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09-17-2004, 01:59 PM
okay guys this is what has happen when i went for my pre op. on sept 8 the very rude Rn came in in front of people i didn't even know and said out loud do you have a staff infection. I told her NO! i don't have one after i left that day i went by my doctor office and they told me No i didn't have one so okay everything is okay right? NO! on the day of my surgery the same Witch was my RN and said yes i do have one it came back from 2002. of course i'm upset and want to know why no one has bother to tell me about it or try to explain this to me.
well when we get to the OR they try to put me in a room like a jail cell well this didn't work out well for me and i showed my butt so they moved me they was all dressed up like i had something deadly.
I asked again and then these people in the OR waiting area said it came back in July of this year in an out pat. urine, but the only out pat urine i have gave was to my uro's office and they say no i don't have one.
this is really bothering the heck out of me.
my question is what is a staff infection?
can it be treated? or better yet cured?
i don't want to have to go around anyone if this is this dangerous as they act if its true.
I need more answers and seem to get the run around no one really knows but its on my files.
i have reported the RN who said it out loud in front of people i don't know that is against the law in my state privacy law. and i want something done about it.
can anyone give me some information on this Staff infection thingie.
i have tried to look it up but not one thing i have found really tells me what it is or how it effects someone.
please help me.
09-17-2004, 04:00 PM
a stap infection is staphylococcus aureus bacteria this is from ask alice
Staph (pronounced "staff") is medical quick speak for staphylococcus aureus bacteria. This pesky little bacterium is very common (many people have some living on their skin all the time), but when it enters the human body, usually through an open cut or break in the skin, it can cause infection and trouble anywhere in the body. Staph infections tend to be pus-producing. Common minor (or relatively minor) skin infections caused by staph include:
Folliculitis Infections of hair follicles that cause itchy white pus-filled bumps on the skin (often where people shave or have irritations from skin rubbing against clothes)
Infections deeper within hair follicles that leave large, frequently red inflammations (often occur on the face or neck)
Infection of the follicle surrounding the eyelashes, causing a sore red bump in the eyelid
The infection kids often get around their mouths and noses that causes blisters and red scabby skin
Infection characterized by pus and swelling that can occur in the skin and in any other organ.
Staph infection is also the leading culprit behind cases of food poisoning, and can be to blame for larger life threatening conditions, such as Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS), pneumonia, bone infections (osteomyelitis), mastitis in nursing mothers, endocarditis (infection of the inside of the heart), and bacteremia (blood infection). People who are otherwise healthy typically do not usually become severely ill from staph infections, but those at special risk, who have weakened immune systems, include:
persons with chronic illnesses, such as diabetes, cancer, lung disease, kidney disease, or HIV/AIDS
people with various skin conditions
people recovering from major surgery
injection drug users (especially those who reuse needles)
people whose immune systems are weakened due to steroid use, radiation therapy, cancer treatment, immunosuppressive medications
women who are breastfeeding
Health care professionals can determine that staph (and not some other bacteria) is the cause of an infection by taking a culture (usually a swab from what looks like a giant Q-tip) from the infected site. Once staph has been diagnosed, the provider will prescribe antibiotics that are known to work on that specific strain of the bacteria. These antibiotics (usually either pills or creams applied to the infected body part) typically kill the bacteria and cure the infection within a week or two.
Hospitals are working to stamp out staph infections, in part because the majority of hospital patients fall into at least one "at-risk" category, but also because drug-resistant strains of staph (versions of the bacteria that aren't killed by one or more of the antibiotics that are commonly used to treat staph infections) are becoming an increasingly common threat. These drug-resistant strains of staph do not cause worse or different infections than non-resistant strains, but they can be much harder to treat because the most common (and easiest to use) antibiotics may not be effective. People with resistant staph infections may require hospitalization to receive antibiotics through an IV or by injection.
