From: "del cecchi" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Re: One big box vs. many little boxes
Date: Thu, 21 Aug 2003 20:31:34 -0500
"Robert Myers" <email@example.com> wrote in message
> On Thu, 21 Aug 2003 15:30:51 -0400, "Bill Todd"
> Hospitals have a very similar problem with regard to unwanted
> pathogens as do computers. Were I in the hospital business, I'd be
> saying the same thing about hospitals.
> Right now, a hospital is a very bad place to be sick, because
> hospitals are where you are most likely to find exotic strains of
> drug-resistant bacteria. I don't want to go look up the incidence,
> say, of post-operative wound infections, but it's a serious problem.
> Knowing that, when I visit a hospital, I can't believe what I see:
> hard to clean surfaces everywhere. Stuff piled all over the place,
> sitting right out in the open. Things that are destined to be
> transported all over the hospital on which pathogens could hitch a
> ride, say, right into intensive care or the post-op suite. Even
> operating rooms, the last time I saw one, didn't look very smart. I
> don't even want to think about what might be going on in the HVAC
> that's just dumb.
This is a little off topic, but some years ago I heard a story that IBM
in E. Fishkill had a semiconductor clean room facility that they
couldn't get clean enough for some reason. This was back in the days of
Class 100 type facilities making 2 micron bipolars. So they ripped it
out and gave it to a local hospital for an operating room. It was
dramatically cleaner than anything else in the hospital, and was used
for bone surgery, with great success.
When I had surgery recently, the doctor told me to get out of the
hospital as fast as I could. And that was the Mayo Clinic. :-)