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Nurses Killed 99 in British Hospitals!!
« on: October 13, 2007, 12:05:55 AM »
LONDON - Nurses who didn't wash their hands and left patients lying in soiled beds were cited in an official report blaming mismanagement for the deaths of 90 people who contracted a bacterial infection in hospitals in southern England.
 
"Significant failings" at all levels contributed to infections of more than 1,000 patients at three hospitals, the Healthcare Commission said Thursday.

The patients were infected with Clostridium difficile, or C. diff, which can cause diarrhea, colitis and other intestinal problems, officials said.

"The Healthcare Commission has passed the copy of the report to us and that is being reviewed," said a spokesman for Kent Police, speaking on condition of anonymity in line with force policy.

The report into the spread of the highly contagious bacterium said nurses at three hospitals run by the Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS trust were often too busy to wash their hands and left patients in their own excrement.

Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS trust acknowledged that it had not been prepared for "an outbreak of that size and complexity" but had learned from the mistakes.

The trust's Chief Executive Rose Gibb resigned last week.

Health Minister Ann Keen said the failures, which led to the deaths of patients over a 2 1/2-year period, must not be repeated.

"Trusts must deliver clean, safe treatment to every patient, every time and where senior management and trust boards fail to act, they must be held accountable," Keen said.

Investigations began after a series of complaints about cleanliness, and when the trust claimed there had been no deaths from the bug despite admitting there had been hundreds of cases.

The trust has also introduced extra cleaners and nurses on affected wards and asked family doctors not to send patients with diarrhea to hospital, measures that will continue until the outbreak ends.

In recent years, Britain's superbug infection rates of bacteria like Clostridium difficile and MRSA have skyrocketed. In the 1990s, only 5 percent of in-hospital blood infections were from MRSA, the deadly bacteria resistant to nearly every available antibiotic. In past years, that figure has jumped to more than 40 percent. Critics blame the rise on overstretched hospitals that do not have enough money or capacity to catch superbug infections early.

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Re: Nurses Killed 99 in British Hospitals!!
« Reply #1 on: October 13, 2007, 02:26:40 PM »
The thing about the NHS is it spends too much money on doctor wages, and senior managers and health officials resulting in less money available to be spent on the nurses and the rest of the staff. This results in decreased cleanliness in the hospital wards and as a direct result patients often end up with more lethal diseases then they have been admitted with. Personally i think the whole NHS system needs to be reevaluated and built up from scratch again.
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Re: Nurses Killed 99 in British Hospitals!!
« Reply #2 on: November 30, 2007, 09:58:22 PM »
we dont have such things in nursing at the o ??? drs is the one who get infection to the patients

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Re: Nurses Killed 99 in British Hospitals!!
« Reply #3 on: December 25, 2007, 02:14:23 AM »
Serious and highly contagious infections are so common in hospitals these days.....I can believe  how so many patients can be killed by iproper handling of these infections. Infections likes MRSA, ESBL, and C-diff are more  common than ever in the hopitals. It so bad that there is a new law (at least in the hospital that i work for) that if a patient contracts any of these infections while they are in the hospital, the hospital is responsible for paying their treatment. This puts  pressure on the hospital but also I think is a good thing because it will force them to implement stricter quidelines in containing these infections.


 

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