Daily Archives: September 11, 2015

Nosocomial Outbreak of Pseudomonas aeruginosa

Costa D, Bousseau A, Thevenot S, Dufour X, Laland C, Burucoa C, Castel O. Nosocomial outbreak of Pseudomonas aeruginosa associated with a drinking water fountain. The Journal of Hospital Infection. 2015 Aug 17. pii: S0195-6701(15)00302-3. doi: 10.1016/j.jhin.2015.07.010.

Over a four-month period, ten patients were suspected of having acquired nosocomial infection to P. aeruginosa in the ear, nose, and throat department. Environmental and clinical isolates were compared. Only water from a drinking water fountain was contaminated by P. aeruginosa. This isolate and those of three patients had indistinguishable random amplified polymorphic DNA profiles. These patients had serious oncology diseases. The drinking water fountain was used for their alimentation by percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy and was the origin of the outbreak. Another type of drinking fountain with a terminal ultraviolet treatment was installed, following which no new infections linked to drinking water were identified.

Ms. Clinton Political Apology Pro Forma

Astute politicians know that voters have a short memory. Voters can also be very forgiving, perhaps to their peril. Apologies such as here from political candidates in trouble are pro forma and certainly give the appearance of repentance. But as a former boss of mine in Washington DC would say “perception is reality.” This is certainly true for a non-thinking person. What matters in Washington is what people believe about Ms. Clinton, not what is actually true. If it looks like the candidate is sorry and repentant and will change their ways then it must be true. Not.

Voters must side step these pro forma apologies and pay attention to how a candidate has actually behaved in office. What did they accomplish? Just how wide was the path of destruction? Candidates must be held accountable to their record, not a misleading perception.