In the hospital? These 4 words could save your life
There’s ONE request every patient in a hospital needs to make the moment they’re conscious enough to ask for it.
It can SAVE your life, and PROTECT anyone and everyone who comes to visit.
It could help save your doctors and nurses, too!
You just need to say four magic words… and I’ll tell you what they are in a moment.
But first… I’m sure you know that lots of people who are hospitalized end up sicker than when they first arrived.
I’m not just talking about the ugly medical mistakes you hear about on the news, like surgical instruments left inside patients’ bodies.
Infections are another – and far more dangerous – form of medical mistake, with superbug germs such as MRSA now running rampant.
Every year, more than 72,000 Americans suffer from MRSA infections, while more than 9,000 people DIE of them.
Lots of those people acquired their MRSA infections in health care settings.
But you can dramatically cut your risk when you learn these four secret words.
And they’re going to sound a little silly at first.
Ready for them?
Here they are: “Please change the curtains.”
Many hospitals are getting better about cleaning up, replacing linens and boosting sanitation, especially since some are now losing reimbursements over their infection rates.
But while the bed linens are changed between patients, the privacy curtains around the bed often are not. And a new study finds they’ve quietly become a top source of nasty germs, especially MRSA.
The study out of Canada finds that 90 percent have some level of MRSA on them!
Researchers replaced eight curtains with fresh ones, then tracked them to see how long it took for them to get buggy. Within two weeks, seven of them had MRSA. By the third week, the eighth had it, too.
Docs and nurses come in and touch those curtains… and then they touch you? Nope. You don’t want that. So don’t waste your time asking when they were last changed.
Just tell the staff to change it (or have a family member ask).
It’s a simple request that’s easy enough to accommodate.
Sure, the hospital staff might roll their eyes over it, but you’re the one sick in that bed – and it’s your life on the line.
Make them do it.