Because improper use of antibiotics can help produce resistance to drugs, making future infections much harder to treat, the American Medical Association recommends that patients:
follow the directions for any prescription exactly
take all of the medicine prescribed (even if one feels better after only a few days)
never save old, leftover prescriptions for future use
never take anyone else's prescription antibiotics
Other preventative measures are careful treatment of all skin conditions, including wound care after trauma or surgery, IV drug users taking precautions when injecting, and people with special risk factors being attentive to early symptoms of staph.
09-17-2004, 04:01 PM
ok.... most diffently call your regular dr and get in and have him run test to see if you have a staph infection for sure..... please let me knoe hugs to you
09-18-2004, 03:50 AM
Staph is very common, it is a vicious little germ, but is found just about everywhere. I got staph from a stent a couple years ago that was placed in the OR. My daughter got a staph infection when she was in the NICU. it is very treatable and common. Please don't worry about it just have your Dr check it out witha culture to see what antibiotic will treat it.
09-18-2004, 01:20 PM
That nurse sounded so rude. I would call the hospital and ask for someone that can help with a complaint against a nurse. Tell them that she was rude, mean and unprofessional and that you deserved to be treated better that that. Ask the person, how they would like if a family was treated that way. You may not get any action, but you might feel better for venting.
09-18-2004, 01:25 PM
I agree with everybody, I think you were treated badly and should make a complaint. I hope you feel better soon and get the staph infection if you have one, on the run.
(Gosh I've gotten those bumps before when I've shaved the bikini zone - eek - I had a staph infection, LOL!)
09-18-2004, 01:41 PM
i made a report on tuesday when a RN called to check on how my stay went while i was in the hosp. boy did she get a ear full. she said she would make a report on it and the head RN from that floor would be calling me by next week.
I'm not going to give in something is going to be done about the way i was treated there is no sence in anyone being treated so badly!
I'm thoughts are this one RN said they found it in 2002 and the other one in the OR waiting room (the nice one) called and said it was found July of this year but still someone should had said something about it and treated me for it if this was the case.
it makes me so angery!!!
You know as hard as Jobs are to come by these days and since we are what keeps the hosp going (sick people) then it looks like the RN would be nicer in fear of losing her job and if i have anything to say about it she will!!
I hate to see how many others has been treated so rudely by her and I hope to stop anyone else being treated that way!!
thanks for the information if any of you know anything else please let me know I want all the information i can get.
I have did some research too but it just doesnt seem like the answers i'm looking for they has to be more to it then just that. or that RN made it seem that way to me one.
sending you all hugs and prayers
09-18-2004, 02:06 PM
:grouphug::grouphug::grouphug::grouphug: what a rude nurse. I am so sorry you had that experience and I so hope and pray you are ok.
09-19-2004, 03:50 PM
Did they tell you whether it was Methicillin Resistant staph? This is one of the superbugs that has developed over the years and resistant to quite a few antibiotics. It typically occurs in people who are immunocompromised and have taken alot of antibiotics. Good news is, in someone young and healthy the right antibiotics are awesome MRSA can live anywhere--nose, bladder, lungs. Of course this is not a diagnosis, just a thought. BTW that nurse needs to go. People like that ruin care for people and should not be in the job.
09-19-2004, 04:16 PM
I have been septic (blood infection) with staph. It isn't that big of a deal. (unless its antibiotic resistant) My doctor treated me at home with antibiotics. I wasn't wheeled around the hospital in biohazard gear. Maybe that hospital has a higher than normal infection rate and was taking extra precautions because they were trying to keep from spreading infections. You can't spread staph unless you spread the body fluids or have an open wound. That RN sounds like she had some false information. I would call my urologist and tell him what happened and have him look into it. Maybe there's an error in your chart.
Rhonda, Staph can be mild to severe. My sister developed a staph infection while in the hospital delivering her baby!
I developed a staph infection on my hysterectomy scar about 8 months ago. I was treated by oral antibiotics. The funny thing is, several officer's here had staph infections!
09-20-2004, 09:53 AM
Hi Rhonda, I had a staph infection this past June (diagnosed through a broth culture) and was on antibiotics for a month. It DID clear up. Take care.
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