by: Sharon Thomas, staff writer
Best Natural Treatments, Natural Personal Care
you’re admitted to the hospital, the hope is that by
discharge you’re better off than when you arrived.
Unfortunately, your mere presence in a healthcare facility increases
your risk of exposure to harmful pathogens and infection.
you may know: All healthcare facilities have clearly
defined infection control policies with the goal of promoting disease
‘prevention.’ But, their effectiveness isn’t always so clear –
especially when you consider the surprising places where germs are found.
risk revealed: Nearly 90% of privacy curtains in hospital rooms
are loaded with MRSA, study says
the September 2018 issue of American Journal of Infection Control, Canadian
researchers running a longitudinal pilot study published a
tested the cleanliness of privacy curtains hanging in patient rooms on a
burn unit in a hospital in Winnipeg. These curtains were freshly laundered
at the start of the study.
after just 14 days, 87.5% of the curtains tested positive
for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), a potentially
deadly bacteria. Conversely, two control privacy curtains hung in
areas without direct patient or caregiver contact stayed clean for an
entire three weeks.
top of that, the lead author of this study published similar findings –
back in a 2017 study.
main issue here is cross-contamination: NONE of the privacy curtains
were hung in rooms occupied by patients who already had MRSA, and the
samples from the curtains were taken where people frequently touched them
– suggesting that even if prevention policies such as
hand-washing were strictly being enforced and followed, the spread of
infection was still alive and well in this healthcare facility.
is clearly concerning, especially when you consider how dangerous MRSA
is. According to the National Health Service of the UK, MRSA
can survive for weeks on soft and hard surfaces.
question is: when was the last time your loved one’s privacy curtain was
Many other areas in healthcare facilities are hot spots for harmful
bacteria are an “increasingly serious threat to global public health”
according the World Health Organization. And in addition to privacy
curtains, research shows that these dangerous pathogens can also
be found on surfaces like remote controls, elevator
buttons, and even the floors.
complicate matters, research shows that disinfectant use is linked
with an increased risk of lung disease, including chronic obstructive
pulmonary disease (COPD). COPD is the third leading cause
of death in the United States and is estimated to affect at least 11
million people, according to the American Lung Association.
course, most healthcare facilities aren’t likely to go “all natural”
when it comes to infection control protocols. But to protect
your family, opt to make your own natural disinfecting solutions at home.
DIY products, made with ingredients as simple as baking soda,
essential oils, and vinegar, are surprisingly effective and can decrease
your family’s exposure to harmful germs, mold, and toxins.
for visiting loved ones in a hospital, practice strict hand hygiene when
touching your surroundings, especially privacy curtains and other items
which aren’t as frequently washed. Plus, maintain a strong immune
system with a steady diet of healthy food and good quality supplements
like, vitamin C and D.
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