Dirty room, unwashed physician hands – So you protect yourself from hospital germs

Blood stains on the Curtain separating the beds of the Patients from each other. A pungent smell of feces and urine. Doctors, which the time or inclination for a proper disinfection of the hands is missing. However, patients can fight back.

No, I am not speaking of conditions in hospitals remotely located countries. Such conditions we find in our highly developed country in many German hospitals. Have you ever been in a hospital: “Well, if not maybe the hands would have to wash to?"

Patients trust the hygiene standards

I don’t know what it is like for you. I would like to not have to make me in a hospital thought that I could be infected with many nasty pathogens. As a patient, I would like to actually make that just in hospitals fussy on Cleanliness is respected.

Chaotic conditions in hospitals

Due to my longstanding work as a patient advocate in the medical liability law, I know, however, that the reality looks different. More and more clients report to me of the chaotic conditions in some clinics. If you look a little more closely, you will find easy explanations for this.

Unqualified Cleaning Staff

Increasingly, foreign companies are switched from cost-saving reasons, for the cleaning, the part no targeted training for this special task. But it makes a difference, whether you are cleaning an office or an operating room.

Thoughtlessness and lack of time

Also with the disinfection of the hands it unfortunately, not many Doctors or nurses is not as well. The reasons are varied, it is often thoughtlessness and lack of time. The result is that every year, thousands of patients with so-called nosocomial germs, so the hospital germs, infect. This is not only unappetizing, but also can have fatal consequences!

Alleged Routine Procedure

It was also the case with our client, Mr s, had to undergo as a result of a fracture at the ankle joint in a nearby hospital undergoing surgery. Basically not a complicated procedure, Mr. S. believed to be after a few weeks on the legs. So it had assured him the Doctors also.

That his life would take a completely new turn, he would not have thought of. However, during the supposed routine surgery, he was infected with a germ. This made all of the work, Mr. S. had later on, even a deep hole in his foot. Despite the clear signs of inflammation, neither the nursing staff responded to the Doctors.

Not a hundred percent protection

Again and again, clinic lines, apologize in order that the greatest possible compliance with all security measures, a hundred percent sterility in a hospital never leave. That may be, but it is mainly for germs, we all typically on our skin around with us – the so-called hospital germs.

1500 Deaths per year

The Robert Koch Institute has pointed out recently that infection with Hospital-acquired infections has increased drastically. Researchers estimate that in Germany, 40,000 to 50,000 patients per year, an infection with the hospital to germinate. 1500 of them, this costs in the average your life. In our neighbouring country the Netherlands, there are considerably fewer infections. Where strict hygiene standards are adhered to.

Germs of cow-udders

A shock was it for Mr. S., as he learned that he was infected with a germ that is usually found only on the udders of cows. How can that be in a hospital is possible, the claims to pay meticulous attention to cleanliness? Upon closer Inspection, the 56 was-Year-old,that is actually a little on the Hygiene was taken care of.

No use of disinfectants

In the patients, the Dirt out of the ceiling vents and out of the rooms. The hospital building was a rather neglected impression. Not in addition, the nursing staff and the Doctors disinfectant used sparingly, if at all, before each new patient contact. The container with a disinfectant hanging next to the doors easily accessible.

With unwashed hands to the next patient

He observed that Doctors, after they treated the wound of a patient went in with unwashed and not disinfected hands directly to the next patient.