Killer bug contracted by three patients at Southampton General Hospital

Daily Echo: The deadly Klebsiella pneumoniae producing carbapenemase (KPC) has been contracted by three patients at Southampton General Hospital The deadly Klebsiella pneumoniae producing carbapenemase (KPC) has been contracted by three patients at Southampton General Hospital

THREE patients at Southampton General Hospital have contracted a potentially deadly superbug which is resistant to anti-biotics.

The killer bug which has claimed the lives of more than a dozen people in the UK has been found in the patients during a routine screening, hospital bosses have confirmed this afternoon.

The bacterium, called Klebsiella pneumoniae producing carbapenemase (KPC) is carried harmlessly in the gut of all humans and animals but, if it enters a wound or spreads into the urinary tract or bloodstream, can cause serious infection.

The patients have been moved into isolation and the staff and patients who had come into contact with them are also being screened to see if they have also contracted it.

KPC is part of a group of bacteria - known as carbapenemase-producing Enterobacteriaceae - that has developed the ability to destroy strong antibiotics called carbapenems, which are often used by doctors as a last resort to treat complicated infections when other antibiotics would or have failed.

The bug had previously not been screened for due to its low prevalence. However, a recent report suggested KPC has been responsible for hundreds of infections and had claimed the lives of 17 people in the country.

Southampton General Hospital has now launched a fresh drive on hand washing and antibiotic prescribing as the bug is thought to spread as a result of poor hand hygiene and the over-prescribing of antibiotics.

Dr Graeme Jones, director of the infection prevention unit at University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Unfortunately this type of infection is on the rise, but we hope to have limited its transmission on this occasion by acting quickly to move patients and undertake a screening programme.

“However, what this discovery tells us is that this problem is not going to disappear and emphasises the need for us all - both clinically and via our patients and visitors - to focus attention on taking stringent infection prevention action to limit risk.

“The difficulty is that overtreatment with a more powerful antibiotic than is actually needed encourages the development and spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria and that is something we are seeing more and more of.”

Although KPC is treatable, it is more difficult and may require a combination of drugs or the use of older antibiotics to be effective.

In England, approximately two thirds of trusts have had between one and 20 patients identified with similar infections over the past five years, including two trusts in Manchester that have had more than 100 patients during the same period.

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6:32pm Tue 18 Mar 14

linda2003 says...

I am not surprised bugs at the sgh again Was there anyone at the general on Monday morning 17 th March at around 10.30 am. The toilets near to Burgerking even the disabled were disgusting every toilet was unusable. When I went to the security office to report this I was told this was already reported around two hours ago. Where were the cleaners.
I am not surprised bugs at the sgh again Was there anyone at the general on Monday morning 17 th March at around 10.30 am. The toilets near to Burgerking even the disabled were disgusting every toilet was unusable. When I went to the security office to report this I was told this was already reported around two hours ago. Where were the cleaners. linda2003
  • Score: 23

8:15pm Tue 18 Mar 14

owiseone says...

I think you will find ALL the cleaner sat outside the hospital smoking.
If they are not at the bus stops they are on the walls . One bus stop was removed and they still sit on the walls . Really disgusting while i wait to get the bus home at lunchtime .
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I think you will find ALL the cleaner sat outside the hospital smoking. If they are not at the bus stops they are on the walls . One bus stop was removed and they still sit on the walls . Really disgusting while i wait to get the bus home at lunchtime . . owiseone
  • Score: 10

8:51pm Tue 18 Mar 14

mesaint says...

although if people treated toilets with respect they would not get in the state they do ..as for smoking,a designated shelter should be in place.,is their a sign to say no smoking at the bus stop.
although if people treated toilets with respect they would not get in the state they do ..as for smoking,a designated shelter should be in place.,is their a sign to say no smoking at the bus stop. mesaint
  • Score: 8

9:55pm Tue 18 Mar 14

On the inside says...

That's right, it must all be the fault of the cleaners who earn sod all, not the middle class handwringers who clog up GP surgeries and refuse to stop until they get an antibiotic for everything thus causing the problem in the first place.
That's right, it must all be the fault of the cleaners who earn sod all, not the middle class handwringers who clog up GP surgeries and refuse to stop until they get an antibiotic for everything thus causing the problem in the first place. On the inside
  • Score: 7

10:48pm Tue 18 Mar 14

Positively4thStreet says...

