November 1, 2008
Researchers are finding that nose swabbing to look for the MRSA superbug isn’t super effective at minimizing hospital infection.
Little wonder in some ways. Since hospitals will most likely be punished in the future if someone gets an infection they didn’t have when they came in, the process of nose swabbing may have more to do with saving money than saving lives.
The solution, say researchers, is to implement more broad based infection control measures.
October 31, 2008
The Mighty Sharpie!
You know, those permanent markers that cost a couple of bucks? Spend those couple of dollars for insurance purposes if you go into the hospital. This article shows that the because the ink in Sharpies is alcohol based it stays clean of infection. So here are some tips for using the Sharpie next time you go to a hospital:
- If you’re having surgery on part of your body, mark it with the Sharpie as a reminder of where to cut. Statements like, “This is the bad foot,” while sounding funny, are actually a good way of reminding the docs where to cut.
- Writing a little note like, “Swab my port,” if you have an IV line or, “Wash your hands,” somewhere on your arm will remind a nurse or doc to wash up before they touch you.
October 30, 2008
This is a great way to start my new blog. This article hits the nail right on the head.
Especially important is the fact that families are also partners in care, not just customers. According to Beverly Johnson, the president of the nonprofit institute for Family-Centered Care:
“Families are allies and partners for safety and quality.”
Couldn’t have said it better myself.