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Making your hospital care safe

Hospital Making your hospital care safeHospital care has changed in recent times and it makes me wonder if we are going backward. We have to be increasingly vigilant by making sure our surroundings are clean and free of invasive bacteria that crop up more and more in a supposedly sterile hospital environment. So what do we need to know and how do we do that?

According to the Center for Disease Control [CDC] there are approximately 1.7 million infections acquired in U.S. hospitals every year. Nearly 100,000 of those result in death. And it’s not just hospitals. Outpatient surgery centers, long-tem care facilities, rehabilitation centers and community clinics are part of the problem, too.

Those are statistics that beckon us to take every precaution for protection. The first thing we must do is to become aware of contributing factors that have given rise to what we now know as “superbugs.” These bugs have garnered their name because of their ability to resist antibiotics, antibacterial substances and wipes; we are reaping the effects of overuse.  Plainly speaking, we have, in part, contributed to the creation of the superbug.

According to the CDC “these infections are caused by a wide variety of common and unusual bacteria, fungi and viruses [we’ve been exposed to] during the course of receiving medical care.”

In our most perfect dream, shouldn’t hospitals be a worry-free place where our babies can be born safely in a sterile and protected environment without any concern or worry? I think so and I think you agree with me. Yet more and more, instead of confidence we are forced to be fearful.

But we don’t have to despair. We can do our part in fixing it. Infections seen in the care giving environments are preventable primarily with simple rigorous hand hygiene (good old soap and water with vigorous scrubbing), meticulous cleaning of equipment and rooms between patient use, testing of incoming patients to identify those carrying dangerous bacteria, and taking precautions to prevent these bacteria from spreading to other patients.

If you are interested in learning more about this frightening subject and want to be proactive about the care you and your family get if hospitalized, here are valuable websites to raise your awareness and to be used for future reference. And I highly recommend keeping on you during your hospitalization, a bottle of strong acidic water. If you don’t have access to a 2.5 pH water, create a solution of 1 part white distilled vinegar and 4 to 6 parts tap water. Put either in a spray bottle and spray away. You’ll have much greater peace of mind. Hint: If you use the vinegar solution, the smell will go away fairly quickly as it dries or if you want, add a little fragrance to the solution. Better the smell than the bugs.

http://www.HospitalInfections.org

http://www.CautiousPatient.org

http://www.ParticipatoryMedicine.org

http://www.CDC.gov/hai/ – CDC Healthcare-Associated Infections

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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Hours: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET

Ph: 800.232.4636

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LouAnn Savage is publisher and editor of The Weekly Healthline, an online health and lifestyle publication. Follow or subscribe at these online locations: http://www.HealthFitforLife.com, http://www.Savage.TeamAsea.com, twitter @louannsavage and join her on Facebook.com/louannsavage. She is a sales representative for Asea and has affordable water ionizers available upon request.

 

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