all those nasty bacteria in the hospital setting. Contrary to popular belief, the hospital ward isn't the safest place to be. In fact, sometimes it can more harmful for patients to be in the wards, especially the Intensive Care Units. The harm is mainly due to nosocomial infection. When someone acquires a nosocomial (hospital acquired) infection, the organisms that causes the infection are most likely to be the drug resistant types; SUPER BUGS. These SUPER BUGS can only be treated with stronger and more expensive antibiotics which will require intensive monitoring.

If a relatively healthy adult acquires this infection, his or her body resistance may be strong enough to respond to the infection with potentially better outcome of survival. But what about a toddler? A three year old boy? Does a toddler have the same level of resistance as a full grown adult? If an adult acts like a GORILLA just to make sure his child can visit a relative in an ICU, he should be able to knock himself twice as hard when his child succumbs to a MULTI DRUG RESISTANT infection. 


The rules are in place for a reason. It was enforced for a reason. To make sure children don't fall sick unnecessarily. Imagine a child playing around in the ICU while accompanying his parent. He accidentally sustain a cut from a sharp metal piece. He goes home and after a few days, the cut becomes severely infected. Pus starts to come out from the wound. He was brought to the clinic and hospital a few times and was started on a multiple antibiotics. No one ever got the history about the boy ever being in a hospital setting. It turns out the infection was due to Methilin Resistance Staph. aureus (MRSA). The blood culture and sensitivity (blood C+S) result was only available after a few days of hospital admission. It got so bad that the affected limb had to be amputated. This is a theoretical scenario but is highly possible. Tak percaya can try if you want.
The take home message here is:

Don't bring your children unnecessarily to the hospital
Please respect the hospital staff

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2 comments

  1. they should ask the relatives to sign a form (like the AOR form) agreeing that the hospital/KKM is not responsible if their children get hospital infection or ultimately die if they are still adamant to let their children enter hospital wards/ICU...

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  2. they should ask the relatives to sign a form (like the AOR form) agreeing that the hospital/KKM is not responsible if their children get hospital infection or ultimately die if they are still adamant to let their children enter hospital wards/ICU...

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