Friday, 28 September 2007

Hospital Superbugs: DotBO Again

At last some sense. The Lancet has burst the pustulent boil that is government spin over hospital bugs.

Deep cleaning and, wait for it, wearing short sleeves were blamed targeted by the government over the conference period to deflect critcism.

Frankly, I see the attack on doctors' coats part of the general self-loathing mentality of discarding the secure and familiar to make everyone insecure and more open to manipulation and coercion.

Wearing uniforms on the bus or in their cars is more likely. How many times are car seats or buses disinfected?

I would not be surprised if the rise of superbugs are not down to at least three things:

1. People's hygiene standards, including proper washing of hands in bathrooms is falling on average. I wonder why.
2. Security passes and ID cards. These things dangle about and are constantly handled. How many times does one disinfect a proximity pass or ID card? Hospital workers need to use these things innumerable times a day. There is no point disinfecting your mits if you promptly have to grab hold of a grubby proximity pass and slap it against a reader that has been previously slapped by innumerable other grubby proximity passes.
3. Less use of decent disinfectant in routine cleaning - Forget "deep cleaning", which a cynic might suggest is a neat way to pay yet more money to your useless mates cleaning contractors to do the job they were supposed to do anyway.

Glad to see some common sense and support for empiricism from The Lancet.

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