Sunday Times blogging

This report from Arizona serves as a disturbing reminder of how quickly bad health outcomes data can be turned into bad public policy. And this report from Zimbabwe provides some needed perspective on the enormous healthcare gap between the richest and poorest nations. If we had to steam-clean all disposable gloves for re-use, we'd probably find some alternatives to widespread use of contact precautions!


  1. As I was rounding on the infectious disease consult service yesterday, taking off gowns and gloves for the 4th or 5th time and stuffing them into a red garbage bag filled with disposed gowns and gloves from just one patient room, I thought there must be a better way. The amount of waste we are producing with contact precautions is absurd.

  2. Frank Costanza: Many Christmases ago, I went to buy a doll for my son. I reached for the last one they had, but so did another man. As I rained blows upon him, I realized there had to be another way.
    Cosmo Kramer: What happened to the doll?
    Frank Costanza: It was destroyed. But out of that a new holiday was born … a Festivus for the rest of us!

    Happy Festivus-December 23rd.

    Oh, and do we really need gowns or are gloves alone enough for contact precautions?


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