16 February 2011

i can't imagine how many people will be comforted to hear this

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I don't know anyone who isn't worrying their heads off about needing surgery and not wanting to die of it.
A new study from Rhode Island Hospital has found a reduced risk of hospital-acquired infections (HAI) when using two percent chlorhexidine gluconate (CHG) cloths for daily bathing instead of soap and water. The study found a 64 percent decrease in the risk of acquiring an infection from either methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) or Vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus (VRE). The study is published online in advance of print in the journal Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology.
I was not too worried about it when I went to get my head bolted back on. It didn't seem to matter to me in view of the prospect of not ending up in a wheelchair... but I tend to have those kinds of priorities really straight... more than most people I know. I mean, stuff like that they usually need to try to think around for X amount of time. Not me. Heartbeat. Bam.

My mother holds wreaths of garlic in front of anyone mentioning hip replacement. She doesn't want new hips at the price of MRSA or VRE... or any other crud that's not so vulnerable to antibiotics as we'd grown to rely upon.

So this is seriously, seriously good news.
love, 99


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