Monthly Archives: July 2011

Numerators

Five years ago this summer while under deep anesthesia for arm surgery number 3, I drifted above the line and joined the group called Numerators. I awoke with a Hospital Acquired Infection. Numerators are the most diverse minority group on … Continue reading

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Patient Empowerment in Infection Prevention

Steps that I took prior to Surgery Number 8: Attended a Colorado Patient Safety Coalition meeting in hopes of finding comparative infection rates for Hospitals. ┬áResult: No information was available. Read all the current guidelines from SHEA, APIC, and CDC. … Continue reading

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Infection Extinction

Since surviving a tough battle with MRSE in the fall of 2005, about a third of my waking thoughts are consumed with the question of how do you win the war with the invisible enemy called bacteria. I have a … Continue reading

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The Consequences of a Hospital-Acquired Infection

Hospital: Added revenue from additional treatment $25,000 to $250,000 Added profit from additional treatment $1,750 to $17,500 Patient census goes up five to 20 patient days Added work for infectious disease doctors and lab specialists Slim chance of a hit … Continue reading

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Humpty Dumpty

October 30, 2004, was a glorious fall Saturday high in the Colorado foothills. I was high up on a ladder painting away as I had been every spare moment for the past month. The end was near! I had two … Continue reading

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Medical Pre-Task Planning

One tool that patients can use to encourage healthcare workers to slow down and think is medical pre-task planning. Pre-task planning is a tool that has been around a long time. It is commonly used in the construction industry to … Continue reading

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Two Poems

Post Op Then I awoke from dark dreamless Anesthesia sleep Then the loud voices came back calling Then the blurred images started floating by Then I slipped in and out this new world Then I could sense but could not … Continue reading

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