Lurking Hospital Germs Causing Harm And More Illness.

Most don’t raise their hand and volunteer to go to the hospital to spend time lying in a bed. Inevitably, illness and accidents happen and we end up needing treatment, surgery, or looking for a diagnosis. While doctors, nurses, and medical staff save lives, hospitals are filled with germs, bacteria, and viruses. No matter how clean and sterile you feel a hospital room may be, you would be surprised to know where unwanted germs are lurking in your hospital room.

1- Sheets

Yes, hospitals do change the sheets and wash in between patients, but new findings show not all germs and bacteria are killed in the cleaning cycle. A new study published in Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology expresses a significant concern for hospitals across the country. Why? Researchers found the commercial laundering process is eliminating Clostridium Difficile bacteria, also known as the dreaded C. Diff infection. Hot temperatures and industrial detergent are not getting the job done. The study was done in the U.K., but if the problem is there, it can just as easily be sticking on our U.S. sheets.

2- Hand Dryers

Do you prefer paper towels or hand dryers in public restrooms? The idea behind helping to save the environment by cutting out paper and introducing hand dryers is great, but it could be causing more harm than good. Why? A new study taken place in 3 European hospitals published in the Journal of Hospital Infection indicates jet air dryers spread more bacteria than paper towels. The authors of the study conclude that our personal preference of “hand-drying methods affects the risk of airborne dissemination of bacteria in real-world settings.”

Increased findings of MRSA and ESBL-producing bacteria were found with the use of the jet -dryer in the study.

3- Curtains

Privacy curtains are helpful for privacy, but a study out of Canada brings concern for contracting MRSA. Freshly laundered privacy curtains were found to have slight percentages of MRSA at their hanging, and by day 14 had contamination rates of over 80%. The study published in the American Journal of Infection Control raises eyebrows in the question of how to create and innovate change in hospital systems in regards to textiles. 

What is next? Are germs out-smarting us? Perhaps they have learned our techniques and how to maneuver around them to stay creeping in the corner ready to attack a weakened immune system at any moment. Time for a change in textiles

What is next? Are germs out-smarting us? Perhaps they have learned our techniques and how to maneuver around them to stay creeping in the corner ready to attack a weakened immune system at any moment. Is it time for a change in textiles to hospital room germs away?

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