As we, the baby boomers, begin a new segment of our life – hospitals begin to become more and more familiar. Sure enough, we’ve seen our share in the last year. With my recent bout with Cancer, a very rare form, and my dearest wife with 2 separate operations, it’s a wonder the hospitals haven’t started charging us rent. Spending more and more time in them, I started looking around and noticed that there was a lot of dirtiness? (Dirty-ness…echk!)
I know there has to be some law or some regulation by the CDC that has to make sure this type of patient equipment is clean.
(I snapped these pics off with my camera phone. Sorry if they are hard to see.)I also saw this wheelchair brake that was loaded with gunk of some sort. This is where people put their hands all the time to push the wheelchair or put the break on. This wheelchair was located in the lobby of the hospital where all the people coming in could fetch a chair. I was utterly disgusted!!
MRSA is a staph infection that is resistant to antibiotics!!! Many people die from these infections every year…some 100,000 per year. That’s a lot of people. It’s ridiculous to think that the equipment the hospital provides to us is part of the problem.
Make sure to ask your hospital if their equipment is cleaned and maintained on a regular basis…it’s your right as a patient. All hospitals should have a plan in place that addresses this issue of infection transmission.