Tuesday, 25 November 2008

MRSA - PEI - Charlottetown Hospital Tests Staff - Update

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Pat's Note: The latest news coming in overnight. The centre of theWestern world has shifted to the smallest of Canada's provinces.

Whether they find a connection or not with pigs and/or pork, they will have little option but to make it public immediately.

Confirmation in field conditions of the "Gardiner Hypothesis" will save thousands of human lives.

Not every profession has the low moral standards of Britain's pampered secretive and greedy veterinarians.

http://www.theguardian.pe.ca/index.cfm?sid=193490&sc=98

QEH tests for bug WAYNE THIBODEAU The Guardian

The source of a superbug at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Charlottetown remains unknown, but hospital administration say if it’s determined to be staff, the public will not be informed.

More than 300 staff at the province’s largest referral hospital are being tested for the antibiotic-resistant bacteria known as MRSA or methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus.

Rick Adams, CEO of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, said about 290 staffers have already been screened.

“In terms of the test results, we’re not going to be making anything public,’’ Adams told The Guardian. “We want to make sure the environment here is supportive of staff and create a climate where they can feel comfortable and open to come forward and be screened knowing that any results will be kept strictly confidential.’’

Adams said he realizes a solid argument can be made that the public should be informed if the source is found and that source is a staff member. But he said the public should also realize the hospital is doing everything it can to prevent a further spread of the superbug.

“The staff are under enormous pressure. They feel like they are under a microscope.’’

Nine newborns and one mother have now tested positive for MRSA. Five of those nine cases can be connected to the same source.

The bacteria is centered in Unit 4, the nursery.

A number of staff are being directed to be tested, from doctors and nurses to cleaning and dietary staff — anybody who had contact withthe nursery.

Testing includes swabs of the nose and mouth and any open wounds on the hands.

If a positive test is found, Adams said they will have to go through a thorough decolonization process that includes ointment in the nose, bathing with an antibacterial soap and changing bed sheets daily for a period of seven days.

Deputy Chief Health Officer Dr. Lamont Sweet said healthy babies do not normally become sick even if they are found to be carrying MRSA.About 130 Islanders have tested positive for MRSA this year in P.E.I.

Adams said the hospital continues to restrict visitors, and use heightened environmental cleaning and infection control measures. He said the increased testing at the hospital will more than likely find a case or two of MRSA, but he said that doesn’t mean those staffers are the source of the outbreak at the hospital.

“The fact that out in the population, I’m advised today, that approximately one per cent of the population at any point in time in P.E.I. would test positive for MRSA. Given that we are screening our staff for it, one would expect that we may find one, two or three cases.’’

25/11/08

Monday, 24 November 2008

MRSA - Hospital refuses to release results of testing staff.

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Pat’s Note: What have they got to hide?

Wouldn’t be sick pigs would it?

We know that they have PMWS – Circovirus hit pigs on Prince Edward Island. Such pigs are treated with large quantities of antibiotics to get them into the food chain.

The Gardiner Hypothesis, backed by the information that Canadian pigs and pork do carry MRSA and the Dutch research that pig people carry MRSA, predicts that in pig farming country many hospital staff members will carry MRSA and pass it to patients.


http://www.cbc.ca/canada/prince-edward-island/story/2008/11/24/pe-mrsa-results.html

Hospital won't reveal results of bacteria testing on staff
Last Updated: Monday, November 24, 2008 5:02 PM AT

CBC News

Charlottetown's Queen Elizabeth Hospital has tested 290 staff members for MRSA in an effort to contain an outbreak in the nursery, but says it will never reveal how many tested positive.
Doctors, nurses, cleaning staff — everyone with any contact with the nursery — are being tested for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, an antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

Nine newborn babies have tested positive for the bacteria in the past few months. None has fallen ill.

Hospital CEO Rick Adams told CBC News Monday in order to protect the confidentiality of staff, the hospital would not reveal how many positive tests came back. He added that even if some staff did carry the bacteria, it doesn't mean they were the source of the outbreak.

Adams said the hospital still doesn't know exactly how many more staff will be screened. Staff and doctors will have another two weeks to be screened for MRSA. If anyone connected to the nursery refuses to be tested, they could be ordered to allow the test under the Public Health Act.

