I found the below article this morning as I was doing a quick 'net surf of the overnight doings, particularly poignant due to watching over (albeit from afar) the progress of a Fellow Flubie recovering from major surgery. To say nothing of my own experiences with my husband's recent health issues.
From Scotland's The Evening Times
SCOTS are avoiding treatment amid growing fears about catching hospital bugs, it was claimed today.
Former Strathkelvin and Bearsden MSP and health campaigner Dr Jean Turner says some patients are so worried about superbugs they are bringing their own cleaning materials into wards.
Dr Turner's comments come just days after orthopaedic operations at the Southern General were cancelled when six patients were hit by wound infections.
It is the latest infection crisis to grip the city hospital and came just weeks after an outbreak of superbug MRSA there.
Dr Turner said: "Hospitals are simply losing the cleanliness battle and patients are getting more and more worried about getting these superbugs."
One patient Dr Turner knew had three times refused to go for a hip replacement at Glasgow Royal Infirmary amid fears of contracting a superbug.
Calling for "drastic action" Dr Turner said health board chief executives should be "forced to resign" if wards are not cleaned up.
A study by Health Protection Scotland showed almost one in ten patients picks up infections in Scots' hospitals - the highest rate in the UK.
While I wholeheartedly sympathize with fear of going to a hospital due to infection fears I couldn't help but also worry about if/when PanFlu first hits if we will have issues of our first cases delaying medical attention (thus our attention) because of fear of infection from a clinical setting. I admit that when I injured my hand several months back and should have gotten it attended to by medical professionals I didn't because of my own fear of hospital infection. There is a term for a healthcare setting acquired infection: Nosocomial infections, problem that will likely be with us for the foreseeable future.