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by General Manager Donita Todd

Perspective: WIS editorial on the war on germs

I am on the warpath against germs! Thousands of lost work hours, high medical bills and even deaths can be attributed to the careless spreading of germs by medical and hospital workers, both in and outside of the workplace.

Why am I so concerned? Because there is an unusually pesky bacteria raging through hospitals across the nation called C. diff, or clostridium difficile, and it's infecting hundreds of patients a year. This so-called "superbug" contaminates hospital surfaces and yes, even uniforms. Routine cleaning is not enough to kill it. You need to use bleach. How many times have you been out to eat, or in a store, and seen someone in hospital scrubs? Have they adequately cleaned their hands and uniforms? It's one of my pet peeves.

Hospital workers should assume that everything they take outside could be contaminated. And if you visit someone in the hospital, be careful about making contact with the staff in their scrubs.

I'm not trying to make you paranoid, but lax hospital hygiene and wearing scrubs in public can put us all at risk. So use common sense, and maybe even a little bleach. That's my perspective. What's yours?

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