It’s all over the news this morning, from CNN to NBC to CBS, ABC and Fox – a report of widespread MRSA and other staph infections. They are superbugs that can’t be eradicated by the antibiotics that exist because the very nature of them is that they have overcome those killing agents.
So instead they are killing people worldwide.
There is nothing new here!
Patient safety experts have been calling attention to these superbugs for years, and predicting exactly what is now being reported: that people are dying who otherwise would not have died had they not acquired this infection. In this case, it took the death of a high school boy to call attention. My heart goes out to his family, along with some appreciation to this young man who has now become the catalyst for making these infections come to the top of the news heap.
This is Hospital Infection Prevention Week. Learn everything you can about these infections to stay clear and keep yourself and your loved ones safe. Take the steps necessary, especially if you must be in the hospital, to keep yourself clean of these infections.
Now, go wash and sanitize your hands.
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