Hospitals are broken.

Microbiologybytes on infection control in hospitals.

Errors are compounded by a totemic belief in the miracle properties of alcohol hand rubs which adorn every bed but which distract from more effective handwashing procedures. Did I need to be visited by the person flitting from ward to ward to fiddle with the TV/radio/phone console above every bed? Even if they did spend several seconds squirting alcohol gel on their hands before moving on to the next patient? I don’t think so.

New York Times has an article on ICU (since my dad just got out, I noticed) and how they are problematic, since they sedate their patients and don’t get them up.