Q: Yesterday, my next-door neighbor, a nurse, vented about doctors she witnesses moving from patient to patient without washing their hands or wearing gloves. According to her, MRSA and C. diff infections are rampant at this hospital. When nurses have suggested hand-washing or gloves to these doctors, there have been disciplinary comments placed in their personnel records.
A: Public-health authorities are exhorting everyone (doctors, nurses and patients) to wash hands regularly and thoroughly, especially as we enter cold and flu season. MRSA and are potentially life-threatening infections and require extreme measures to eradicate from a hospital.
Medication for hypertension
Q: Your recent column about using probiotics in yogurt to reduce blood pressure in an otherwise healthy young person was way below the standard of care. I am a physician. Had I treated such a patient with yogurt and he developed a stroke, I would be sued for malpractice. You need to caution your readers to stick with their medicine if they have hypertension.
A: Your point is well-taken that hypertension is associated with increased risk of stroke. Medication can control serious elevations in blood pressure.
Reach Joe and Terry Graedon at PeoplesPharmacy.com.