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Superbugs Are a ´Costly War
We Can´t Win´: Doctors

CNBC, by Mark Koba

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Posted By:Maryland_Patriot, 4/4/2013 3:55:10 PM

Germs are perfect machines of evolution. Their ability to mutate and survive attempts (by humans and nature) to destroy them has led to some being called "superbugs." Resistant to existing antibiotics, superbug-related infections worldwide result in thousands of deaths each year—an estimated 99,000 in the U.S. alone for each of the past 10 years. These bacteria not only take a tragic toll on human life but involve major costs. A new study by MPHonline.org reports that superbugs are responsible for $20 billion in excess health care costs in the U.S. annually, as well as $35 billion in lost wages

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Knotwyrkin, 4/4/2013 4:04:40 PM     (No. 9259643)

Typical regurgitated quotes and data. Just blame the doctors, with no mention of world-wide overuse by layperson over-the-counter-antibiotic user and massive use by the food industries world-wide. Don´t forget that pharmaceutical reseach dollars will be dropping drastically as 0bamacare tries to ratchet down drug costs, and research will be the first to go. We are making our own bed.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: skedaddle, 4/4/2013 5:05:38 PM     (No. 9259726)

I also say typical regurgitation of data we´ve already heard a hundred times. But I´m beyond tired of doctors blaming a sick person who wants an antibiotic to get well while letting themselves off the hook entirely. How about cleaning up our hospitals and nursing homes so they´re not superbug incubators? And next time you´re at the doctor´s office, take a look in the corners and see if the floor is clean or not? And let´s get it out in the open just how much antibiotic use there is in our food supply. Heck, there´s even an antibiotic that´s used in beehives - does that have anything to do with our dwindling honeybee population? And I don´t even like to think how 0bamacare is going to impact this whole mess. I put a mom who wants an antibiotic for her toddler with a screaming ear infection way low on the list of people causing our current superbug problem.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: LudicrousSextus, 4/4/2013 5:06:30 PM     (No. 9259729)

I like the title. If I had to guess, it was written by somebody from the White House in an effort to curtail what can only be described as the economic/medical insanity of Obamacare , particularly as to what excuses will be used when that segment of ´the ill´ are determined to be too pricey for the administrative profit-health-picture...

Ah-Choo! (premium increase signal...)

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Reply 4 - Posted by: bob913, 4/4/2013 5:43:33 PM     (No. 9259781)

Stop scrubbing to kill every germ. It will leave only the toughest.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: BigGeorgeTX, 4/4/2013 5:51:19 PM     (No. 9259795)

I suppose the death panels will designate those so infected should be isolated till they die rather than treated.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: Wendybird, 4/4/2013 8:54:17 PM     (No. 9260022)

MRSA is less of a problem than it was 10 years ago.
Medicare demands that everyone who comes to the ER with a cold and gets the routine diagnosis of "pneumonia" by the ER Dr., which isn´t supported by the radiologist who reads the X-ray with his Banker´s hours the next day, or by any other lab or clinical history or exam or lab, must receive antibiotic coverage with Levaquin or Rocephin plus azithromycin (watch for the helpful lawyer adds, "if You, or a Loved one, or a Casual Acquaintance, or someone you Once Knew, died after having been given azithromycin anytime within the past twenty years", Call Us. We can Help.
If they don´t get the antibiotic, the Government Cookbook Police will be calling on you.
This really helps what we like to call "Quality Care".

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Reply 7 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623, 4/5/2013 2:28:09 AM     (No. 9260285)

Excuse me for being insensitive again, but as a person who sees the inside of a hospital too often, it seems like many of the superbugs, along with bedbugs, arrived with immigrants. Diseases we thought we would never see again came back again.
When you have foreign doctors and nurses that don´t see the need for hand washing or even disinfecting, you have problems. One ped was caught washing and reusing disables.
I have seen the housekeepers use dirty water to scrub ER floors after a big machine swirled around every germ on the floor. I have seen staff walk to Wally World in scrubs at lunchtime and then back to work.
I have seen someone with a horrible URI cough all over fabric covered chairs in the lobby while waiting to be called into ER. I told no less than three people to disinfect the chairs. Huh ? When foreigners don´t comprehend English there is a lot of smiling and head nodding.



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