a reply to: violet
I work in a hospital, and I can tell you, you are spot on with this. The staff are the most careless with standard contact precautions for a number of
reasons, but many will proclaim it is because, "Everyone had already been infected anyway! It doesn't matter!" Not true, of course. I have been
swabbed multiple times, and I am still negative. Of course, I am OCD about handwashing and not touching my face...
However, tracking of contact precautions bears out the truth. They actually have spies that follow employees in hospitals to verify handwashing
techniques, and foaming in/out of rooms, and the average reported compliance is 75-80%. No hospital, EVER, has reported 100% compliance. If they did,
they lied. This research is easily found on google, if anyone wishes to research it.
Also, it is a known FACT that a doctor's tie is the filthiest object in a hospital. They see a patient, lean over them, the tie brushes all over the
patient. He washes his hands, sees the next patient. That nasty tie brushes all over that patient, and so on. How often do they clean their ties?
Monthly? Maybe less? When it gets stained enough, one supposes... in the meantime, it is transmitting all sorts of nastiness.
Of course, we have all heard by now, of the "New Superbug!" MRSA, drug resistant. Do any of you realize this is almost always transmitted by
healthcare workers TO the patient? Do you also realize that if this happens, it is the responsibility of the hospital to pay for the treatment to heal
the patient? Do you also realize that once infected, you become a carrier for life? You also become "branded" for life. Every time you get admitted to
a hospital from that day forward, you are admitted into isolation, and are there for the duration of your stay, whether you swab positive or not,
active infection, or not.
Lets also consider two points. Both of these people swore they practiced standard contact precautions, and then some, so only two possibilities
1. They fail at standard contact precautions, and touched a body fluid contaminated surface and then ingested it or touched their mucus membranes. Ew.
2. There is a mode of transmission the CDC is not aware of, or revealed.
These patients will be placed in isolation. This means a chain of custody, just like in police work, MUST be followed. All of their linen, disposeable
utensils and food products, everything, must be incinerated. Does anyone think that 24/7, 365, someone will escort housekeeping, janitors, and Joe the
engineer 100% of the time to be sure that all precautions are followed? I can promise at some time, someone will be unavailable, too tired, or trust
Joe the Janitor, to do the right thing.
I can also promise that NO facility follows contact precautions 100% of the time. That is how these two got sick. Occam's Razor. OR, the CDC is lying
about modes of transmission.
Take your pick. It can only be one of the two.
If the doctor and aid worker failed, then what makes anyone think a teaching hospital with likely non-english speaking housekeeping, janitors paid
minimum wage, etc., will follow chain of command custody on soiled goods to the incinerator all of the time. It's not realistic, and it won't
Let us bow our heads in shame, that healthworkers already infect patients with hospital aquired MRSA, and pray Ebola is not the "New Superbug"!
edit on 2-8-2014 by Libertygal because: (no reason given)