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Flesh, cells and protein rot. You’ve seen vegetables disintegrating into piles of squashed odor and off-beat color. You’ve smelled rancid milk. You didn’t eat that meat or the fish that seemed a little off. You know that wounds are risky sites.
Social niceness keeps us in the dark about the decadent reality of human flesh. It rots fast. My great grand-aunt went to gangrene (we’re so sorry, it was a hospital infection, as they used to say) while in hospital care for a broken bone in a suburb of Washington, DC that begins with B. I was six years old and I’ve never forgotten the odor, her pain and death.
Political and business interests avoid revealing the facts of iatrogenic disease, which is a fancy name for infection that starts in medical settings — clinics, emergency rooms, ICU, surgeries, waiting rooms, examining rooms, and all the other places where practitioners of all stripes wear latex gloves but forget to wash their hands.
Read more about staph infections and the many ways they are transmitted in medical settings. Know the symptoms and act immediately to secure proper care. Understand how to protect yourself from infection after or during emergency care settings, particularly in certain states, provinces, regions and countries where you’d think medical care is universally top notch, but in fact, it’s not. Not by a long shot. Read Ivan Illich’s book Medical Nemesis.
The key to evaluating medical care is not counting how many successful transplants or open heart surgeries occur, nor how many elaborate imaging and analytic processes are on offer, but knowing the incidence of staph infection acquired during brief emergency room encounters or infection associated with routine procedures will help you keep your flesh, and your life.
Does the U.S. Center for Disease Control weekly Morbidity and Mortality report include iatrogenic staph infection numbers? Australia started publishing the numbers in 2011. Does your state or country?
Did you know common staphylococcus aureus infections are resistant to medication?
Look at this mess of medical malpractice and lack of knowledge management reported by Maureen Dowd in the New York Times. Here’s a fast solution — Each patient on intake receives a secure wiki page in the hospital’s online LAN on which all comment, diagnosis, data, treatment and symptoms are noted so that all practitioners, family and institutions caring for the individual can monitor progress and decline. Maybe it will prevent decline and iatrogenic disease and death. Wikis can be created in seconds. Any medical idiot can add content and there are certainly plenty of them to go around.
“…was zip-lining last Tuesday near her home with her friends when she suffered a cut on her calf that required 22 staples to close. She came back to the emergency room at Tanner Medical Center in Carrollton, Ga. …”
Perhaps the staphylococcus aureus infection and subsequent necrotizing fascists commenced but after contact in the emergency room where her leg was stapled (!) together. The cut wasn’t the source of infection, but the subsequent emergency room contacts infected her.
Florida – Tampa
South Carolina 2012
“It’s caused by two usually common bacteria, streptococcus and staphylococcus aureus …”
commonly found in hospital emergency room settings as well as on the human body.