- Harry Tucker
- March 18, 2013 - 21:33
My grandmother contracted C. Difficile while staying at the Health Science Centre in February and passed away Saturday before last. I wonder if she is a victim of this oversight in hygiene. It is very disappointing to read that they have a 51% compliance in hygiene.
- March 18, 2013 - 21:09
As a health care worker I would like to point out that the general public has a responsiblity in ensuring appropriate hand washing procedures as well. As long as the general public are accessing these areas to visit or attend appointments they should be more aware of what they are doing. I have been to the HSC and noticed visitors leaving bathroom stalls and not washing their hands at all before leaving the washroom! Its disqusting! Wise up people! Hand washing is everyones responsibility. And if you show any signs of having something contagious, please make appropriate precautions. Thanks!
- Virginia Waters
- March 18, 2013 - 17:35
Unfortunately what's needed is a class action lawsuit against the health corporations. It means, of course, that the taxpayer will pay more in the short term for large pay-outs but overall in the longer run (when health authorities are forced to take it seriously and start firing people) costs will drop. This is the experience in the much more litigious U.S. medical industry.
- been there
- March 18, 2013 - 15:57
As a person infected withC-Diff this past summer I can tell you it was no picnic. To add insult to injury it took over two months for the diagnosis which was only effected by my agressive actions to get to the bottom of the problem. After One colonoscopy, two Cat Scans several rounds of blood work unnecessary antibiotics. 22 lbs. weight loss later, I was finally diagnosed and all it took was a simple stool sample suggested by a Gastroenterologist. I would not wish this illness on anyone and would suggest if you are not comfortable with weeks of diarrhea and excessive weight loss ask your doctor to have you tested for C. Diff.
- M Wallack
- March 18, 2013 - 13:55
The Provincial Government should include c difficile in its monthly report of communicable diseases and this report should indicate the locality of the reported disease--hospital name and ward or long term care facility. The report should be available promptly. No 2013 reports are on line. http://www.health.gov.nl.ca/health/publichealth/cdc/informationandsurveillance.html#currentyear Please follow up.
- Whaddaya At
- March 18, 2013 - 13:20
So the problem is not that less than half the employees at Eastern Health are not washing their hands, it's that they're not washing them at the appropriate times?. So an employee washes his/her hands after having lunch, but not after using the bathroom or mopping up bodily fluids, etc. ?. That's comforting.