(8/11/2015) Cleaning Hospital Room Surfaces to Prevent Health Care–Associated Infections: A Technical Brief
Health care–associated infections (HAIs) are a leading cause of illness and death in the United States and worldwide. In 2011, an estimated 721,800 HAIs occurred in the United States, leading to 75,000 deaths (1). A multifaceted approach to preventing infection is critical to reducing the risk for HAIs, including hand hygiene practices, antimicrobial stewardship, and environmental cleaning and disinfecting…
Has this been declared an epidemic like opioid-related deaths? No, because we’re not talking about the drug war. How many billions to fight the failed drug war, and how much to fight infections?
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Eliminating HAIs requires doctors to wash their hands of germs. The drug war requires them to wash their hands of you. Which requirement they perform reliably depends entirely on profit and self-interest. Whether something is labeled an “epidemic” or not follows the same principle.
The reason so little is done about medical error is that there is no money in eliminating it, and quite a bit of profit in letting it go unchecked since the victims will generate massive additional revenue to get their new problems treated. Eliminating HAIs requires the purchase of ammonia, a mop, sponges and a minimum wage employee to use them, and that is just way to much money to save 75,000 lives.
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Hospitals are a dirty business. Lots of sick people. Lots of germs. All cooped up in one place. Then employees and visitors come and spread their germs. We should change the name of hospitals to… Germ Factories. And they should all have a warning label: Enter at your own risk. Gas masks are recommended.
Hospitals remind me of prisons. 🙂