I recently read a very good article entitled "We have reached the end of the Antibiotic Era, Period!" by Dr. Arjun Srinivasan, associate director at the Center for Disease Control (CDC).
This article, along with many others like Dr. Srinivasan's, recognizes that with a limited number of antibiotics that can treat infections, there will be fewer treatments available for people with antibiotic-resistant infections. In the article, they state we have already reached the end, as our strongest antibiotics have no longer have an effect on Super Bugs in the U.S.
Mortality rates due to some of these resistant infections can be 80% and higher! As bacteria and viruses build up immunity to treatments, the only way to fight them is to prevent the spread of them in the first place.
This is why Cleaning for Health, will soon become the new standard.
It’s now too late to rely on fighting bacteria inside the body. Fighting it outside the body provides many more opportunities to completely destroy the bacteria and prevent it from mutating into a drug-resistant organism. But where do you find it outside the body? Any surface, both hard and soft and in the air and where air travels. Pretty much everywhere and that's the biggest challenge.
Our best attempt to control bacteria on surfaces currently is to promote proper hand hygiene, glove use, cleaning protocols, and the proper use of disinfectants, sanitizers, and sterilization methods. Despite some of the best practices in the best hospitals in the world, all hospitals fight Hospital Acquired Infections (HAI). You have heard the stories about patients who go into the hospital for minor foot surgery and end up losing their leg due to infection. Or, of someone dying in the hospital that was treated for minor illness and expired due to complications of infection. A staggering 1.7 million hospital patients, in the US, experience a Hospital Acquired Infection and 99,000 people a year in the US die from them. (Klevens RM, Edwards JR, Richards CL, Horan TC, Gaynes RP, Pollock DA, et al. Estimating health care-associated infections and deaths in U.S. hospitals, 2002. Public Health Rep. 2007 Mar-Apr; 122(2):160-6.)
Why would a hospital have such a big problem when they clean and disinfect, sterilize and constantly use products and protocols designed to specifically kill these bacteria?
Two very solid, fact-based reasons: 1) insufficient cleaning and disinfection and 2) a high rate of re-contamination. These two problems exist in any highly populated space where people are sick. That's right… in the office, on an airplane, bus, or train, within the carpool, soccer team, football team, school, University, and on and on. You can wear all the gloves and masks you want but if we can't decontaminate surfaces and the air to stop the spread, you are at risk and antibiotics aren't going to help if they are resistant.
Please take the time to read the article by Dr. Arjun Srinivasan.
Look for my next post where I will address insufficient cleaning and disinfection along with re-contamination.