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Saturday, November 17, 2007

Holy Water

posted by on November 17 at 17:34 PM

Sunday November 18, 2007 The Observer

Health workers are struggling to control a surge in an ‘untreatable’ hospital-acquired infection that is estimated to be killing hundreds of patients a year. The number of cases of Pseudomonas rose by 41 per cent from 2,605 in 2002 to 3,663 last year, according to Health Protection Agency figures.

Cleaning agents that hospitals rely on to kill bacteria are proving inadequate, while most antibiotics that usually help patients repel infections are ineffective. It often contaminates water and moisture, so is a particular problem in breathing equipment, intravenous lines and catheters. One child cancer patient caught it when his lips were sprinkled with holy water at a Leeds hospital.

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when i was an undergraduate at nicholls state u in louisiana, one enterprising student took samples of the soap from all the handwashing dispensers in the biology/home ec./culinary building. every single sample had Pseudomonas living in it.

Posted by uncle stupid | November 17, 2007 8:39 PM

Where I live nurse's uniforms, and I guess everybody else's, are not cleaned by the hospital, they take them home and wash (or don't) them theirselves. To combat hospital liability for these infections they told the nurses they couldn't change into their uniform until they got to the hospital so no one would know that they weren't sterilized when washed.

Posted by mikeblanco | November 18, 2007 7:02 AM

Does this mean we should give up now?

Posted by Cosume Everything | November 18, 2007 9:17 AM

It Buuuuuuurns!!!

Posted by Madge-YoursoakingINIT! | November 19, 2007 2:33 PM

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