Tuesday, February 17, 2009
First Do No Harm
This is part of a four part television series that originally appeared on PBS. "First Do No Harm" is an organization focused on preventing and eliminating hospital spread infections. The beginning shows a few families devastated by these infections. The public is growing very confused and ultimately fearful of hospitals. Many citizens are opting out of hospital care in order to prevent these infections. This is all with very good reason, considering about 2 million people a year become infected with germs passed to them by healthcare workers. In the end, close to 100,000 people die. The leading cause of death is MRSA, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. This superbug has become in Epidemic in America and all over the world. This video tries to show citizens as well as healthcare providers that we have the ability to reduce this infection if all healthcare facilitators would participate. Many hospitals do not want to share their statistics of this superbug because they do not want to fall in the ranks of being ranked a better hospital. This epidemic is bigger than the pride of medical workers. It needs to be dealt with now.