Are your shoes cleaner than mine?

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!


As a veteran Dialysis patient for the last seven years, I discovered early on that the rules are laid out very clearly when you start Dialysis, but then a majority of them are just shoved aside once treatment begins.

To be honest, I'm glad we can wear our shoes into the clinic. Many of the patients like to take them off and you can literally see fumes rising.

I don't know how hygenic patients are in your clinic, but the "H" word seems to be foreign over here.

Take care.

Kamal D Shah said…
Hey Stacy, thanks for stopping by!

Well, I know from your blog about your opinion of your fellow patients. Here, mostly, the patients are angels! Its the dialysis techs (your equivalent of nurses) who are the 'fucktards'.