Set one foot in a hospital and you’ll be pumped full of more drugs than a Skid Row junkie.
Doesn’t matter whether you need them or not, you’ll get them. Meds to put you under, meds to wake you up, meds to fight infections and meds to fight pain… and that’s just the short list!
You might even get a drug to stop you from puking up all the other drugs you’ve been given.
Which is actually too bad because if you do manage to keep them all down some of them could tear a hole right through your gut.
The risk of ulcers and stomach bleeds is so high that many hospital patients are also given proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), aka heartburn drugs.
That’s not just any old mistake. That’s a deadly mistake — because new research shows it’s KILLING hospital patients.
While PPIs can often bring down raging stomach acid levels, and in some cases may even prevent those bleeds, they also kill off your essential probiotic bacteria. And once those “good bugs” are wiped out, the bad ones can take over — which is why PPI use has been linked repeatedly to infection.
That’s bad news for anyone… but in a hospital it can be deadly news. You’re already sick, weak and prone to infection — especially potentially deadly antibiotic resistant bugs such as MRSA, pneumonia and Clostridium difficile, which are practically stalking hospital patients these days.
As a result, the new study finds that 90 percent of hospitalized patients on PPIs have a higher risk of death from infection.
There’s a much easier way to dramatically cut the risk of stomach bleeds in hospitalized patients: Simply stop giving out the unnecessary drugs that are causing it!
Those bleeds are commonly caused by high-dose steroids, which are often completely unnecessary or can be given in much lower doses. For example, they’re still routinely given to hospitalized COPD patients despite a 2010 study that found 90 percent of those patients could get low-dose steroids instead.
The same goes for other conditions and other stomach-wrecking meds, which is why you should always — ALWAYS — question any doc trying to pump the whole pharmacy into your veins the moment you’re hooked up to an IV.