The more I read, the more relieved I am that my parents were no in a hospital. What with Clostridium difficile Associated Disease (C. Difficile) ,a deadly form of infectious diarrhea, on the loose, if you excuse the pun. Transferred from bowel movements to hands and surfaces is can be fatal to thos without strong immune systems. A Scarborough hospital had 319 cases of C. difficile this past August (2008). You can check on the rates in Ontario hospitals here go to the "Hospital Reports" button on the left.
One infection is associated with hospitals: methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections, E. coli is another. Our seniors are most at risk for issues like listeriosis, with 19 deaths, and these mostly seniors. The timelines for the testing, identification and product recalls were very slow.
Unfortunately, those visiting retirement homes, senior's residences, Long-Term Care, hospitals and aging relatives, do not understand the need for sanitary practices. You would have thought that SARS would have taught Torontonians something. Hand washing is crucial for every residents, staff member, volunteer and visitor. This .pdf file contains proper handwashing techniques. Infection control can be done with simple but thorough precautions.