Soldiers bringing home Acinetobacter ...

Winchester, KY

#21 Oct 2, 2010
Housekeeping DOES do their jobs and they DO mop and change garbage and clean every bathroom daily. And patients ARE bathed daily unless they don't want to be. Visitors need to take heed and properly gown and glove when visiting patients in rooms with isolation gear on the doors. The community needs to take responsibility as well as the hospital staff. Hospital staff can only do so much to keep it under control.

Zoe, KY

#22 Oct 3, 2010
They closed the ICU Unit because of this. It was being spread through the life support systems. The vents where spreading it.

London, KY

#23 Oct 5, 2010
Believer wrote:
They closed the ICU Unit because of this. It was being spread through the life support systems. The vents where spreading it.
Were the vents spreading MRSA? I was told I had MRSA 3 days after being taken off the vent at Hazard ARH.


Since: Feb 10

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#24 Oct 10, 2010
lol wrote:
they are saying the mayor has this also and is in terrible shape.....i dont know if this is true or not just heard it
Im sure he did have it.....So sorry 2 hear about what happened 2 the mayor. The news said he passed away "due 2 an illness" they wouldnt say what. You think that the governments gonna try 2 cover all this up?....I heard that theyre a strong strand & weak strand of this goin around & If the strong gets out all the sick, elderly & young will be @ risk.
R u serius

Crossett, AR

#25 Oct 17, 2010
Is this really true.
Been there done that

East Bernstadt, KY

#26 Oct 20, 2010
hello wrote:
i guess a bunch of people will have to die before anything is done....thats a shame to
Many many people have died from it !Its is very very drug resistant !You cannot blame ARH !Antibiotics don't work. This a is a bacteria that is used in Gern Warfare in Irag !
Been there done that

East Bernstadt, KY

#27 Oct 20, 2010
RedFeatherFan wrote:
<quoted text>In other words if it is in the hospital that is nasty, and you are very sick, and you get this ON top of what you already have, it will help you to the other side. NICE. How about investing a little money in the housekeeping part of the hospital?
Its antibiotic resistant !Very Very antibiotic resistant. If you visit a patient with it . No matter what you do!Unless you wear a haz-mat suit you will walk out with it somewhere on your person.It is used in Irag for Germ warfare.Thats how it got brought to the states on the clothing and shoes of our soldiers.This has little to do with the housekeeping aspect of any hospital !
Been there done that

East Bernstadt, KY

#28 Oct 20, 2010
nurse wrote:
i work at the hospital and yes it is bad but most people do not any problem with it but if you are already sick with something else it can be deadly is contagious but we have the proper stuff hanging on doors and stuff is the hospital clean hell no but they are antibotics to treat this and if your immune system is good you shouldnt have problems but it is contagious and we take it very serious
Who are you trying to BS. Acinetobacter is EXTREMELY drug resistant. The stuff hanging on your doors does not cover every part of your person and anyone that carries a purse or anything into a room with it.Unless they leave it there . The bacteria leaves with them .It rarely affects the immune system of a healthy person but by no means do antibiotics Kill it !And it can be inactive in a healthy person and then just come to life ! I lost my mother at ARH 2 1/2 years ago to it.Ive done extensive research into this bacteria .Maybe you should talk to DR. Beck he can enlighten you a bit more.Not trying to give you a hard time but as a nurse you should know its extremely antibiotic resistant.
KY Nurse

London, KY

#29 Oct 20, 2010
It is very hard to treat but there a currently 2 antibiotics used for the treatment. And people taking things into the rooms like purses etc are a mode of transmission for the bug to spread. When you visit the hospital it is important to comply with the isolation precautions as advised. If not you too are spreading germs!
Been there done that

East Bernstadt, KY

#30 Oct 20, 2010
KY Nurse wrote:
It is very hard to treat but there a currently 2 antibiotics used for the treatment. And people taking things into the rooms like purses etc are a mode of transmission for the bug to spread. When you visit the hospital it is important to comply with the isolation precautions as advised. If not you too are spreading germs!
what two are the ?
KY Nurse

London, KY

#31 Oct 20, 2010
I will have to find out. I do not rember what the names were. I personally have never had to give either of them. But I was told there are 2 and that one of them treats it but will damage your kindeys in the process.
wonder why

Hindman, KY

#32 Oct 20, 2010
From what I'm understanding, the disease came from soldiers returning from Iraq. This is crazy and suicidal in my opinion! Why in the hell are the powers that are supposed to be watching this type of thing in the government not doing a better job" If me or another civillian gts sick from this and possibly dies, what then?? I will be upset just as I'm sure others will that our government isn't doing a better job keeping an eye out for us Americans. They shouldn't be so quick to jump into these foreign countries acting like Rambo and concerning themselves with other countries' citizens and not seeming to give a shit about their own American ciitzens here in the US. What the hell is all I have to say. I think the US needs to keep their nose and ass out of other people's business and worry about home for a while. I think it's all about the benjamins if u know what I mean. I seriously doubt if the people's welfare over there meant anything it was the oil out Africa is all I can say....
oh my

East Bernstadt, KY

#33 Oct 24, 2010
Is this all true?

