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    • GeneG USA
    • 05.12.11 | 11:27 (IST)

    Good work but sorry no breakthrough and the statements are terribly misleading. Shame on the Israeli scientists for misstating the case. The surfaces are not sanitary, the patients are treated with antibiotics after they get the infections. So the solution will help a bit but it does not solve the problem. It is impossible to keep hospital room surfaces, instruments etc. free of contamination. The doctors and nurses sanitize their hands in going from patient to patient less than half the time because it takes too long and irritates the hands and rarely when they are with the patient. Visitors don’t sanitize their hands. All the surfaces in the room; instruments like stethoscope, telephones, clothing etc. are badly contaminated. One touch and the hands become contaminated even more so and then the hands contaminate the patient. In the US, hospital acquired infection produces almost 3 million infections, and 100,000 deaths annually and most of them ARE NOT from diseases that have developed antibiotic resistance. The cost to the country is about US$40 billion. This Israeli innovation will have little or no impact. The solution recommended by the World Health Organization is to sanitize hands every time one is about to touch the patient or the patient surround. This can require dozens of hand sanitations during patient care for each patient. The technology to sanitize hands as often as necessary taking only 2 seconds per sanitation exists in the US, it is inexpensive, and it works. Once the hospitals start installing it the rate of infection will go way down.For reference note that one pathogen becomes 10 milliion or more in a day. Cleaning surfaces really cannot end the infection problem. One has to sanitize hands that touch patients.

    from the article: Israeli researchers develop substance that attacks antibiotic-resistant germs
    First published 03:08 05.12.11 | Last updated 03:08 05.12.11
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