New Haven (WTNH) - Dr. David Katz joined us again on Good Morning ConnecticutWeekend to talk about "convenient peril"- why so many Americans aresacrificing safety for convenience.
Dr. Katz provided us with some insight on how to deal with thetrade-off between peril and convenience.
"Convenient perils" are threats that we can only fix by givingup conveniences, such as driving while talking or texting on cellphones. The nonprofit National Safety Council compares talking ortexting while driving to drunken driving.
A study by the Harvard Center of Risk Analysis found that cellphone use contributes to 6 percent of all crashes. That represents636,000 crashes, 12,000 serious injuries and 2,600 deaths eachyear, plus a financial cost of $43 billion.
Another example of a convenient peril is the danger of dirtyscrubs and labcoats worn by hospital personnel. More informationabout this shocking finding is below.
The following information was provided by Dr. Katz:
You see them everywhere -- nurses, doctors and medicaltechnicians in scrubs or lab coats. They shop in them, take busesand trains in them, go to restaurants in them, and wear them home.What you can't see on these garments are the bacteria that couldkill you.
Dirty scrubs spread bacteria to patients in the hospital andallow hospital superbugs to escape into public places such asrestaurants. Some hospitals now prohibit wearing scrubs outside thebuilding, partly in response to the rapid increase in an infectioncalled "C. diff." A national hospital survey released last Novemberwarns that Clostridium difficile (C. diff) infections are sickeningnearly half a million people a year in the U.S., more than sixtimes previous estimates.
The problem is that some medical personnel wear the sameunlaundered uniforms to work day after day. They start their shiftalready carrying germs such as C.diff, drug-resistant enterococcusor staphylococcus. Doctors' lab coats are probably the dirtiest. Atthe University of Maryland, 65% of medical personnel confess theychange their lab coat less than once a week, though they know it'scontaminated. Fifteen percent admit they change it less than once amonth. Superbugs such as staph can live on these polyester coatsfor up to 56 days.
Do unclean uniforms endanger patients? Absolutely. Health-careworkers habitually touch their own uniforms. Studies confirm thatthe more bacteria found on surfaces touched often by doctors andnurses, the higher the risk that these bacteria will be carried tothe patient and cause infection.
For more information, and to read Dr. Katz's column, visit hiswebsite at www.davidkatzmd.com.
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