Tuesday, April 26, 2011

4 High Risk Places for Infection

The highest risk place to get an infection, and not just any infection but superbugs, is hospitals.  If you can avoid hospitals, you should.  I had a friend go into a hospital for a knee replacement and almost lost his leg to MRSA.  MRSA is a superbug that has resistance to most antibiotics.  CKRP is a new superbug going around nursing homes and hospitals in some areas of the country that resists all antibiotics.  For more information on the danger of hospitals, click on the following link:  Patients who enter hospitals are at high risk of potentially deadly infections or medical mistakes.

Another high risk place to get an infection is from the office equipment in your company's office.  Think of copier and fax machines.  Many employees touch them every day.  Does anyone clean them?  If possible, you should have your own personal copier and fax in your office.  Or wash your hands after frequenting community office equipment.  What about the coffee area?  How many people touch the coffee pot to pour themselves a cup of coffee?  Do you trust everyone in your office to wash their hands after frequenting the restroom?  This is why colds and the flu spread rapidly in an office.

The grocery store is another high risk area.  I'm sure not many people think of the grocery store especially at checkout.  Most of the time, two people touch all your food.  One clerk rings up your order and another clerk bags your food.  Plus, there's the exchange of money if you use cash.  I'd rather use my credit card because most stores now let you swipe it yourself.  Then you go home and touch all the food to put it away.  Try to make sure these clerks are not sick before you walk up to a register.  And always wash your hands after putting your food away.

And finally the kitchen sink.  Most people don't think the kitchen sink would rank on top but it does.  Some say it has more bacteria than your toilet.  What a pleasant thought.  You wash dishes in the kitchen sink but you also throw pieces of meat, egg shells, and uneaten food in your sink, especially if you have a garbage disposal.  At least once per week, you should scrub it with vinegar and baking soda to keep it clean.

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