Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Entering a Hospital? Wash Your Hands or You May Become a Serial Killer!

Los Angeles, CA—The best part of my life was being a medical corpsman for the U.S. Army serving in Germany.  This resulted from being drafted during the Viet Nam War. There, I learned a lot about hand washing and sanitization.  It all made perfect sense.  
Let me begin by reminding you that the life expectancy for human males in America in 1900 was 47 years old?  Wow, what a short life. 
Our most important discovery was Penicillin to combat infections that were killing us all.  There is a catch to that wonder drug and that’s over and or too much repetitive treatment. 
We have now have created so-called super bugs that are immune to our antibiotics arsenal. Soon we will have to find new ways to treat infections.  The best way is not to either get or transmit deadly infections to begin with.
People in nursing homes, hospitals and care facilities are becoming infected with the superbugs at a much faster rate than in even the recent past. 
Generally the medical staff s are bound by strict rules to wash their hands. They don’t do this so much because of the rules but because of training and education.
The patients and their visitors are not even encouraged to wash their hands before entering these places?  Think about how we use our hands to grasp dirty bannisters on stairwells, push elevator buttons or even handle the steering wheel in our own car.  They may look clean but they are not!
Women’s purses and our cell-phones are hotbed breeding grounds for infectious bacteria.  We must take extra steps to sanitize those things.   
I have an idea that’s overdue.  At the entrance of every care facility there should be sinks with running hot water, soap and towels.  Before patients, visitors or for that matter anyone enters these places they should be required to vigorously wash and dry their hands. 
I’m convinced that this would actually save lives.  Children and the elderly would get the most protection from this plan.
It would be expensive for care facilities to retrofit their buildings but the architects and building planners should in the future build these places with the sinks at the entrances. 
In case you’re one of those that believe in hand-sanitizer products they are no alternative for traditional hand washing.   Those things are more of a gimmick. You also need to know that we remove the most bacteria when we rub off the water with clean towels.  Those blow dryers are worthless in any effort to clean your hands.
I hope I have motivated a few of you to rethink simple hand washing.  When cleaning remember the things we touch most often like refrigerator door handles also need the most attention when we clean.
Watch the video below. 


Anonymous said...

Not to nitpick, but if you were in the Army, you were NOT a corpsmen, you were a Medic. The only corpsmen are in the Navy.

Crimefile said...

My MOS was 91A10 and Medical Corpsman is on my DD214 Discharge. Also you can Google it.