Remember we were talking about PICC lines, the plastic tubes that they thread through a big vein to your heart for the purpose of getting medications well distributed in your body?
You need to scrub up pretty thoroughly when you’re getting one; and we’ve got some things to say about the scrubbing up. For one, there’s a mnemonic for the length of time time the scrubbing is to continue. That is as long as it takes you to sing “Happy Birthday to You” twice. You should know that actually it is the mechanical action of the scrubbing more than the soap that does the good in scrubbing up, and if you want to hear a scary fact about scrubbing up here it is:
Inadequate scrubbing causes about a quarter of a million serious infections in the U.S.A. every year, and 12 to 15 percent of those affected die.
Even scarier: there’s a 2.1-percent incidence of infection if the patient has been taken to a hospital, but only 0.1 percent if they’re being treated at home. So you may want to think twice before allowing yourself to be hospitalized for a minor ailment.