Thursday, September 20, 2012

Sierra Miller

     My name is Sierra Miller. I have lived in Ohio my entire life. I enjoy being outdoors, being with family and friends and having lots of fun. My favorite past time is night fishing and camping. I'm the middle child and only girl in my family of five. I came to OSU Marion to earn my undergraduates degree in health science. My main goal for a career is to become a dentist.
"Each year, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, two million Americans acquire an infection while they are in the hospital. Ninety thousand die of that infection." This was a quote taken from the essay "On Washing Hands" by Atul Gawande, and it is a very surprising fact about the American health facilities. When a person is asked to describe a hospital many would most likely say a clean, sterile, and environmentally safe place. People who have become ill and need a professionals help to regain a healthy life expect a hospital to be a place where they can get better, not worse. Knowing that two million Americans get an infection while at the hospital from their own doctor just because they don't wash their hands is shocking. It makes you wonder, if they don't wash their hands in the hospital then what would make them wash them outside of work? People touch everything all the time and if one person has an infection it wont take long for that infection to spread to other healthy unsuspecting victims. Its also very ironic that these doctors are one of the main causes for the spread of disease, when they themselves have dedicated their lives to trying to prevent these infections from happening. You would think that the simple task of washing their hands would be more important, knowing that it could prevent others from getting sick.

1 comment:

  1. I agree with your thoughts on Atul Gawandes essay one hundred percent. Its pretty scary to think that doctors although they are there to help you they can also make you worse if they haven't taken the proper precautions.


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