Monday, January 9, 2012

A public service announcement

Well, it's that time of year again. RSV is here. Influenza is here. And in a cruel trick of microbiologic proportions, there's a gastrointestinal bug here that is absolutely vicious. At one point yesterday, 7 of my eight patients were puking. It wasn't pretty. And one patient needed three bags of IV fluids, just to be hydrated enough to pee. THREE. That's dehydrated, folks.

So here's a friendly reminder to wash your hands. Wash them every time you think about it. Carry hand sanitizer with you. Use it. And make sure to moisturize your hands, too. You don't want bugs crawling into the cracks that inevitably form when you wash your hands within an inch of their lives.

Here's to a healthy and happy 2012!