Hospital Tests OR Staff for Staph – 15 Tested Positive and Treated Before Returning to Work
Posted Sep 05 2009 10:21pm
After treatment, the workers all returned to their normal duties. This is one of the never-never events where the hospitals eat the bill if patients become infected, and just over all this appears to me to be a good idea to test and see if in fact any staff in the hospital are infected, as it seems to me their level of potential infection with constant exposure is just as high if not higher than a patient at times. Granted, they may not be as weak and do not have open wounds with surgical procedures healing, but many are carriers too without even knowing it. One fascinating technology I have posted about before is a hand washing monitoring system and you can read more at the link below and watch the video. BD
“The way the system operated with the bedside monitor, the patient will see the green light too, so they will know if you have washed your handstoo. If the green light doesn’t appear you get a reminder to stop and wash with your ID tag that will vibrate. I can say this is better than a voice calling out. This is a full on data trail of who and when hands have been washed. Read below to see an example of the reporting functions. If you missed a hand washing, it will show. The reports can also be exported to an Excel spreadsheet too.”
Fifteen operating room personnel at Bon Secours St. Francis Hospital, including surgeons and nurses, did not participate in surgery for a week to 11 days in August after testing positive for the presence of a common staph bacteria, hospital officials said Friday.
The affected staff have since returned to work after being treated with antibiotics and testing negative for Staphylococcus aureus. Surgical site infections in five out of 1,500 patients in July and August prompted the hospital to test 68 operating room staffers for the presence of staph, said Chief Medical Officer Dr. Steve Shapiro.