There have been no new cases of MRSA amongst babies in the nursery in the past several days.
Adams said he's heard rumours that some moms are choosing to have their babies at other hospitals, but he doesn't know for certain if that has happened.

Friday, 21 November 2008

MRSA - Prince Edward Island - Charlottetown

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"But the bacteria is spreading"

Everything here is entirely consistent with the "Gardiner Hypothesis" and the source being people who have been in contact with pigs, or pork coming from pigs that have PMWS - Circovirus.

These pigs will have been overdosed with antibiotics to get the meat into the food chain.

We know that the pigs on Prince Edward Island have had PMWS - Circovirus and that the consequences are handled using large quantities of antibiotics. We know that Candian pigs and pork are infected with MRSA.

We have known from Holland, for more than four years, that this MRSA is transfered from pigs and pork to people.

They are quite right not to blame individuals. Most of the employees on pig farms have no idea of the risks. Nobody has told them.

Corrupt veterinarians only warn one another.

http://www.theguardian.pe.ca/index.cfm?sid=192399&sc=98
Last updated at 12:30 AM on 21/11/08

QEH grapples with bacteria WAYNE THIBODEAU The Guardian

Upwards of 300 staff at the province’s largest referral hospital are being tested for an antibiotic-resistant bacteria after three more babies tested positive for the bacteria.

Rick Adams, CEO of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, said the tests are being carried out to rule out a staff member spreading MRSA or methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus.

But the bacteria is spreading.

Nine newborns and one mother have now tested positive for MRSA. Five of those nine cases can be connected to the same source. “We’ve increased our environmental cleaning, infection control measures in the hospital, we’ve also commenced gloving and gowning for all contact with moms and babies, we’re double- cleaning in a lot of patient rooms, we’re also swabbing the environment, including areas in Unit 4,’’

Adams told The Guardian.

“Given we’ve been doing all that and we had three additional cases this week, to rule out the possibility a staff member may be transmitting this we’ve directed staff and physician screening.’’

The bacteria is centered in Unit 4, the nursery.

A host of staff are being directed to be tested, from doctors and nurses to cleaning and dietary staff — anybody who had contact with the nursery.

Adams said about 180 staffers have already been tested.Testing includes swabs of the nose and mouth and any open wounds on the hands.

“Staff are being very co-operative, but that’s not to say there is not concern among staff,’’ he said.

“This is not about blaming anybody. This is about us working together to try and minimize the number of transmissions.’’

Test results will not be back for a couple of days.If a positive test is found, Adams said the employee will not be fired.

But they will have to go through a thorough decolonization process that includes ointment in the nose, bathing with an antibacterial soap and changing bed sheets daily for a period of seven days.

Deputy Chief Officer Dr. Lamont Sweet said healthy babies do not normally become sick even if they are found to be carrying MRSA.Health Minister Doug Currie described it as a serious situation, but added he has confidence this is being managed as a “high-level serious operational issue.”
The Queen Elizabeth Hospital has had a tough year battling superbugs, added Adams.

“We’ve had a tough year no doubt about it. We had our battles this year with MRSA and VRE (vancomycin-resistant enterococci) in some of the other units and now this.’’

Regards Pat Gardiner

Sunday, 2 November 2008

MRSA contaminated pork found in US stores

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On Friday, MRSA was, as expected, found in pork in US stores.

It was not the US government that found it. It was a group of TV stations who got suspicious and sent pork to a lab. The full story is here: http://www.kcby.com/news/local/33621204.html

The rate is still very low, although it will increase quickly and, at least, the US TV people have stepped in to make the scandal public knowledge.

Britain, despite having problems much earlier, has done absolutely nothing. Not even our national newspapers who contemplated the possibility of contaminated pork months ago, have done any testing. There have been reports, later withdrawn, that British pigs did not carry MRSA.

The situation in the US will now probably deteriorate very quickly. The hospitals may well come under extreme pressure.

The Dutch warned the US government four years ago that pigs were infecting people and pork. Their scientists flew to California specially.

This is now a very real scandal becoming public knowledge. Read the reports. It is a matter on which you can make up your own mind.

Regards Pat Gardiner