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November 14, 2007

Staph Reduction

It's a little bit scary when you hear about the growing cases of resistant staph infections in Hawaii and elsewhere.  It's even more frightening when you hear that too most of these cases are occurring right in the very facilities where one would expect to feel safest--in a hospital. Whether it's a question of hygiene or better implementation of mandatory safety procedures, it is an absolute must that the healthcare industry solve this problem that seems to be growing in its own facilities.

The thought that you might leave a hospital worse off than when you entered is hard to imagine, and we're talking about the United States here, not a Third World country.  Whether in Hawaii or elsewhere, overly cautious hygiene protocol must be the rule, and the recent rash, pardon the pun, of staph infections plaguing the health industry should be the ultimate wake-up call that standard operating procedure simply cannot continue.

It's tough enough being a patient in need of care and repair, but the potential trauma need not be magnified when there are apparently some basic, preventive measures that start with simply requiring better and more frequent hand-washing by all workers.  Reducing methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus is a priority of the highest order, and that's a positive sign, and it should be successfully dealt quickly.  Think about it.

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