Real “Science” by Pat Conrad MD

And here ladies and gentlemen, is your headline:

“Muslim doctors and nurses are to be allowed to opt out of strict hygiene rules introduced by the NHS to restrict the spread of hospital superbugs.”  Admittedly this is not as sexy as my usual stuff, but the U.K. Department of Health is making concessions on the basis of religion.

Britain’s NHS determined that it would help to deter the spread of resistant superbugs by keeping arms bare below the elbows, and scrubbing vigorously.  The new, improved Britain-istan decided that in order to preserve the “modesty” of Muslim women, female staffers could keep their arms covered.  Similar jewelry concessions are also being made for the Sikh’s arm jewelry.

Why bring you this story?  Maybe the U.K. NHS is as over the top as our JCHAO regarding MRSA, and maybe bare arms do or don’t matter.  I haven’t read the studies, and don’t really care.  But the British government decided that the scientific thing to do was to scrub and bare forearms when treating patients, and then they reversed themselves based on religion and cultural conflict.

This story exemplifies a point I keep making:  now that we have handed health care over to government and popular will (idiocy), all medicine is political.  Don’t bother constructing a decent study; go to social media, protest, collect votes, pressure bureaucrats, and raise hell.

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Douglas Farrago MD

Douglas Farrago MD is a full-time practicing family doc in Forest, Va. He started Forest Direct Primary Care where he takes no insurance and bills patients a monthly fee. He is board certified in the specialty of Family Practice. He is the inventor of a product called the Knee Saver which is currently in the Baseball Hall of Fame. The Knee Saver and its knock-offs are worn by many major league baseball catchers. He is also the inventor of the CryoHelmet used by athletes for head injuries as well as migraine sufferers. Dr. Farrago is the author of four books, two of which are the top two most popular DPC books. From 2001 – 2011, Dr. Farrago was the editor and creator of the Placebo Journal which ran for 10 full years. Described as the Mad Magazine for doctors, he and the Placebo Journal were featured in the Washington Post, US News and World Report, the AP, and the NY Times. Dr. Farrago is also the editor of the blog Authentic Medicine which was born out of concern about where the direction of healthcare is heading and the belief that the wrong people are in charge. This blog has been going daily for more than 15 years Article about Dr. Farrago in Doximity Email Dr. Farrago – [email protected] 

  4 comments for “Real “Science” by Pat Conrad MD

  1. Kurt
    September 13, 2018 at 10:39 pm

    I know a respected plastic surgeon who I never saw scrub for procedures. True they were
    superficial but I witnessed some free flap transfers with microvascular work required.
    His infection rate was no worse than anyone else’s period. Was fastidious at looking at his gloves for leaks though.

  2. chris
    September 10, 2018 at 4:47 pm

    Funny thing happened on the hand washing front recently. The FDA just banned two types of antibacterial soap commonly used in hospitals because it has been discovered that they seem to induce antibacterial resistance (oops).

  3. Mario
    September 9, 2018 at 11:50 am

    Political correctness has been said to be tyranny with manners.

  4. PW
    September 9, 2018 at 10:10 am

    Political Correctness Kills.

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