30 Dec '11, 6pm

More Proof That We Should Change The Way We Design Bathrooms

More Proof That We Should Change The Way We Design Bathrooms

Hospitals have a big problem, a bacterium known as Clostridium difficile. It has thrived in hospitals because it is resistant to many of the antibiotics we are so busy feeding to cows and pigs, let alone human beings who are sick and old in hospitals. It is often spread by medical staff who don't wash their hands, but a new study shows that it may be spread by flushing toilets. Christopher Mims at Smart Planet writes that It’s a process long known to hygiene experts, and it’s called aerosolization. Mythbusters did a segment on it and concluded that while toilets with lids up do spray water all over the bathroom, the risk associated with this process was negligible. The study and Mythbusters don't exactly agree; the abstract describes the method used: We performed in-situ testing, using faecal suspensions of C. difficile to simulate the bacterial burden found during disease...

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