Germs, Bacteria, and Your Hospital Bed

A call for change in hospital cleaning and patient protection measures.

Do you know someone who has been in the hospital recently, or have you been in a hospital bed? Most of us have or will visit a hospital every year for some reason. Hospitals are a breeding ground for germs, despite desperate cleaning measures and practices to create safe environments for patients, staff, and visitors. What if I told you, a hospital bed with a previously infected patient increases your risk of infection 583 percent.

Yes, that is correct, 583 percent. A recent study by Columbia University researchers exposed hospital beds are full of germs. While hospitals wash sheets, disinfect beds, and more, the data gathered from four New York hospitals concludes, “enhanced cleaning measures” are needed.

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