Virus mutation and infections that are resistant to antibiotics create the perfect environment for “superbugs” to thrive. As we’ve seen in the Los Angeles hospital, these superbugs can be fatal. In fact, the U.S. Center for Disease Control said these germs could lead to be a contributor to death for up to 50 percent of the people infected. We have to take measures to protect ourselves.
A Los Angeles hospital has warned 179 patients that there is a potential that they were exposed to a superbug that has killed two people. An internal investigation showed that the superbug could have been transmitted by two scopes used for endoscopy procedures. Additional sterilization methods have been implemented for future patients.
As superbugs mutate, there is a potential for medical workers to be infected as well. The CDC lists four ways to halt superbug infections.
- Prevent the spread of infections by taking safety precautions.
- Track data on antibiotic-resistant infections to develop strategies to keep the disease from spreading
- Improve antibiotic use so that medications are taken only when needed
- Develop diagnostic tests to learn how bacteria evolve
We offer a variety of medical scrubs that can washed in hot water and sterilized with bleach for health care employees. These durable scrubs come in a variety of colors. In addition, I often work with larger facilities to color-match scrubs for employees.
Of course, patients are at risk for superbug infections too. We offer Patient Scrubs® for patients as well as children. These two piece garments allow easy access to the body for medical treatments, yet they look and wear just like regular medical scrubs. Plus, they can be washed in hot water and chlorine bleach sterilized like our regular medical scrubs. Sterilization takes protection to a new level.
From the Patient Scrubs® lady to you and your family: Take advantage of every opportunity to protect yourself and your loved ones from superbugs. As Ben Franklin said, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”. Right now, prevention is all we have between the superbugs and us.