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Visiting a sick person is not much different from visiting. There you must comply with existing regulations and applied by the hospital. One of them does not eat patient food. Even though it may seem trivial, it turns out to be bad for the patient, even you. What might happen?
It’s dangerous to eat a patient’s food when visiting.
People who visit someone in the hospital are more susceptible to disease. Naturally, considering the hospital is a gathering place for sick people who carry bacteria and germs.
Especially if you don’t have a robust immune system, when your immune system is weak, viruses or bacteria will cause infections more quickly. They can easily get the disease if they are not careful.
One of the things that also makes you susceptible to illness when visiting a hospital is eating a patient’s food.
When visiting family members who are sick, you may find they are given a variety of nutritious foods. You are ranging from rice, vegetables, side dishes, fruit, to snacks. Not infrequently, the food provided by this hospital is not finished.
When seeing food that has not been eaten or even not touched, there is a feeling of pity if the food then becomes wasteful and thrown away. Even so, you are not recommended to eat food that is served to patients.
Reporting from the Ministry of Health page, bacteria and viruses can move through saliva, sneezing, and coughing. When the infected saliva touches the spoon or food in the tray, and you touch or even eat the food, a virus or bacteria will move to your body.
This will also have an impact on the patient’s health.
Nutrition plays a significant role in the recovery of the health of hospital patients. A healthy diet will help patients to make their body systems stronger, more powerful, and of course, heal faster.
For this reason, the patient’s food at the hospital is essential and contributes to the patient’s recovery.
Food for patients served in hospitals is undoubtedly different from the food served at home. Food in the hospital is served according to the needs of patients, ranging from carbohydrates, proteins, fats, vitamins, to minerals.
In addition to providing, the hospital’s nutrition team also monitors whether or not the patient’s nutritional needs are met. If you eat the patient’s food, of course, the nutrition team will think the patient is eating all the food well.
The nutrition team could have concluded the patient’s condition began to improve due to increased appetite. This can even be a consideration for doctors to send patients home, without knowing that the patient’s food is gone by those who visit.
If this happens, the patient certainly does not get the maximum and complete treatment. As a result, it could be fatal to the health of the patient himself.
That is why, even if it looks safe and the patient is recovering, you are still not advised to eat the patient’s food when visiting.
If the patient does not finish his food due to lack of appetite, you can help report it to the nurse or doctor as a report on the patient’s health development.