The March 10, 2008 issue of Forbes magazine has some interesting articles advocating for the use of specialty hospitals for such procedures as joint replacement, cancer, heart operations etc. The primary purpose of the article is to discuss the reduction of complications and the faster results obtained by having one facility and it's staff dedicated to one type procedure. The latest equipment and the training for that equipment is a benefit to the patient since the facility only does one type procedure and will have latest equipment to do it with. - Check out our Mobile UV Sterilizer Video
A side effect of this type specialty hospital is the reduction of exposure to the many bacteria that one finds in a general hospital. In a general hospital you may find all sorts of health issues and the personnel in the hospital, merely by providing patient care, are moving back and forth amidst different patients with different diagnosis and needs. The risk of cross contamination is much higher due to the greater abundance of germs and the transport of those germs from one area to another. Infection control is very important to the hospital and even more important to you since you do not want to pick up a germ from another patient, or hospital employee not being careful to cross infect.
A site is mentioned in the editor's comments, http://www.hospitalinfection.org which monitors the infections. We have linked to this site on our blog.
What would be nice is if even the specialty hospitals knew of the advantages of controlling pathogens by the simple use of the portable 900 watt ultraviolet and 150 watt Odor control portable cannister. This type device not only kills germs on surfaces but also throughout the air. Our UV missile defense to the airborne!!!