Your hospital bed is probably full of deadly germs

Betsy McCaughey  ·  May 29, 2018

Danger lurks for hospital patients in a place they probably don’t expect it—their bed.

Hospitals claim to disinfect beds in between patients. Don’t believe it. Data from four New York hospitals prove beds are full of germs. Patients are nearly six times as likely to come down with staph, strep, or another dangerous infection if the patient who used the bed before them had it.

Columbia University researchers found being in a bed previously used by a patient with an infection ups your risk of infection by 583 percent, according to a recent issue of Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology. The researchers conclude that “enhanced cleaning measures” are needed.

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