I’ve never been a big fan of hospitals. I think of them as giant germ factories. As it turns out, my fears haven’t been unfounded, I actually may have underestimated the problem.
In 2011, the lethal germ known as CRK—short for carbapenem-resistant Klebsiella—raced through the National Institutes of Health Medical Center in Bethesda, Md. Antibiotics couldn’t stop it. Infection-control precautions recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention could not contain it. Six patients died because of it, including a 16-year-old boy.
Last week, public-health researchers released alarming data in the journal Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology showing that the same germ that swept through the NIH is invading hospitals across the country. Researchers writing this month in another medical journal, Emerging Infectious Diseases, warn that CRK poses “a major threat to public health.”
Since the discovery of CRK in 2000, it has been found predominantly in New York City and the mid-Atlantic region. But Los Angeles County, one of the few places where CRK is being tracked, detected 356 cases in the second half of 2012. “Upwards of fifty percent” of patients who contract CRK die, according to NIH researchers. (Read More)
The article goes on to describe how this antibiotic-resistant illness spread through hospitals, even when all NIH protocols were adhered to. Other patients died, even though they had no contact with the infected patients. When the AIDS epidemic broke out in the 1980’s hospitals went to great lengths to keep it from spreading. They acted with a great urgency that seems to be missing now. How scary.
To make matters worse, thanks to Obamacare, doctors may one day soon be unionized.
I can see the calls for euthanasia increasing as the government’s role in health care increases. Then again, if one contracts a deadly, antibiotic resistant disease while in the hospital, euthanasia won’t be necessary.