Do you think the air in hospitals is cleaner or dirtier (meaning bacteria and viruses) than the air outside?


Anonymous said...

Dirtier - you're more likely to pick up an infection while staying in a hospital

Ben said...

Yeah, that's what I figured, but didn't know if it was all in my head.

Wait, is that a fact? Like, based on a study of some sort?

Anonymous said...

I think it might be. Their are many opportunistic pathogens that set up shop in hospitals, and since people are all hooked up to stuff (IV, cathetars, etc) that bacteria have additional means to get into the system.

Infections acquired while in a hospital are called nosocomial infections - I was a microbiology major thank you very much :)