Strength in Numbers dedicated to my late mother Kay

My friend emailed me the below as she was so angry about a phone call her husband received from the NHS hospital he is going to have an operation in. Please read below

Hi Jo

Terry is having an operation on the 8th May 2012 and is staying in hospital overnight. He has to have another operation on the 22nd May 2012 at the same hospital. 

 He got a phone call yesterday (30th April) from the hospital that will be doing his operation, asking that in between the two operations can he come back to the hospital for a MRSA test to see if he had contracted MRSA from his first visit, and if he has contracted MRSA he cannot be readmitted back into the hospital for his second operation. 

I couldn’t believe my ears, they are going to waste time and money doing this, when they surely should be putting the money and time into making sure the hospital is clean, and doesn’t infect their patients with MRSA!

Please put this on your blog.



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2 Responses

  1. carole says:

    Sounds like it hasn’t been explained properly to you. He must be MRSA negative at present, as presumably he has been screened before admission. If subsequently he screens positive he will have had the MRSA transmitted to him probably in the hospital, most likely by a member of staff who is her/himself colonised, or via equipment. It is safer to get rid of the MRSA before more surgery as infections caused by it can be difficult to treat, and this can be done by use of nasal cream and antiseptic baths/showers, then re-screen before the next admission. The staff are taking precautions for the safety of all patients in following this procedure.

    I can tell you that many staff (and members of the public) carry this bacterium in their noses and/or throats.My last hospital ran a screening programme for all staff on high risk areas eg ITU, neonatal, and orthopaedic surgery, and we found all grades of staff and doctors including surgeons who were colonised (MRSA carried but not causing any infection). As many people in the community carry this bacterium as well, proving where it was acquired is not so easy.

    The more admissions to hospital you have, the more likely you are to pick up MRSA (and other antibiotic resistant bacteria).
    When my husband was admitted for neurosurgery I gave him strict instructions not to let any member of staff touch him unless they first used the hand gel which was at every bed. This included consultants. My husband also used the gel regularly during his stay. It does nor replace hand washing but is a useful extra precaution and very effective against many (but not all) bacteria.

    The hospital will have an infection control nurse who can tell you more. I understand your feelings, believe me, but best for your husband to know he is negative before his surgery!
    Good luck, let us know how things go!


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