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As study after study links the composition of our gut microbiome to our health, mind, and more, hospitals and the CDC have discovered something concerning: C. diff is becoming increasingly common. Related to tetanus and botulism, C. diff is harder to prevent and treat (although sanitation helps). Traditionally, it’s thought of as an infection required […]

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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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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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Closing HAI Gaps

October 14, 2015

Hospital acquired infections (HAIs) are a big deal. Just being patient carries a risk of illness and even death—regardless of why you’re in the hospital. According to the CDC, 1 in 25 patients will have AT LEAST one HAI. Fighting against HAIs is top priority for most hospitals. The most profitable patients—delivering mothers, people getting […]

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That’s how much medical waste each Ebola patient generated once they were in the US. The medical waste contractor refused to take it—Emory hospital had to store it in giant tupperware from the hardware store, then sterilize it themselves, THEN send it off for disposal. Most hospitals aren’t equipped for that. Medical waste is now […]

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