Unsanitary Hospitals Shockingly Common

People walk near the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles building in Los Angeles, Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015. A "superbug" outbreak suspected in the deaths of two patients at UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles has raised questions about the adequacy of the procedures for disinfecting a medical instrument used on more than a half-million people in the U.S. every year. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
(AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

(BABW News) – According to Fierce Health Care, a recent review of the sanitation procedures used in hospitals revealed that the practices have huge, unsafe gaps. Jennifer Han, of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, reports that about 80 studies were conducted, and 49 of them evaluated cleaning methods, while 14 examined monitoring strategies. The remainder of the studies analyzed the facilitators.

Han and her colleagues wrote in the Annals of Internal Medicine that only five studies were randomized controlled trials. They concluded that more studies on monitoring strategies and disinfecting methods are necessary in our hospitals.

The results of these trials suggest that more accurate and effective trials are critically important when determining the best hospital cleaning practices in order to prevent harmful infection. The authors of the study further report that the infections in hospitals can be transmitted through bed rails, toilets, tables and other things in a hospital.


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