John Miranda asked:
Excellent interview on farts.
If all the assholes in a hospital had effective fart-gas filters (that is ALL the patients and all the staff - I know, good luck on the staff side,) what would the reduction in Hospital Acquired Infections be? I understand all the airborne bacteria spread in all kinds of ways through the HVAC system, butt, as you know, HAI is a serious problem. Therefore, I believe I am asking a serious question, although it appears little real scientific research has been done on this subject.
John M. Miranda
Chris - This is a question that we answered a few years ago and Ben Valsler went to see Simon Park in Surry who actually did the experiment for us and we’ve got the bit of audio from 4 years ago in 2008 where they actually did the experiment to see how efficiently farts can spread potential pathogens.
So I thought of some experiments where I could actually prove whether or not farts could transmit bacteria. So, what I've done is taken some agar plates that are very good at culturing faecal bacteria and done some very crude experiments where we’ve exposed the plates to people farting in terms of a naked fart with no pants and no jeans on, and also, people farting with underpants and jeans on.
I missed the reference.
Stone the crows, what hospital have you been visiting?
http://www.thenakedscientists.com/forum/index.php?topic=17198.msg196229#msg196229 RD, Mon, 30th Jan 2012
We did this experiment on the Naked Scientists show in May 2008 with the help of microbiologist Simon Park, from Surrey.
Thanks for the link.
It's not entirely true that gut bugs are generally apathogenic in the respiratory tract. Ventilated patients often succumb to E. coli infections, and Steps and Pseudomonads, as well as fungi (like candida), can also cause a problem.