linda2003 wrote:
I am not surprised bugs at the sgh again Was there anyone at the general on Monday morning 17 th March at around 10.30 am. The toilets near to Burgerking even the disabled were disgusting every toilet was unusable. When I went to the security office to report this I was told this was already reported around two hours ago. Where were the cleaners.
Remember visiting my wife who was a patient for a few weeks,and there was a set of smeary fingerprints on the doors of one of the lifts,which remained there for days.The lifts are the place where patients and visitors are brought into contact all day long,and should be subject to a regular and scrupulous hygiene regime,especially the lift press buttons.
You can't blame the cleaners though,only the system in which they have to do an extremely hard job,for extremely poor pay...but that's privatisation for you,top heavy management at the expense of more vital workers jobs.
[quote][p][bold]linda2003[/bold] wrote: I am not surprised bugs at the sgh again Was there anyone at the general on Monday morning 17 th March at around 10.30 am. The toilets near to Burgerking even the disabled were disgusting every toilet was unusable. When I went to the security office to report this I was told this was already reported around two hours ago. Where were the cleaners.[/p][/quote]Remember visiting my wife who was a patient for a few weeks,and there was a set of smeary fingerprints on the doors of one of the lifts,which remained there for days.The lifts are the place where patients and visitors are brought into contact all day long,and should be subject to a regular and scrupulous hygiene regime,especially the lift press buttons. You can't blame the cleaners though,only the system in which they have to do an extremely hard job,for extremely poor pay...but that's privatisation for you,top heavy management at the expense of more vital workers jobs. Positively4thStreet
  • Score: 18

6:20am Wed 19 Mar 14

mickey01 says...

with all these food halls and takeaways in the lobby and the ward staff mixing with visitors in those areas it must be a lot easier for these bugs to be taken up to the wards especially if everyone are using these dirty toilets
with all these food halls and takeaways in the lobby and the ward staff mixing with visitors in those areas it must be a lot easier for these bugs to be taken up to the wards especially if everyone are using these dirty toilets mickey01
  • Score: 3

7:10am Wed 19 Mar 14

Bonjovigirl says...

Yet again same old , people not washing their hands so it spreads more and cleaning is not like the old days when you walked into a hospital it smelt clean,Too many cleaners from abroad who do not have the high standards in their countries like we have and managers do not check their work !!!
Yet again same old , people not washing their hands so it spreads more and cleaning is not like the old days when you walked into a hospital it smelt clean,Too many cleaners from abroad who do not have the high standards in their countries like we have and managers do not check their work !!! Bonjovigirl
  • Score: 1

11:48am Wed 19 Mar 14

*BEHAPPY* says...

I had to take my son to a&e last week end. The waiting room was dirty, whislt there a child was sick all over the floor. It got left there for 5min until the receptionist put something across it and then someone else got a mop and just moved the germs from one part of the room to the next ! No smell of bleach ect !! I'm really not suprised these horrid bugs are around :-(
I had to take my son to a&e last week end. The waiting room was dirty, whislt there a child was sick all over the floor. It got left there for 5min until the receptionist put something across it and then someone else got a mop and just moved the germs from one part of the room to the next ! No smell of bleach ect !! I'm really not suprised these horrid bugs are around :-( *BEHAPPY*
  • Score: 2

9:00pm Wed 19 Mar 14

hantslass says...

Bonjovigirl wrote:
Yet again same old , people not washing their hands so it spreads more and cleaning is not like the old days when you walked into a hospital it smelt clean,Too many cleaners from abroad who do not have the high standards in their countries like we have and managers do not check their work !!!
I agree with you , my friend was sick on the floor as she was very ill when her husband asked for help from a foriegn male nurse he just grabbed some tissue from the wall threw it on top of the vomit and wiped it with his feet disgusting , but then that is what is happening now in this country
[quote][p][bold]Bonjovigirl[/bold] wrote: Yet again same old , people not washing their hands so it spreads more and cleaning is not like the old days when you walked into a hospital it smelt clean,Too many cleaners from abroad who do not have the high standards in their countries like we have and managers do not check their work !!![/p][/quote]I agree with you , my friend was sick on the floor as she was very ill when her husband asked for help from a foriegn male nurse he just grabbed some tissue from the wall threw it on top of the vomit and wiped it with his feet disgusting , but then that is what is happening now in this country hantslass
  • Score: 3

9:43pm Wed 19 Mar 14

Naya says...

linda2003 wrote:
I am not surprised bugs at the sgh again Was there anyone at the general on Monday morning 17 th March at around 10.30 am. The toilets near to Burgerking even the disabled were disgusting every toilet was unusable. When I went to the security office to report this I was told this was already reported around two hours ago. Where were the cleaners.
Nothing changed there then!! the cleaners were most probably on strike, having a fag break or skiving in the cleaning cupboard they all do it,
They should sack the whole lot of them and get rid of the scummy supervisors and managers.
[quote][p][bold]linda2003[/bold] wrote: I am not surprised bugs at the sgh again Was there anyone at the general on Monday morning 17 th March at around 10.30 am. The toilets near to Burgerking even the disabled were disgusting every toilet was unusable. When I went to the security office to report this I was told this was already reported around two hours ago. Where were the cleaners.[/p][/quote]Nothing changed there then!! the cleaners were most probably on strike, having a fag break or skiving in the cleaning cupboard they all do it, They should sack the whole lot of them and get rid of the scummy supervisors and managers. Naya
  • Score: 4

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