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.
med table
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.medicinenet.com/staph_infection_pictures_slideshow/article.htm
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 Canadian Navy Centennial dollar cointreatment, 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.medicinenet.com/staph_infection_pictures_slideshow/article.htm

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.

By Piotr Smuszkiewicz, Iwona Trojanowska and Hanna Tomczak [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
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.

UPDATE: With the COVID-19 crisis now in full gear, I’m sure this will no longer be as big an issue as it once was, as those who were not so diligent at cleaning their equipment will now be forced to do so in order to stay in business.

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Given my passion for genealogy, is it any wonder that I eventually wanted to publish my work? Learning to use a personal computer was a natural step once I was introduced it in the 1990s. Then the internet offered a second means to "publish" and now, here I am with a personal blog.

34 thoughts on “Prevent Getting Staph Infection – Health Care Workers Getting Sloppy!”

  1. 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!

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  2. 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.

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

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  4. 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!

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  5. 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!

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  6. 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!

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    • 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!

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  7. 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!!!!

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  8. 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? 😛 Man! They have to be stupid not to be more careful. Thanks for the heads up on this!

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