Infection Control Today - Publisher's Note

Publisher's Note

True Crime

These days, we are all seeing a broad view of the world through the popular media. We have international and national events analyzed for us every day by all sorts of so-called experts. We find out about the happenings in Washington until we can't bear to hear any more scandal and infighting. We see many of the same faces in the news every day talking about nothing yet trying to be important and presidential.

When it comes to our own local community, metro area, or region, we hear about gangs, shootings, police raids, and innumerable other true crimes. The human capacity to hurt and harm other humans seems unexplainable and unlimited. It seems to be our nature that most of us are interested in true crime, whether delivered in the nightly television news, newspapers, movies, or books. Although citizens and citizen's groups have cried loud and clear that they would like to see the good side of the community each night, the local media across the country can't seem to resist using true crime for more than 80% of their broadcasts and headlines.

The problem in all this is that there is good news all around us, and we ourselves can be responsible for creating this goods news. Unfortunately, the people and organizations in our communities have to work twice as hard as the villains in order to make the headlines.

There is probably no group of citizens in our community that witnesses and lives with the results of true crime more than the professionals that staff our hospitals. Sure, there are the tough neighborhoods, the police officers, and social workers that witness it too, but the hospital is the depository for all the mayhem. On the other hand, it is possible that professional healthcare workers have a unique opportunity to impact this reality positively. Our hospitals tend to possess many of our most compassionate Good Samaritans, and these dedicated people, who deal with the effects of true crime, are some of the best candidates to turn the tide. I would not only like to see hospital and healthcare organizations get more formally involved in community events, but maybe every city council would benefit by having two or more council seats held by these special people.

Perhaps the true crime is that our best and brightest citizens are not governing city hall because they are overwhelmed with treating the victims of true crime.

Craig Burr

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