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HAIs

The outbreak of the bacteria ElizabethKingia in Wisconsin has brought some very ugly things about our healthcare system to the front. Like, people with weakened immune systems aren’t getting enough support, especially if they’re hospitalized. Some of that is also highlighted in the struggle against persistent Lyme Disease: it’s a double edged sword of being […]

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Most people implicitly trust hospitals. But do they deserve that trust? A few do. Some hospitals are working hard to reduce hospital acquired infections (HAIs) with what probably seems like extreme measures, a mix of signs and disinfectant everywhere, constant verbal reminders at meetings, and technological reminders from cameras to badges that chirp when doctors […]

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HAIs About to Get Worse

April 27, 2016

Interesting bit of data about the state of health care: HAIs (Hospital Acquired Infections) are about to get a whole lot more common. Why? Some accidentally perverse incentives. The best hospitals in the country are about to have their medicare/caid funding cut (in the range of 1-2 million each) because they show up as having […]

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Looking at HAIs: More Problems

November 16, 2015

Remember the superbug outbreak linked to endoscopes? Basically, endoscopes were collecting germs (particularly CRE) and passing them between patients—despite following manufacturer and FDA directions. The initial analysis(/assumption) was that it was related to the grooves in the scopes, and hospitals promised to go above and beyond the bare recommendations to prevent future outbreaks. After months […]

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In Washington, 32 people have been identified as having received a MRSA infection through contaminated medical scopes. The scopes had been cleaned according to manufacturer directions and federal standards—as I’m sure many are in hospitals across the country. In response to the outbreak, Virginia Mason Medical Center is now cleaning scopes more rigorously. They’re not […]

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