|How about some common sense|
|Wednesday, 25 June 2008 09:23|
A recent study has been causing quite a stir lately regarding the use of antibacterial wipes used to clean hospital surfaces. It appears the facts are being misinterpreted to suggest that wipes spread the deadly MRSA bacteria rather than eliminate it.
Many folks have taken the up the torch latelyagainst antibacterial products as contributing to the increase in occurrence of superbugs. Those with that bias have taken a very good study performed by British researchers and have distorted it for their own reasons.
Let's examinesome headlines that have appeared on afew supposedly impartial media sites:
Germicidal Wipes Can Spread Bacteria
Antibacterial Wipes Spread Drug Resistant Bacteria in Hospitals
Hospital wipes may spread bacteria rather than kill them
By reading these headlines, you may immediately interpret the findings to indicate that these wipes are bad and the source of all the hospital infections in the world. OK, maybe that is a bit extreme, but you get the idea. Guess what, if you took that outlook you would mistaken.
Instead, if you were provided with an accurate view of the study, your impression would be much different. In a nutshell, the study demonstrated that IMPROPERLY and OVERUSED wipes spread bacteria rather than kill them. Really? That is entirely different and of course any person trying to wipe a glass of milk off the floor with a single paper towel would tell you the same thing.
First, it doesn't matter if the wipe is antibacterial or not, if you try to cut corners or save money by using the same wipe over an entire hospital room it will be ineffective. Instead, if you use the wipes as directed, they will work. Seems like common sense.
If you want to learn more about the study and read an unbiased article on wipes, click here:
In today's hospital settings, many of which are not adhering to appropriate infection control practices, it's only common sense to remain GermAware.
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