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Readers Respond: Please Share Your Infection Stories

Responses: 24


Updated April 04, 2011

one MRSA solution

My brother got MRSA after a surgery. I have to say I did not know much about MRSA and hospital infections before that. It was 10 years ago, it's true that a lot of people do not care enought about hand hygiene, even some doctors, but now things are getting better and better, I work as a nurse in the South of France and we are trained and really well informed about hand hygiene and infection risks, the hospital invested in solutions : disinfectant and also installed new hands free door handles to limit the contamination, and I have to say we now pay more attention to this. Hope all the hospitals and staff will take this factor seriously into account.
—Guest lilou13

From the other side...

I worked in a sterile Pharmacy environment and had the quality assurance piece. Our protocol was to alternate detergents, follow with bleach rinse and take samples of our area (logging the results). Many hospitals take shortcuts to cut costs. These methods are not terribly expensive and drastically reduce bacterial/viral/staph infections. Handwashing should be done BEFORE the staff touches you! Make them wash! Ask them to wear gloves for YOUR protection. Masks should NEVER be worn under the nose. All hair should be covered (including facial hair). Gloves should be put on while they are attending you, not before. (Many go from one patient to another with the same gloves - this is for their protection, not yours)Long hair should be tied back'fingernails should be short and clean. These procedures are standard.Don't be afraid to speak up if they don't follow them, and report them to their supervisor if they give you a hard time! Keyword: Incident Report (staff hates 'em!)

Surgery on Ulnar Nerve plus Infection

I had surgery with an incision encompassing the left elbow to correct an ulnar nerve problem. That was 20 Sept. I am still fighing the infection. I have to say the follow up care from the surgeon and the hospital have been very good, and my next step will be a wound care specialist.

dual responsibility

I having been a patient and having septicemia after surgery can empathize with everyones story. I also think that we should hold the insurance providers accountable for not approving of day before admissions for surgery so that patients can have the 3 cleansing showers before surgery. Not every individual has the best hygiene and cleaning the area only needed for surgery is not adequate. Lack of enough of staff to care what is happening to a patient is ridiculous. But the same institution use nursing as a cost cutter pay their CEO millions of dollars. He or she is not the one that can look out for your best interest. So maybe an area cut down on cleaning people there goes the foundation of trying to clean an area. Your nurse is assigned to 6 other patients and tries to wash her hands before and after contact slips up one time she has just spread an infection because of work loads that are impossible to do. And then there are the Nursing assistants that are assigned to patients.


Directly after my back surgery my chin began to leak this clear fluid. I was told not to worry about it. Within hours swelling formed into a golf-ball size with white pustules all over it and it itched. Once again I was told it was just a cold sore. After 3 days I demanded that a culture be taken and an infectious disease doctor was finally sent to me. The cultures revealed I had contracted Grand Positvie Cocci Staph. They tried to tell me that the 'friction' of my chin on their pillow during surgery may have resulted in an 'irritation'. My wife and me are devastated when we read that it is nearly impossible to sue hospitals for this. My entire life has been altered because of this hospitals negligence. All my lab work before surgery came back fine. It enrages me to read of all the limbs and lives this has taken and not one cent of compensation has ever been awarded to the victims or their surviving families. If u or a loved one contracted this, u would have the same attitude.

Five Years of Dealing with MRSA

I have had it for 5 years, in the beginning I had boils lanced several times. I am colonized in the nose but have taken alot of antibiotics and prednisone for lung problems. The last time I went to ER they gave me 5 days of 40mg. prednisone. The lung got somewhat better but now it is worse, I also have a foul smell in my nose, sweat, urine and everything else. My lungs never came back and I have repeatedly asked for tests but the doctor's think I am crazy. I don't have a fever but how can you get prednisone, break out with boyles every time that were diagnosed as MRSA come out of the hospital with all of these symptoms. Obviously there is something systemic. How can all your body fluids have the same smell as I smell inside of my nose. This is so frustrating. I was told by people outside the health care industry that it can spread to lungs, bladder, and heart and even joints. I don't understand why they won't even address this when it is known to go internal.
—Guest tim


My daughter's father in law passed away about 2 years ago with staff infection. He never made it home from the hospital. My cousin's brother in law passed March 2010 with staff infection. My brother in law passed in March 2010 of staff infection in his blood it shut down all of his organs and he also got c diff. All of these people were healthy before they went into the hospital. None of them made it home. When my brother in law was in icu he was not the only one there with it, about 6 other people had it also. This makes me sick to see what is happening here in Ohio.

Staph infection from surgery

I went into the hospital to have back surgery. I was having my old haardware taken out and new hardware put in fusing up 2 levels. They were placed against a nerve, 2nd surgery 1 week later. Had severe pain, and was not healing, obvious infection, My surgeon admitted me immediately and I had surgery for the 3dr time in 3 weeks to insert a PICC line and to try and get rid of the infection. I was in the hospital for 1 week on massive medications, Infectious disease was coming in to check on me about 2 x's a day. Blood was taken daily out of my picc line. I went home very very ill. I had to be on a picc line and do IV meds 4 x's a day for 4 months. I was unable to work or even take care of my 3 year old. I was losing weight daily, coudln't eat or drink, had fevers. I have not been able to hold down a FT job since. I take alot of pain medication daily just to survive. So after 3 years I am still affected. It is the most painful thing I have ever been thru. I have no immune system.


Twice, after 2 different C-section surgeries, I suffered serious staph infections. It was the same hospital, almost 2 years apart, and there were several other patients who had the same experience. Yet I was told that I had caused my own infection. (A nurse confided differently later.) Some patients had to have a second surgery when their incisions would not heal. Instead, my doctor opted to lance my infected incision in his office once or twice weekly--cold turkey. I will never forget those terribly painful experiences. When my daughter had intestinal surgery, the woman who cleaned the floors was sent in later to wash my daughter's hair. I have yet to have a nurse, doctor or any hospital worker wash their hands before touching me. I'm sure most would say they use hand disinfectant, but I don't see that used routinely, either. It does seem that sanitation is often no more than a word in hospitals. But when you're at someone else's mercy it's wise to choose carefully the ear you bend.
—Guest Frances134

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