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Hospital Hygiene

Sanitize your hands before
You open up the door.
Grab a tissue to protect
From germs left there before.

Purell spigots on the walls
Everywhere you turn.
Still, despite these offerings, 
Most people never learn.

Hospitals are breeding grounds
For every type of germ.
Even if you’re visiting,
You may wind up infirm.

Years ago, before we knew
How microbes make us sick,
We’d take our medicines and hope
That we’d feel better quick.

Now we have preventive tips
That help us, there’s no doubt;
But if you’re in the hospital,
Then hurry and get out!

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  1. Date: 10/3/2012 10:30:00 AM
    You are so right....in so many ways.

  1. Date: 9/9/2012 11:07:00 AM
    Oh music to my ears. Just retired from 38 years of managing Infectious Disease. Nosocomial (hospital acquired) infections are the 3rd leading cause of death in Canada... now that's scary. Lee

  1. Date: 8/24/2012 3:25:00 PM
    Another truism Ilene. But it extends way beyond the hospital. It's in the mind of most educated people. Even when I use a public restroom, I wash my hands and use the paper towel that I dried them with to open the door. You never know who touched it before you. Good job. Rockman

  1. Date: 8/23/2012 11:11:00 PM
    You can't see them, but they can hurt you. Good poetic advice to help us against those pathogenic microbes.

  1. Date: 8/23/2012 7:01:00 PM
    I agree make your visits short and sweet, enjoyed your verse hugs vie

  1. Date: 8/23/2012 6:08:00 PM
    Cute write, Ilene, and also very true! Enjoyed reading your poem. Love, Kim