I just saw this article about how patients themselves
might help prevent getting a Staph infection in hospitals:
Interesting, but I was actually hoping for MORE...hospitals are blamed for Staph infections and handwashing by the staff is emphasized, of course!, but I've seen patients use toileting equipment and not wash THEIR hands, seen patients touch all kind of body parts and then their utensils and phones, and seen patients visited by relatives/friends that are so in need of a good scrubbing that I cringe at shaking their
hands. And haven't we all seen patients, who are confused, touch all kinds of places/wounds on their bodies- transferring who-knows-what to other places on THEMSELVES?
Its common knowledge that nurses can help prevent spreading an infection from one patient to another, by handwashing and other techniques...but the patients themselves can & do bring in things- even innocently on their own skin, and infect themselves! (gasp! you mean the hospital is not to blame?) And then they ambulate as suggested, and walk the halls, touching railings, etc. , as do all of their guests. So...see article attached for how a patient might consider starting to wash with chlorohexidine prior to coming in for surgery. Interesting, no? I think a bigger education effort directed at the public and their own responsibility in preventing infections when they are hospitalized, will help as much as the emphasis on nurses to keep to the highest standard of clean technique.