CBS Denver

One of the most time-honored medical philosophies is “First, do no harm”.

It means that the most important ethical practice is to make sure we don’t harm our patients as we try to help them get better.

Yet it seems when it comes to illness, many doctors forget that vow: we go to work even when sick—exposing our own patients to our own germs— when we really shouldn’t be within miles of our hospitals and offices.

Why?

A new study in JAMA Pediatrics tried to find an answer.

Researchers surveyed more than 500 Doctors, Nurse Practitioners, and Physician Assistants. More than eight in ten admitted going to work when they were sick, even though they knew they could be spreading germs to those who they were to be taking care of.

And we’re not talking about going in to see patients with a mild case of sniffles. Those surveyed admitted…

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