Are American Hospitals A Seething Cauldron of Potential Disease?

After surviving a motorcycle crash in 2006, David Meyer–a healthy, active man in his 50s–never guessed that the broken ankle he suffered in the crash would be the least of his worries.

He underwent surgery for his ankle, endured four more operations, an intensive antibiotic program and debilitating pain–not because of the accident, but because of the two different infections he contracted while in the hospital. He blames the infections on the hospital’s failure to follow standard hygienic practices.

Now, more than two and a half years after the accident, Meyer walks with a cane, works on a limited basis, experiences pain daily, and has a stack of medical bills he can’t pay. (Note: from “Infection correction: hospital-acquired infections can be reduced significantly or even eliminated with sound prevention procedures” by Anna Wolke.)

Shocking as the above story might be, one might think that it is an unusual, perhaps even rare occurrence in a “modern” North American health care facility.

However, since 1970 when the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, and the American Hospital Association made the announcement that hospitals were no longer going to test surfaces for bacterial content, not even operating rooms are checked for cleanliness. An irony given that every restaurant in America is regularly subjected to inspection and required to maintain a high standard of cleanliness.

With overcrowding and a significant and steady increase increase in usage, one physician went so far as to say that today’s hospitals are a seething cauldron of potential disease.

Even though 90 percent of all hospital-based infections are preventable through better cleaning practices and a more diligent approach to personal hygiene, stories such as David Meyers’ remain all too common.

Joining me on Wednesday, April 14th on a special evening edition of the PI Window on Business to discuss this growing problem including the implications associated with the new health care bill, is author and expert Jeff Knott.

Use the following link to access the live broadcast “Are American Hospitals A Seething Cauldron of Potential Disease?” at 8:00 PM EST

PI Inquisitive Eye Internet TV Commentary:

Are Our Hospitals A Seething Cauldron of Potential Disease?

Business Thought Leaders Series:

Jeff Knott, author of the critically acclaimed, immensely important book Navigating The Healthcare Maze, will be joining the PI Window on Business Thought Leaders Series as a regular guest.

Jeff Knott, Navigating the Healthcare Maze

Each month Jeff will touch on the most pressing topics surrounding how you can take ownership and control of navigating your family… through the healthcare maze!

Be sure to also check out Jeff’s new “Alfie” Series on YouTube, including his April 5th, 2010 segment on Staph Infections:

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