Patients who were admitted to hospitals hoping to get well often ended up getting sicker after picking up infections (eg. Staphylococcus aureus, Acinetobacter and Pseudomonas) during their stay. According to a 2000 Chicago Tribune investigation, there were more than 100,000 deaths in the year that were linked to infections that the patient contracted in hospitals.
We all know that hospitals are a place for sick people and for germs. At great risk are those with suppressed immune systems, the elderly, infants and those requiring surgery.
While most bacteria are harmless, studies have shown that hospital rooms are crawling with new drug-resistant germs. Despite even the best housekeeping practices, harmful germs can still linger on items in a hospital room including on bedrails, bedside tables, sheets, sinks, cart handles, nurse call buttons, and more.