Being scared of germs and bacteria isn’t necessarily a bad thing, especially if you’re in a hospital. If you’ve been a patient, a healthcare worker, or a casual visitor, you might be surprised at the dirty truths about hospitals. Prepare to read how dirty and unsanitary healthcare facilities are sometimes. Allied Facility Care shares that dirty hospitals can lead to the spread of deadly diseases.
How Many People Get Sick While in the Hospital?
You send sick people to the hospital, yes, but people can get sicker while staying there. Every year, around two million people get infections during their stay in a hospital and about 100,000 of those people die from it. This means that they can acquire the virus anywhere – the hallways, their rooms, and even the waiting area.
What Viruses Can Spread in Hospitals?
Has your doctor checked your heartbeat and breathing lately? Well, did you know that their stethoscopes are much dirtier than their palms? Their fingertips – the dirtiest parts of their hands, apparently – act as transmitters, making the diseases spread more easily.
Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is a type of staph infection that resembles pimples. Swollen and painful, these are usually accompanied by a fever and are warm to the touch. Patients can get this from examination rooms, the hospital staff, and fellow patients. They can develop into abscesses because of the bacteria that embed themselves deep into the patient’s skin. This may require surgical draining and can affect the joints, bloodstream, lungs, and the heart’s valves.
Cleanliness should not be a perk, but rather, a necessity. Apart from thoroughly washing your hands and advising your staff to do the same, it’s important that your medical practice hires a company to maintain its sanitation and cleanliness. Before any of your patients or staff get sick, or sicker, it’s better to take action at the first sign of a virus spreading.