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Hospital Acquired Infections

Hospitals are a health risk all by themselves, just being a patient carries a about a 10% risk of infection, and about .5% risk of death. That’s independent of what you’re there for, those numbers are much, much higher if you’re in the ICU, elderly, or having surgery. And they’re probably underreported. It’s known that […]

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“Complications related to…” is a neat little phrase put on death certificates that can be horribly misleading. Most people understand that with even a mild disease, one thing can lead to another until you’ve got some pretty serious complications (TV dramas about doctors have been around for decades, I’m sure you’ve seen at least one)—and […]

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Home Acquired Infections

September 1, 2016

Hospital acquired infections regularly make the news, but what about “home acquired infections”? Past research has shown that different tricks work to help prevent different diseases: -Running a humidifier can help prevent flu transmission -Keep a distance from anyone with the flu, some strains spread only with close transmission (to animals than human to human). […]

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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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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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