Wednesday, 23 February 2011 19:35

Are your shoes cleaner than mine?

Written by  Kamal Shah
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Most dialysis units in India have a sign outside them that asks people to leave their footwear outside. This is to make sure that dirt does not enter an otherwise supposedly clean and hygienic area. So, patients and their attenders religiously follow this and leave their footwear in the designated area and only then go into the dialysis unit.

People who manage the unit however, do not follow this instruction for the most part. Hospital management, staff, dialysis technicians and nurses barge in to the unit almost always with their footwear on. Why this discrimination? Are your shoes cleaner than the patients'?

If regular footwear is not allowed, it should be not allowed for everyone. If it is allowed for hospital staff, it should be allowed for patients as well.

I have never understood this. I thought this was restricted to one or two hospitals. I was wrong. This is prevalent in many hospitals.

I dare not point this out too. Already, my being proactive has landed me in some trouble. I can do without more!


Kamal Shah

Kamal Shah

Hello, I'm Kamal from Hyderabad, India. I have been on dialysis for the last 13 years, six of them on PD, the rest on hemo. I have been on daily nocturnal home hemodialysis for the last four and half years. I can do pretty much everything myself. I love to travel and do short weekend trips or longer trips to places which have dialysis centers. Goa in India is a personal favorite. It is a great holiday destination and has two very good dialysis centers.

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