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Infection-control gaps at hospital highlight report Toronto Star – A confidential report on Ontario’s worst outbreak of C. difficile reveals major gaps in infection control at Joseph Brant Memorial Hospital in Burlington – findings that suggest other hospitals in the province are still vulnerable today.
First report from Ont. hospitals on C. difficile shows rates lower … The Canadian Press
Ontario releases ‘snapshot’ of C.difficile cases on public website Canoe.ca
CBC.ca – CTV.ca – Canada NewsWire (press release)
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globeandmail.com: C. difficile exacts heavy toll at Ontario hospital. and in the rest of Canada now too.
TORONTO – A deadly outbreak of a highly contagious superbug at an Ontario hospital claimed the lives of one-third of the patients afflicted with the disease, a far greater toll than previously believed. Joseph Brant Memorial Hospital in Burlington announced yesterday that 91 of the 177 patients diagnosed with Clostridium difficult, commonly known as C. difficile, over a 20-month period ending last December died in the institution. It blamed the disease for 62 of the deaths. Only a small number of the province’s 154 hospitals, including Joseph Brant, voluntarily release such statistics. As a result, the public is in the dark about the extent of the problem even though Ontario is believed to have the highest rates of the superbug in Canada, said Michael Gardam, director of infection prevention and control for the University Health Network, who performed the mortality study on patients at Joseph Brant. He said the disease tends to afflict the elderly but also often goes undetected because it is easily misdiagnosed. Ontario Health Minister George Smitherman described the number of deaths as “very, very startling.” He vowed yesterday that the province will make public reporting of such infections mandatory by the end of the year. “We have an obligation for transparency and to apprise people of information that’s important to them, to know what risks are out there,” Mr. Smitherman told reporters. http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080508.wcdifficile08/BNStory/specialScienceandHealth/home
AND BY THE END OF THE YEAR THOUSANDS MORE WILL HAVE DIED NEEDLESSLY TOO. unacceptable.. deal WITH IT TODAY!!! We do not live in the dark ages for shit Diseases is caused by poor cleanliness, poor hygiene, poor sanitation at the Hospital, who have been hiring NOT ONLY LAZY BAD employees but they have FOR AN UNACCEPTABLE DECADE NOW TOO AND MANY THEY been cutting back on their MAINTENANCE COSTS and this has been NOW CLEARLY LEADING their criminal murderous acts OF THE CITIZENS. Do take ALL OF THE HEALTH MINISTERS KNOW BEFORE A FIRING SQUAD AND SHOOT THEM, for THAT WOULD BE A RIGHT START TOO.
The Government of Ontario is putting more lives at risk by not moving more quickly to require hospitals to report infections like C. difficile in the wake of 62 deaths at a hospital in Burlington, Ont., Health Minister George Smitherman should force hospitals to start reporting such cases of hospital-acquired infections immediately instead of by the end of the year as promised, An estimated 1,200 people will die before the end of the year as a result of such infections, which can be prevented if more dramatic action is taken..” Hospital Union Leaders do now even confirm that “Because of the financial pressure, cleaners and cleaning supervisors are told to prioritize and rotate cleaning schedules. There’s not enough attention being paid to the basic cleaning of the facilities, and as a result, there are huge problems.” Ironically the demand for the workers to work to the slow down rules by the union had often also escalated these Health problems now too. The union is calling on the province to hire more hospital cleaners and require hospitals to review their infection-control practices to prevent the kind of outbreak experienced at Burlington’s Joseph Brant Memorial Hospital and other Ontario hospitals, plus the unions as well all need to allow the hospital workers to work more effectively now too.
Ontario’s Jo Brant Hospital had begged for funds The governments falsey play wiht our lives.. “Last September, a Quebec coroner investigating C. difficile deaths in Saint-Hyacinthe concluded the principal problem that fuelled an outbreak there was management’s need to save money and its decision to skimp on prevention measures. Clostridium difficile or C. difficile is a bacterium that causes diarrhea and more serious intestinal conditions such as colitis. It is the most common cause of infectious diarrhea in hospitalized patients in the industrialized world. Control measures include extra housecleaning, cleaning patient rooms twice a day and making sure even the phones and light switches are cleaned with heavy duty products that kill C. difficile spores…. a number of factors contribute to C. difficile outbreaks including the severity of the disease, the abilities of the organism to live on surfaces for months, elderly patients, older hospitals with multi-bed rooms and overcrowding of facilities. An infectious disease expert who fought on the front lines of the Quebec C. difficile outbreak that claimed thousands of lives says it’s “surprising” Ontario has taken so long to target the infection. “It’s a bit surprising that Ontario, which is right next door to Quebec, would wait for so long to implement a basic surveillance system,” said Dr. Jacques Pepin, an infectious disease expert at Sherbrooke University. “It’s not very good.” A review of deaths by the Infection Prevention and Control Unit of the University Health Network in Toronto shows the outbreak ran from May 1, 2006, to Dec. 31, 2007, starting seven months earlier than originally thought, and that it was about four times as deadly.” http://www.thespec.com/News/Local/article/365792
“The Burlington hospital where at least 62 patients died from a deadly superbug had been asking Ontario for funds to improve infection control for three years before the outbreak. Joseph Brant Memorial Hospital’s formal submission for capital funding arrived at Queen’s Park just after the Dalton McGuinty Liberals were elected in 2003. But – despite the fact that the funding proposal cited a need to renovate to new standards of infection control – Ontario never acted. No money for updating has been granted, Pntario Health Minister George Smitherman said. “I acknowledge that Jo Brant is a place in need of some renovation, no doubt about it,” said Smitherman, Health minster since 2003. and ” they aren’t the only hospital in Ontario that’s a little bit older.” Infection control experts have warned since an outbreak in Quebec in 2003 that deteriorating hospital premises jeopardize public safety. When Jo Brant made its original request, Quebec was beginning to uncover widespread C. diff contamination that took 2,000 lives. In 2004, the Canadian Medical Association saw superbugs as a serious risk and advised all provinces to start mandatory reporting… when results of the Sault investigation were disclosed last year, it should have been obvious to Smitherman that he needed to act… Smitherman should have taken all steps necessary to “ensure that when people go to a hospital for treatment … they don’t end up dying from this .. Superbugs have become a province wide issue since Jo Brant reported this week that the outbreak began earlier, and was more deadly, than originally thought ” firstname.lastname@example.org
Get real!!!! Everyone now must act now to get hospitals reporting C. difficile and deal with the problem too.