Mount Vernon, KY

#34 Oct 25, 2010
My child was recently in hazard ARH ended up with MRSA and she was in physical therapy with a man with MRSA.
I took her to UK after that and the doctor here that specializes in infectious diseases questioned me to death as to why I went to Lexington when I found out my child had it and who told me to go there,( a PA friend of mine) and he wanted their name and what doctor office they worked at. I was totally interogated. I heard a man cut his finger and got mrsa there and died recently. I heard too about them clearing out ICU due to acinebacter too. I have heard of people in their 50s dieing recently from pnemonia there.Hazard citizens need to take a stand. WE have lost too many people recently makes you worry. Money sometimes means more than peoples lives and its playing russian roolette. I would like to hear from ARH here about what they are doing now to make it safe to go there. The news seems to be getting out and it cant hide much longer.

London, KY

#35 Oct 26, 2010
Shewwww...there is NOTHING to hide. And I am glad to cause around this place, if one has the toe itch, by the time it gets to a neighbors house that person has the "man-eating flesh disease" that everyone is talking about.
I love how people talk about everything and know absolutely NOTHING.
Been there

Greenbrier, AR

#36 Oct 27, 2010
concerned wrote:
i started this thread to bring awareness but i want to make one thing clear when i put soldiers bringing it back from iraq it is not there fault....this infection was on the 630 cbs evening news today...if you go to the hospital just take precaution because i read where they had to burn hospital in london england if it was not serious they why would they do that...just go to the hospital and check ask question and you will find out that this could get out of control
Never said it was there fault there victims too.As far as research i was doing research on this subject at the hospital and on my own 2 years ago.I lost my mother to it almost 2 years ago . I saw the woman that gave me life wither and die while nothing they were doing was working.So believe me if anyone wants this figured out it's me.There is no one to blame exept the monsters that invented this crap. And yes it was invented . It's used in Germ Warfare in the middle east !So no matter what war we win or country we occupy .They still have the upper hand !We got to bring our boys home Thank God. However they were sent home with something thats killing us.
Been there

Greenbrier, AR

#37 Oct 27, 2010
MRSA and This are two totally different things.MRSA is drug resitant true. However this is extremely drug resitant.
Been there

Greenbrier, AR

#38 Oct 27, 2010
@conserned.... this is way beyond out of control!And Thank you for starting this post.People need to be informed about this.This should have been done along long time ago .We dont need a national uproar however we dont need a national outbreak either.Tragic how I've tried to inform people about this and was never taken seriously,people just looked at me and kinda blew it off.Ive been trying to raise awerness for awhile. I'm just glad it being taken more seriously now maybe they can get more research funding and find a way to get rid of it.We can only pray !

London, KY

#39 Oct 28, 2010
Multidrug-resistant A. baumannii is a common problem in many hospitals in the US and Europe. First line treatment is with a carbapenem antibiotic such as imipenem, but carbapenem resistance is increasingly common. Other treatment options include polymyxins, tigecycline and aminoglycosides.[11]

The institution of strict infection-control measures, such as monitored hand washing, can lower hospital infection rates.[7]

MDRAB infections are difficult and costly to treat. A study at a public teaching hospital found that the mean total hospital cost of patients who acquired MDRAB was $98,575 higher than that of control patients who had identical burn severity of illness indices.

There are some specific treatments in developing stage in order to overcome the resistance of this bacterium, using a specific bacteriophage against this type of bacteria

Since: Oct 10

Greenbrier, AR

#40 Oct 28, 2010
Acinetobacter (ass in ée toe back ter) is a group of bacteria commonly found in soil and water. It can also be found on the skin of healthy people, especially healthcare personnel. While there are many types or “species” of Acinetobacter and all can cause human disease, Acinetobacter baumannii accounts for about 80% of reported infections.

Outbreaks of Acinetobacter infections typically occur in intensive care units and healthcare settings housing very ill patients. Acinetobacter infections rarely occur outside of healthcare settings.
What are the symptoms of Acinetobacter infection?

Acinetobacter causes a variety of diseases, ranging from pneumonia to serious blood or wound infections and the symptoms vary depending on the disease. Typical symptoms of pneumonia could include fever, chills, or cough. Acinetobacter may also “colonize” or live in a patient without causing infection or symptoms, especially in tracheostomy sites or open wounds.
How do people get Acinetobacter infection?

Acinetobacter poses very little risk to healthy people. However, people who have weakened immune systems, chronic lung disease, or diabetes may be more susceptible to infections with Acinetobacter.Hospitalized patients, especially very ill patients on a ventilator, those with a prolonged hospital stay, or those who have open wounds, are also at greater risk for Acinetobacter infection. Acinetobactercan be spread to susceptible persons by person-to-person contact, contact with contaminated surfaces, or exposure in the environment.
How is Acinetobacter infection treated?

Acinetobacter is often resistant to many commonly prescribed antibiotics. Decisions on treatment of infections with Acinetobacter should be made on a case-by-case basis by a healthcare provider. Acinetobacter infection typically occurs in very ill patients and can either cause or contribute to death in these patients.
What should I do to prevent the spread of Acinetobacter infection to others?

Acinetobacter can live on the skin and may survive in the environment for several days. Careful attention to infection control procedures such as hand hygiene and environmental cleaning can reduce the risk of transmission. For more information on infection control practices and hand hygiene, see Hand Hygiene in Healthcare Settings and Guideline for Isolation Precautions in Hospitals.

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