Hospital Infections

HospitalThe other day, I read an article in Science Daily talking about hospital readmissions due to infections.  Most of my regular readers probably know that I went thru a very bad foot infection that cost me two years of my life.  Anyone that has been thru a nasty infection themselves or watched someone close to them knows that it is not something you want to revisit.


One particular sentence in the article really bothered me – you can read the full article here.

Furuno said. In addition, the authors suggest patients with positive HAI cultures could be targeted to receive additional discharge planning resources to help reduce the likelihood of readmission.

Maybe I am just annoyed at all the cover-ups going on, but this sentence to me makes it sound like it is the patient’s fault they get readmitted.  In my case, a moron doctor looked at an MRI report and a culture that both stated I still had an infection and cut off treatment for that infection.  How is that my fault?

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My Diabetic Foot Wound – The End, Sort Of

I was admitted to the hospital in Pittsburgh on Tuesday, March 7, 2006.  The following day, the podiatrist (the doctor that the vascular surgeon wanted to see me), came in to talk to me.  After we talked and we went over the history of my wound and infection, he went to review my MRIs with the radiologist.  After he talked to the radiologist, he came back to talk to me again.  He called me a challenge and was not even sure what he would end up doing for the surgery until he opened my foot up.  Being called a challenge by the surgeon about to do surgery is not something you want to hear, especially when all the doctors coming in are talking about doing what they can to save my leg.  He wanted to schedule my surgery for Friday afternoon so that it would give him a couple days to think about what he would do.  He said that breaking your bone can cause swelling in the bone, and I also had the infection, so it was hard for him to tell what was because of the infection or what was from the broken bone until he opened my foot up.

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My Diabetic Foot Wound – Part 2

After the doctor called to inform me that I had MRSA, the supply place showed up with the Vancomycin.  I also found out that I was very anemic, but they decided not to do anything about that since I was not very active.  I was told my protein levels were low but I was never told how to fix those. Being anemic & having low protein levels can both hinder wound healing.

After being on the Vancomycin for six weeks, a second MRI was done.  I was told I still had an infection and was started on a second course of Vancomycin.  At the end of December shortly before finishing the second round of Vancomycin, I had another culture done and it came back with yet another infection – Serratia marcescens.  The beginning of January, 2006, I finished my second round of Vancomycin and had my third MRI.  At that time, I was told that the infection was gone.

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My Diabetic Foot Wound – the Beginning

One of the reasons for starting this blog in the first place was to write about what happened with my foot – two months later, I am finally starting to do that!  Because this was a two year ordeal (more like nightmare!), I thought it would be better if I break it up into sections.

Like a lot of other people, I learned the hard way the importance of checking your feet every day.  My first ulcer was a huge hole in my foot that I don’t know for sure what caused it.  I discovered it on a Friday morning while getting ready for work.  The day before, I had been at a client’s office that had a gravel parking lot and my first thought was that a stone came thru my shoe.  I looked at the shoes I had worn the day before and although there was blood, there was no hole coming thru the bottom of the shoe.  I then looked at all the shoes I had worn that week.  Monday evening, I had gone to a party at my cousin’s house and wore some sandals I rarely wore – they also had blood on so I knew that it had happened before Monday evening.

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