If someone were very sick or injured in some way, a good place to take him or her would be the hospital. Hospitals help people and save lives. Everyone knows that hospitals save lives and want to help people. They’ve been around forever. Some of the earliest documented institutions that were aiming to provide cures and help date back to the Egyptian temples.
Hospitals are supposed to be clean and safe, but inspections of hospitals don’t even measure cleanliness. There is so much that is overlooked when it comes to a clean hospital. We all think hospitals are clean and safe, but they aren’t always what we perceive them to be.
When it comes to food, and how your food is supposed to be prepared and stored, there is a ton of codes, inspections, and rules that Restaurants and food places have to follow. You would think when it comes to being clean; Hospitals would be at the top of the list. The weird thing is that hospitals are exempt, even there operating rooms aren’t inspected for cleanliness. The Joint Commission, which inspects and accredits U.S. Hospitals doesn’t even measure for cleanliness. Neither does most state health departments, and the federal centers for disease control and prevention.
Data presented a couple of years ago at the annual meeting of the society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America documented the lack of hygiene in hospitals and it’s relationship to deadly infections. Boston University Wright 2 researchers who examined forty-nine operating rooms found that more than half of the objects that should have been disinfected were not. A study of patient rooms in twenty hospitals in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Washington D.C., found that more than half of the surfaces that should have been cleaned for the new patients were left dirty.
Should we be blaming the health and sanitation inspections or the people that are supposed to be cleaning the operating rooms, and patient rooms? This doesn’t mean all hospitals are dirty. Only about half of all hospitals follow the actual rules and keep their hospitals clean and safe like they should be.
It’s hard to understand that cleanliness is not a priority for hospital administrators or most medical professionals. A University of Maryland study shows that sixty-five percent of physicians and other medical professionals admitted they hadn’t washed their lab coat in at least a week. All most sixteen percent said they hadn’t washed their lab coat in at least a month. Lab coats are magnets for bacteria. Doctors are always near people that are sick and carrying some bad bacteria.
The doctors lean on the sick patients bed and spread the bacteria on to their coat, and go to the next patient. A couple days later with live bacteria on the coat the doctor is still contaminating other doctors’ and patients if he or she doesn’t wash their coats on a Daily basis.
Cleanliness is such a concern now in hospitals that the CPC and other organizations urge caregivers to clean their hands between patients, and even advise patients to speak up and request that caregivers have clean hands. It’s good that doctors’ and nurses’ wash their hands between patients, but that’s not enough if Wright 3 the hospital is inadequately cleaned. As long as hospitals are inadequately cleaned, doctors’ and nurses’ hands will be recontaminated seconds after they’ve been cleaned.
All they have to do is touch a keyboard, cabinets, or other bacteria infested surfaces. In a John Hopkins study, twenty-six percent of supply cabinets were contaminated with a dangerous bacteria (MRSA) and twenty-one percent were infected with another stubborn germ (VRE). Keyboards are such a deadly reservoir of deadly bacteria that hospitals are now getting special keyboards that sound an alarm if it’s not disinfected periodically.
More than half of all the hospitals are not clean. I have no idea why there aren’t certain health codes that regulate cleanings and inspections of hospitals. Should we blame the inspections, or the people that are in charge of cleaning all objects in the hospitals? There are still honest people out there that keep their hospitals clean and safe, but half of them are not. Not all doctors’ and nurses’ follow the right sanitary steps for a clean and safe stay at the hospital. I think it’s safe to say that not all hospitals are safe and clean. It’s just something everyone perceives to be right. I thought all were safe, but I guess not.