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  •  reuse or improper sterilization likely did it. (7+ / 0-)

    most hospitals have timed procedures for handwashing, and contact requirements for different procedures. OK probably has something similar.

    while it's weird for a dentist to reuse needles, it's happened before where there are delivery devices that use common parts. suction hoses might have interchangeable tips, but the better ones have entirely disposable nozzles, as an example.

    Their hospital policy has a section on sterilization for various procedures. If he didn't have the gear the state requires, or improperly functioning sterilization devices, he (or rather, his insurer) is about to have a very bad year.

    cheerleaders need not apply.

    by kravitz on Thu Mar 28, 2013 at 05:57:11 PM PDT

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    •  This is Oklahoma (6+ / 0-)

      I had a family member with MRSA in a hospital here. I had to beg medical personnel to use sterile procedure with him and wash their hands before they left my family member's bedside.

      They ignored me. I turned them into the state health department, and the state health department ignored me, too. Somehow, though, I'm sure someone in this state would blame that on ObamaCare.

      In other words, if you need medical care, don't come to Oklahoma, if you value your life.

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