Antibacterial Soap No Better And May Be Worse Than Plain Soap

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It doesn't work, so it's especially disturbing if they have those in hospitals! Well, let's put it this way, soaking in alcohol will kill a reasonable amount of germs, but it takes about a half hour of soaking with 70% ethanol, and I don't think anyone wants to soak any body part in alcohol that long. Even with the surgical scrubs used (betadine), it takes 10 min of scrubbing (with a scrub brush and sponge, not just rubbing hands together) to be considered properly scrubbed to don sterile surgical gloves and gowns (the scrubbing is just a secondary protection should a glove break, and is not sufficient by itself to be sterile).
Them germs are hardy.
 
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Or doctors prescribing shifting antibiotics in degenerated Russian hospitals and prisons. Or doctors prescribing antibiotics that people sell on the black market in Russia and the United States for money or for drugs. Or people buying random antibiotics on the black market for self-medication.
I hadn't heard of these problems. Much harder to contain.
 
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I hadn't heard of these problems. Much harder to contain.
Details on that, and the things mentioned by Moonbear are described at length in books such as Garrett's "Betrayal of Trust: The Collapse of Global Public Health" (Hyperion 2000)
 
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There's nothing more ironic than picking up a new disease or infection at the hospital.
It's usually keyboards. You know how filthy your keyboard is, imagine ne used by every doctor and nurse on a ward! It's even worse when you see them using the keyboard while wearing gloves.
 
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A hospital is a very good place to get sick.
CBS) About two million infections are acquired in U.S. hospitals each year, killing about 90,000 patients. [continued]
http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2005/03/14/earlyshow/contributors/emilysenay/main680009.shtml

Tsu could probably talk all day about why this happens, but a large part of it comes down to bad patient handling practices, lazy cleaning crews, budget cuts, and in general a profession that is now run by business managers instead of medical professionals.
 
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It's usually keyboards. You know how filthy your keyboard is, imagine ne used by every doctor and nurse on a ward! It's even worse when you see them using the keyboard while wearing gloves.
Adds new meaning to the term "computer virus".
 

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