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Hospital patient dies after contracting rare HCAI


A Staffordshire hospital has confirmed that a kidney patient died after developing a rare strain of a hospital infection.

Medical staff at the University Hospital of North Staffordshire said eight patients, including one who died, were affected.

They contracted a resistant strain of ESBL (Extended Spectrum Beta-Lactamase) Klebsiella.

Different variations of the bug have affected 13 patients in total.

A spokesman for the hospital said: “A small cluster of cases of patients carrying a multi-resistant ESBL Klebsiella has recently been detected on an adult ward at University Hospital of North Staffordshire.

“Various different strains have been identified in the 13 cases currently at University Hospital. Eight have a new strain that has not been seen elsewhere.”

Of the 13 cases, only two developed symptoms of the infection which can include septicaemia or pneumonia, he added.

The spokesman said: “The remaining eleven have been diagnosed as carriers and special measures have been put in place on the ward to protect them and other patients.

“One of the patients who developed the infection had a number of other serious conditions and has subsequently died.”

Klebsiella belongs to the group of bacteria which normally colonise the gut, but they may occasionally cause urinary tract infection.

Patients have been isolated from other parts of the hospital as part of “infection control procedures”, he added.


Readers' comments (5)

  • This is exactly what I meant when I said, why spend money on a designer gown, rather spend the money on designer infection control! Washing your hands is important, but its not just about washing your hands, its much more!

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  • Afraid I dont think it is a question of money - NHS is awash with money, but it just never filters down to the shop floor.
    We are managed to the hilt, each tries to justify and jossle for position by hiding behind targets - targets that are centrally imposed, with rigid clinical application.
    Suspect poor staffing and or poor skill mix (loads of Non Registered with minimal Registered Nurses) is behind this latest tragedy.
    When will those with influence stop paying lip service to basic nursing skills and actually focus on the application of fundamental basic nursing care.
    Historically crioss infection was low, perhaps we should consider returning the properly funded, equiped and staffed 'isolation' hospitals and wards?

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  • we are reaping the effects of over-treatment with unnecessary antibiotics over too many years. micro-bugs will always re-invent themselves.

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    regarding the washing of hands everybody should do it that means patients as well. patients wander all over the hospitals when they are ambulant ,visits to coffee shop ,going for a smoke , Do they was their hands.

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  • it's not all about hand washing, i wish more people would pay attention to the world health organization clean your hands campaign, there is so much evidence that alcohol hand rub is much more effective and simpler and quicker to use.

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