A NEW MALPRACTICE ISSUE FOR HOSPITALS?
Columbia University researchers found being in a bed previously used by a patient with an infection ups your own risk of infection by 583% (SEE ABSTRACT, HERE: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29486805), according to the current issue of Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology. The researchers conclude that “enhanced cleaning measures” are needed.
No kidding. Adequate cleaning is more vital now than ever, because germs are getting deadlier. On April 3, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that “nightmare bacteria” — causing infections that cannot be cured with most antibiotics — are spreading throughout U.S. hospitals. Fifty percent of patients who get these infections die.
When checking-in, check to make sure that your bed has been properly cleaned.