Wanna Know What Really Bugs Us?

Bedbugs Penny

Well, here’s a neat thought:

If you are a regular reader of Medical Miscreants, you already know that errant “health care” in the U.S. is killing 400+ citizens every day of the year.

What you may not know is that a survey by the National Pest Management Association (please scroll down to page 6) was released this week, and it’s findings just might make your skin crawl. Their report reveals that pest control companies nationwide are being called by hospitals for bedbug infestations at an ever-increasing rate. In fact, their calls for service from hospitals have doubled in just the last 10 years.

bedbug thumb

Outside of hospitals – say in less-than-tidy motels – bedbugs rarely transmit infections from one person to another. What they do is bite into your skin and suck on your blood. This leaves itchy little scabs that eventually go away.

But in a hospital bed?

Well, your itchy little bedbug bites become an open door to nosacomial  infections – which are hospital-acquired bacteria. And nosacomials – in case you don’t know – are one of medicines’ deadliest secrets, because they kill 1,000 patients per week.

Bedbug bites

Dr. Dick Zoutman, infectious disease specialist at Queen’s University in Ontario, Canada, said, “Bedbugs, particularly the eggs, are even harder to kill than the spores of the bacteria already found in hospitals. I wouldn’t have thought that to be the case.”

Here’s what infection control expert Doctor Jorge Parada of Loyola University Health System in Chicago had to say:

“Bedbugs are especially problematic in hospitals, where there is a greater likelihood of catching the highly contagious staph infection known as MRSA. You don’t need one more ingredient to increase your risk of infections in the hospital, which is already a very real danger,” he stated.

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Observation:

You might want to take a peek at this, and then ask yourself why the ‘Health Care Reform’ debates included absolutely nothing on this horrific reality:

http://www.hospitalinfection.org/

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