No wonder it’s hard to stay infection-free when in hospital

Hospitals are necessary places for the very ill, although to be fair, a lot of not-ill-enough people are also frequent denizens of hospitals, like for example, the very many people these days who have an acute problem and cannot get into a family doctor or walk-in clinic.

So the thing you always must remember about a hospital is that that’s a place that can also make you sick (or sicker) because hospitals are where all the nasty bugs that can hurt you go to live in large communities.

And that’s an especially high risk, of course, about drug-resistant bacteria.

It’s amazing where those bugs can congregate: On hospital equipment, on trays, on doctors’ clothes, on doctors’ personal equipment such as stethoscopes, even on flowers, TVs, phones, etc.

And according to a recent study published today as part of the proceedings from Decennial 2020: The Sixth International Conference on Healthcare-Associated Infections, those bugs are also highly prevalent on hospital floors, and they can be transferred quickly to any newly-admitted patient, not to mention, of course, to anyone visiting that patient.

Anyway, the bottom line is that anyone admitted to a hospital, anyone visiting a hospital, and particularly anyone who works in a hospital needs to be extra- extra- extra-careful about all aspects of proper hygiene, especially hand hygiene.

And if you are eating a delicious hospital-prepared sandwich in the hospital cafeteria and a piece of the fabulous bologna falls to the floor, please don’t shove it back between the pieces of bread and finish eating it.

Go buy something else instead, maybe something you won’t be tempted to retrieve if it falls, like yogurt, for example.