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Saturday, February 7, 2009

And not tell us more to protect ourselves: Three families' victims of MRSA infections

The Story of Ms. A about her husband's treatment in a South Carolina hospital:
My husband was just released after almost two months in the hospital. His hip replacement was infected by MRSA at the hospital and the only way he could get the treatment needed was to remain in the hospital. When we took him back to the hospital with the first signs of infection in his incision he was not in isolation until the tests came back from the lab that it was MRSA. The nurses did not wear gowns and treated him as they did any other patient. Once the tests were known it was a whole different case. Why the hospital didn't see the need to protect all the people the moment a person comes in with a surgical infection is beyond me. I know we will worry about this infection the rest of my husband's life and we know he got it while in the hospital for a routine surgery. In the weeks I went to the hospital to visit my husband, it was scary how many isolation boxes were hanging on patient doors on the 9th floor. Even on the 3rd floor where I walked to get to the parking garage, there were lots of boxes on doors. The bills that have started coming in since we started working with the hospital two months ago are beyond what any regular person can pay. If the hospitals are the cause of spreading this infection, they should have to treat the victims for free. Good luck to Ms. Diane Parker in taking this to a higher power to stop this infection from affecting other families [by organizing a coalition in South Carolina to reduce hospital infections]. 2/3/09

The Story of Ms. B about her father's treatment in the same South Carolina hospital:
My family had the same experience with that hospital. My dad contracted MRSA after a back surgery. He battled it for a year before sadly we lost him to this totally preventable infection. There were isolation boxes on the 9th floor, but I never saw anyone take out the gowns, gloves, or masks that were in there. The doctor didn't wash his hands when coming in or leaving the room. Neither the doctors nor nurses told the family that we should be using the gowns and gloves. It was a custodial staff member that alerted us. After asking many questions, we finally had a name for the infection and realized that our dad was in for a rough ride. Although I am not a fan of lawsuits, it seems the only thing that talks in this country is money. Hopefully, an attorney will step forward and be brave enough to take a case like this. I have been unable to find one to help me hold the hospital accountable for an unnecessary death.

Crickett's story about her mother's treatment in another South Carolina hospital:
My family experienced the same thing also. Only my mother died 34 days after contacted HAMRSA , thru an intravenous [IV] line in the hospital. She had surgery to remove an area of her arm 1 inch wide and 6 inches long of all veins and tendons. On top of that was sent home with home health to show me how to care for the wound which was left open, not stitched up. She was only treated 4 days with vancomycin, which is one of the only drugs to fight infection. And sent home on bactrim. We took her to another hospital, where she was diagnosed with Septic MRSA. Why didn't the hospital tell us she was going to die, and not tell us more about how to protect ourselves from this dangerous infection?!

On Feb. 4, the South Carolina Hospital Association, Health Sciences South Carolina and Premier Healthcare Alliance announced a major statewide effort to get rid of preventable infections. They have formed the South Carolina Healthcare Quality Trust. This group is to figure out the problems and find the solutions.

Advice to people with a family member in the hospital: Ask the nurse if the hospital participates in a multi-hospital effort to prevent hospital infections.

Read another story of a serious hospital infection in a South Carolina hospital.

Thanks to Dawndy Mercer Plank for the source story, and to Helen Haskell for publicizing this.


jdevine said...

People that have lost a loved one in preventable situation need to contact a personal injury attorney and help prevent this from happening to others.

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