49/54 Progressive: “Insurance”

When thinking of the word progressive, for some reason “progressive insurance” came to my mind long before anything that had to do with making progress and moving forward. I am going to relate kleenex to insurance because “Progressive” is a very well known insurance company and because accidents that involve insurance leads to a hospital visits which usually include a lot of kleenex, tissues, bandages, soft white materials, and comforting. People also often visit hospitals when they have a cold or pneumonia or another sickness that patients often would use kleenex for. Kleenex are very standard tissues that I can guarantee would be found in any hospitals across the United States. Kleenex is a very clean brand and hospitals are extremely clean and sanitary places. Hospitals are places people go to if they have cancer, have a life threatening injury after something like a car accident, and also a place they go to if they have a simple 24 hour flu. The idea of being sick and going to the hospital is just something people in our country know to do and the kleenex brand connects to the idea of being sick more than any other brand in my mind.

“Hospital-acquired infections and antibiotic resistant bacteria are hospital problems that has claimed lives after lives. The deaths from hospitals-acquired infections alone claim 99,000 deaths annually from the 1.7 million annually infected as I mentioned previously. The problem from not being careful and extra clean along with sterilizing equipments has cause healthy people to become infected with these deadly diseases. That isn’t the only deadly thing that is spreading outside the hospital, antibiotic resistant bacteria are also spreading. From inconsistency in taking the medication and from doctors over prescribing them are causing resistant strain of bacteria that are making it harder to treat them.

Those who don’t agree with this problem might oppose it on the thought that hospitals are better off today then it was back in the old days. That may be true, but we only got here from learning about the human body and of the microorganisms that are causing the problems and in order to keep improving and save lives we have to use the technology that we have now. According to this post, that is exactly how we prevent the spread of germs and infectious diseases. Washing your hands with soap and wearing gloves along with using hand sanitizer are modern ways of keeping clean. Though we have these, doctors and nurses tend to be too busy and forgets to use or practice the use of these, thus, inhibits the full potential of it.

Well those that oppose to the problem of sanitation in hospitals should answer to the families of patients that have died from acquiring an infection from the hospitals that were suppose to provide care for them. This article by Robert Higgs, provide an account of one of the many deaths that are due to HAIs, but are rarely heard of. It is the death of Friederike Roeder, a woman that died at the age of 91 after being admitted to the hospital from a fall in the bathroom. She didn’t die of the fall, but instead of the intestinal infection known as Clostridium difficile stated in the article. It is easy to say that the hospital is fine the way it is because it is better than before and they are saving more lives now, but how would you feel if you were the daughter or grand-daughter of Roeder. They like many have to see their love one slowly perish. Day after day they saw her lose weight and get thinner and thinner from lost of appetite and having constant diarrhea from the infection and eventually died.

Hospitals-acquired infections and resistance bugs are problems that occurs within hospitals that affects not only those in the hospitals. When hearing or reading statistic on the number of deaths caused by infectious for example, people think of only that number and not of the real number of people affects from that outcome. One person’s death is linked to many lives and pain. Somewhere out there a child may become an orphan or a widow. That person can be you and mostly someone you know, so the point is to be aware and support the regulation of hospitals. People need to be concern of the issue and therefore act to prevent or assist in preventing the problem.”

The above quote is as exerpt from a blog written by an activist for hospital sanitation. The idea of sanitation is important in understanding this post. It is important to emphasize the cleanliness of kleenex and how it is used to fight sickness. Kleenex is branded as a cleanly product that is very sanitary. Sanitation is very important in hospitals and if there is a lack of sanitation in hospitals that can be a very dangerous situation. If a doctor does not wash his hands, if a dirty tool is used on you, or if there is a spill in the hallways, if a doctor hands you a bloody kleenex, or any other number of scenarios then patients are at extreme risk of becoming sick or getting killed. There are many people just like the girl that wrote this blog that worry a lot about the sanitation issues in hospitals. In our country most people like me would believe that hospitals are one of the most sanitary and clean places one could go. Doctors and nurses are always wearing gloves and masks and hospitals often smell like bleach or other cleaning materials. They work hard to be sanitary and put emphasis on using sanitary things like kleenex and clean surgical tools. Kleenex could be used in many ways to try and make hospitals more sanitary. They could be given to patients to cover their mouths, to cover up blood or cuts, to clean tools, to clean up spills, and much more. Kleenex are found in hospitals and hospitals are a place you visit when yourinsurance is most important to you. This post connects to kleenex for sanitary issues and the importance of sanitation in hospitals and the importance of sanitation in the kleenex product.


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