Arkansas Hospital ICU shutdown b/o infectious outbreak....

  1. http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,307700,00.html
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  3. by   nurz2be

    Well the thing that is "ODD" is that the chairman of the hospital says "they don't know how the patient's, who are in different rooms, were exposed."

    UMMMM Universal Precautions 101.....
  4. by   catlynLPN
    Quote from nurz2be
    Well the thing that is "ODD" is that the chairman of the hospital says "they don't know how the patient's, who are in different rooms, were exposed."

    UMMMM Universal Precautions 101.....


    Can you show me where it said "different rooms"?
    I couldn't find that part.
  5. by   Conrad283
    Someone was absent from class when they leaerned about standard precautions.
  6. by   CHATSDALE
    many hospitals are testing pts for mrsa on admission so that they are not blamed if a positive test shows up later
    we had a problem once with heart surgery patients spiking a temp after they were sent to floor after d/c from icu
    they sent a few pts to a general surgery floor but the temps still spiked
    and then they stopped just as suddenly as they began
    this was not mrsa but very dangerous to a new surgery
  7. by   KatieRN04
    This has also happened at a hospital in Phoenix, 3 times on 3 different occasions. When multiple patients had the germ, acinetobacter, they shifted all the ICU patients around, so all these patients were isolated into one ICU unit.
  8. by   tshores
    Universal/standard precautions do not always protect you and your patients; they are precautions, not guarantees. How many patients do we care for using only universal precautions before we find they have a bad bug needing strict isolation? Lean on the siderails of a patient with this infection, this bug will go with you on your belly to the next set of siderails. In fact, it lives for days on equipment, clothing, whatever. And the mortality rate is pretty high for immunocompromised people. We shouldn't get too cocky or complacent using standard precautions or assume other nurses aren't using them because the standards aren't the be-all end-all you may want to believe they are.

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