Superbug Fear

April 25, 2008

Now, I don’t know about you but I have a fear of hospitals. I have good reason to be afraid. I don’t mind needles and I’m not afraid of pain but I would be concerned about picking up another hospital acquired infection (HCAI). My fears are well-justified as it’s no secret that Irish hospitals are rife with superbugs. Mary Harney says she doesn’t accept that people are afraid of our hospitals. She would say that, wouldn’t she? She hasn’t had to fight for her life following a serious MRSA infection.

Today’s news (and I particularly recommend that you listen to the audio links at the bottom of RTE page) has done nothing to allay my fears. Over a 7-month period last year, a high incidence of deaths which were directly or indirectly attributable to superbugs, was recorded at one Dublin hospital. This hospital has no consultant microbiologist in place and is forced to ‘borrow’ these services from another hospital. It beggars belief after the outcry over the prevalence of HCAI’s in Ireland, that this relaxed attitude to infection control continues to exists in our health service.

Mary Harney says she is learning from best practice and that plans are in place to minimise the possibility of acquiring HCAI’s. You know what Mary? Two can play at your game. I don’t believe you!


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