Prevent Getting Staph Infection – Health Care Workers Getting Sloppy!

During a telephone conversation on February 25, 2012, with a very close friend whom I will refer to here as Martha (for privacy reasons), I discovered that she is suffering from a staph infection (staphylococcus aureus).

Martha had been to visit a local therapeutic clinic only a few days ago, and then developed what first appeared to be a nasty rash. Not realizing what she had contracted, Martha neglected to visit her medical doctor straight away.

A few days later when the rash had begun to look like it had boils starting on top of the now enlarged rash, Martha sought her doctor’s attention.

Well image this! Martha’s own doctor told her there was no need to fret and prescribe some antibiotics for her to take.

The very next day when the rash became even worse, her husband took her into the local hospital where they admitted Martha immediately, and proceeded to cut out the infected tissue.

It was at this stage that Martha discovered that she had a staph infection.

What is a staph infection? Take a look at the links below:
http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/staph-infections/basics/definition/con-20031418
http://www.medicinenet.com/staph_infection/article.htm
http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/staph-infection-cellulitis

Martha assured me that the ONLY place she had been lately was to a therapeutic clinic to receive treatment for relief from back pain that she was suffering. She went on to say that she had noticed how dirty the surface of the traction apparatus (I’m guessing it was a type of table) was, and that she tried to make sure her skin never came into contact with the surface when doing as she was told, to lay down on it.

Apparently, when the therapist came back to continue treatment, Martha was asked to roll over onto her stomach, and she did not take the time to cover her stomach completely before coming into contact with the surface.

Next morning, a rash appeared about the size of a Canadian dollar coin.

What do staff infections look like? Take a look here: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/medical/IM03126

Martha was sent home after her surgery, and is taking medicine intravenously with a professional nurse attending to her daily until she’s out of the woods. In case you’re wondering, her nurse agrees with her that the therapists table is most likely to blame for her staph infection.

Also, Martha discovered the side effects of using the drug she’s on intravenously could cause her even more horrific medical issues.

You need to understand; Martha cannot prove that she was infected by the dirty surface of the traction therefore contacting them regarding this issue is out of the question.

Moral to the story: If ANY health care professional whose services you are considering hiring, does NOT clean by disinfecting and/or protect their tables with new paper/sheet for EACH client then DO NOT use their services or else you could be the next victim of a staph infection… or worse!

All this serves to prove that Cleanliness truly IS next to Godliness!

Please, help by passing the link to this story on to all of your friends so they too will be more careful so as not to become infected.

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34 Responses to Prevent Getting Staph Infection – Health Care Workers Getting Sloppy!
  1. Bernadete Reply

    the effort you made to write this article is the proof of how you like to help us, thanks!

  2. Camo Cibele Reply

    I want to congratulate you for warning others like this. Two thumbs up Trish!

  3. Mairalemus Reply

    Pretty nice post. I just stumbled upon your blog and wanted to say that I’ve truly enjoyed many of your blog posts. In any case I will be subscribing to your feed and I hope you write again soon!

  4. Erlese Reply

    helpful post and great advice for any and all of us everywhere, not just your area Trish!

    • Trish Reply

      So true Erlese, and thank you for your bringing that fact to all of our attention.

  5. Cleo Eloida Reply

    this article is really a great help especially to a newbie like me. therapy ain’t what it used to be that’s for sure.

    • Trish Reply

      No Cleo, therapy certainly is not what it used to be. In today's world, we need to be our own health advocate that is for sure.

  6. Phil Reply

    Thanks for this “news”. I’ll be watching out, of that you can be sure!

  7. Carneiro Reply

    Yikes! Thanks for sharing this. Now we’ve even MORE health issues to watch out for.

    • Trish Reply

      We MUST be our own health advocated from now on Carneiro!

  8. Eduardo Reply

    Yikes, thanks for sharing…will be sure to pass this info on!

  9. Allie Rodiriguez Reply

    Thanks for the warning. Good idea for every one every where to remember!

  10. Polly Decker Reply

    Wow, I’m sending this to some buddies and additionally sharing in delicious. And obviously, thank you in your sweat!

    • Trish Reply

      Thanks Polly! Much appreciated.

  11. Charles Reply

    This article has changed my life. I’ll be sure to pay close attention next visit to any any health care provider’s office. Thanks!

    • Trish Reply

      Good, glad this helped save you the same sort of nasty infection Charles!

  12. Sue Pressor Reply

    Wow, now THIS story IS scary. Not like Durham Region is a third world yet sure is acting like it is… in the health care area anyway. Thanks for the warning!

  13. Suzanne Barber Reply

    Wow, has anyone reported this to the health department? Perhaps they should be made aware of this particular clinic. You can bet I’ll be checking all health care provider’s tables a lot closer from now on!

    • Trish Reply

      I've spoken with Martha about reporting his anonymously and she said she would call them from a pay phone so they would not be able to trace her. Pretty bad when we're that paranoid to report such a violation of cleanliness of therapists… but I DO understand Martha's fear!

  14. Randy Reply

    Now, this is just downright scary! Thanks for the warning. I shall be passing the link to your story around at work so others in the Durham Region become aware of this problem. YIKES!!!!

    • Trish Reply

      You're welcome Randy!

  15. Christine Reply

    I was suggested this website through my cousin. You’re incredible for having posted this, Thank you!

    • Trish Reply

      You're welcome Christine!

  16. Joni Reply

    After reading your post I was excited enough to drop a comment ;) Could it be only me or does it look like today’s medical personal are brain dead? :-P Man! They have to be stupid not to be more careful. Thanks for the heads up on this!

  17. Wilburn Reply

    Fantastic and good from you for posting this warning. This is really a terrific website.

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