Share The Wealth by Chris Gupta
August 07, 2003


With so much data on the harmful effects of drugs/surgeries/hospitals - it boggles the mind as to why the regulatory bodies continue to spend so many resources trying to regulate generally safe natural health products. Given that nearly all industries have build in accountabilities, such as the banks etc., mentioned in the attached, 7 minute audio. How than, can Health Canada (HC) afford to make high impact issues lower in priority over those of trivial or no or little significance?

"...The Queen's study, which was sponsored by Health Canada, will appear in the August issue of the American Journal of Infection Control."

Great public relations exercise! Now this will conveniently be forgotten, like so many existing cost effective solutions in the past, but going after the generally safe natural products will remain a priority. Getting new patients after all is good business, while curing them will not improve the bottom line!

Even with these glaring issues demonstrated time and time again they (HC) still continue to operate with little or no concern for their constituents. They know how to manipulate "Out of sight, out of mind" mind set, after all, it is only people who use the medical system that are affected. Sadly it will be too late for those who sit on the side lines should their time ever come to visit these self serving institutes say in a time of accident or some such emergency.

Chris Gupta

2003/08/06 CBC Ontario Morning

Hospitals in Canada aren't safe enough. That's the main finding of a recent survey by Dr. Dick Zoutman an epidemiologist at Queen's University in Kingston. Dr. Zoutman found that hospital patients have a too high a risk of getting an infection while in the hospital. The survey was conducted before last spring's outbreak of SARS.

Dr. Zoutman spoke to guest host Dave Seglins from his office in Kingston General Hospital.

Listen to the conversation

Infection study a 'wake-up call' to hospitals

Kingston -A new study shows that the majority of Canadian hospitals had sub-par infection control procedures in place prior to the outbreak of SARS in Toronto this spring.

The study by researchers at Queen's University analyzed survey results collected from 238 hospitals and 150 hospital systems across Canada in 2000.

Their figures suggested that nearly 50 per cent of those hospitals fell short of the minimum recommendations set for proper infection control among their staff.

Their figures suggested about 250,000 hospital patients a year experienced infected surgical wounds, blood infections and antibiotic-resistant organisms as a result of poor infection control. About 8,000 of these patients died from their infections.

Dr. Dick Zoutman, one of the study's authors, said the results are especially potent in the wake of the SARS outbreak in Ontario, which has claimed the lives of 42 people.

"This study should be a wake-up call that other hospital-acquired infections will continue to plague us unless improved infection-control measures are in place," he said.

But the researcher with the department of pathology at Queen's University said exhaustive procedures are only the first step in heading off the spread of dangerous infections inside hospitals.

"Then there are the resources, [such as] having adequate infection control practitioners," he added. "Those are nurses or medical lab technologists trained in the prevention of infections, and that's where a lot of hospitals are potentially cutting corners."

The annual cost of treating infected patients is pegged at a minimum of $1 billion.

The Queen's study, which was sponsored by Health Canada, will appear in the August issue of the American Journal of Infection Control.


posted by Chris Gupta on Thursday August 7 2003
updated on Saturday September 24 2005

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