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    Exclamation Hospitals are making people sicker?

    Has this happened to anyone else? Thank goodness I've never had to go to the hospital here. However, of all the people I know who have been treated at a certain hospital, all of them, plus half of their visitors, have come out with some sort of infection that usually requires medicine, or worst case - surgery! I'm really dismayed, and angry!! Hospitals are facilities for the purpose of providing people with appropriate medical care, right? So how come virtually everyone I can think of gets sicker, by infection, while at the hospital?? Its disturbing!! Infection!?! Whats going on?!

    Anyone in the medical community have an explaination? Any stories or opinions? My sweet, sweet neighbor friend has to have surgery soon for an infection in her heart. Her heart!! She's not even going to the hospital for heart treatments!! I'm so upset and appalled that this happens with apparent regularity!!
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    Nothing new...
    It's no secret that you don't want to be in a hospital for any reason longer than you NEED to be there, danger bugs are everywhere, and exacerbated by negligent safety/health proceedures, like the basics of docs/nurses not washing up properly every time. Unnecessary contamination is rampant in medical settings.

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    Sadly I hear stories of people going to hospitals for minor issues and leaving with bigger ones. Contagious diseases love dense populations to begin with, but now take it up a notch with dense populations of sick/weakened people.

    My dad used to repair medical equipment. He never worked in the same room as the patients and he never worked if he felt sick, so he never caught anything serious. He would get funky colds, probably from breathing the circulated air.

    My guess is you get the serious stuff from being touched by the staff. I'm guessing they get it from touching other patients or contaminated surfaces/equipment.

    Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) is a big problem in hospitals.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ron Whitfield View Post
    ...exacerbated by negligent safety/health proceedures, like the basics of docs/nurses not washing up properly every time.
    This is a warning that is repeatedly given about being in the hospital, insist that the medical care people wash their hands before touching you. Every time, every procedure. And gloves do not replace the need to WASH.
    Now run along and play, but donít get into trouble.

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    Ummm, every time I go into a public bathroom, there's those signs from the Health Dept about the importance of, and how to - - - WASH YOUR HANDS!! Its 10000 times more important in a hospital setting, where some of their patients may have a communicable disease!! Furthermore, I would think that hand washing is stressed in med school! Something is WRONG with this!! Very, gravely wrong!! It has caused deaths!! Do they just not care at all about the quality of care they give? Do they make more money by infecting people?? This is unbelievably SHAMEFUL!! SHAME on hospitals that infect people!!! How can we put an end to this? I'm horrified and disgusted and angry.
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    BTW, In most hospitals, there's at least hand sanitizer readily available, oftentimes at the door of the rooms!! You doctors and nurses went to school and spent $10,000 or more to make people well, not sicker!!
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    This is not something new. ;( You can pick up more infections being in a hospital. I had surgery (maybe 10 years ago); my insurance would've probaby allowed for a longer stay. My surgeon actually wanted me to go home after several days. Said I would've picked up "bad stuff" staying in the hospital. I went home and had home health care (a nurse coming in every day) for 3 months. My daughter is an RN but working in Administation as a Case Worker in the system. She has been major sick for the last 2 months and so has her co-workers and that's not even been doing hands-on care with patients. My SIL works in the school system, he picks up stuff from the students. My poor 18-month old grandchild is down again with a viral infection. They are all down doing antibiotics and whatever and just trying to go to work. They do precautions as far as transference in the hospitals or any other setting but I think it'll still happen unfortunately.

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