Antibiotics have kept us safe for over a century by destroying harmful bacteria that we may be exposed to. However, recent studies have shown that antibiotics are losing their effectiveness across a variety of bacteria.
A primary cause of this issue is the overuse of antibiotics. This increases the likelihood that bacteria become immune to various types of antibiotics, meaning that an otherwise routine infection can lead to severe illness or death.
These antibiotic resistant pathogens are called ‘superbugs’.
Why Are Superbugs So Problematic?
Superbugs are bacteria that cannot be killed with antibiotics because they have mutated, through previous exposure to antibiotics or other environmental factors, to become resistant or immune to antibiotics. These superbugs can be spread in several ways including contact with bodily fluids, skin-to-skin contact and environmental cross-contamination.
Superbugs such as MRSA and C. Difficile are responsible for the death of millions of people around the world. Isolating these pathogens within the hospital is a major challenge, particularly with more shared devices (such as cell phones and tablets) being used by staff and visitors alike.
Why Should I Care About Superbugs?
Hospitals have set up infection control regimes to try and reduce the spread of infections. Adhering to these rules – such as mandatory hand washing – will help reduce your risk of becoming sick. Plus you should make sure to sanitize any devices you’re carrying around the hospital – most notably your smartphone or tablet.
According to researchers from Ondokuz Mayis University in Turkey, an astonishing 95% of mobile phones held by doctors and nurses contained at least one type of bacteria, which could potentially harm them or their patients causing various types of illnesses anywhere from irritations to deadly diseases. The most concerning part of the study found that 1 in 8 handsets showed MRSA – a superbug.
This strain of bacteria is especially dangerous in hospitals because it can be lethal to patients in weakened conditions. Plus, they aren’t limited to hospital walls. If they are on your hands or your cell phone when you leave the hospital you can take those superbugs home with you.
So.. What Can I DO?
Make sure to sanitize your hands and devices while in the hospital. Follow the infection control best practices set out by the facility and, if available, use CleanSlate UV device to sanitize your phone or tablet while you wash or sanitize your hands.
Drug resistant bacteria already kill about 700 thousand people a year across the globe. Studies have shown this number is set to increase in the coming years and by 2050, more deaths will arise from these superbugs than from cancer. We can all take steps to address this through diligent and frequent personal hygiene.
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