23 Jun '11, 6am

Watch out for those hospital pillows - they bear risk of diseases, from seasonal flu to even leprosy

LONDON - Hospital patients are at risk of catching infections such as MRSA and C difficile from "biohazard" pillows which are ridden with 30 different bugs, according to a new study. Nurses are required to regularly wash their hands and disinfect bed frames and mattresses, but underestimate the risk of infection from dirty pillows, said the report. But dead skin, dandruff, dirty air and contaminated fluids found on pillows in hospital wards expose patients to the risk of diseases ranging from seasonal flu to chickenpox, hepatitis and even leprosy. The study by St Bartholomew's Hospital and The London National Health Service (NHS) Trust found 30 different types of infection in a sample of pillows taken from hospital wards, posing a significant risk of infection. While used linen and bedding is changed and laundered between patients and is routinely cleaned, the study found ...

Full article: http://www.todayonline.com/World/EDC110623-0000285/Dirty-...

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