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If a patient with Lou Gherig's disease who has a feeding tube surgically implanted and acquires staph infection during the procedure, is it then considered the hospital's liability? Shouldn't the hospital surgical room, equipment, surgeons, and all staff involved be sterilized for any procedure, but especially for a patient who is already compromised? Additionally, once the staph infection is diagnosed, shouldn't the patient be quarantined and all visitors be notified of such to prevent the further spreading of the infection? Should this patient be permitted to wander the halls of the hospital?


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replied May 28th, 2008
ALS, Lou Gehrig Disease Answer A4200
For any surgical intervention the operating room and equipment should be sterilized and involved medical personal should follow aseptic and anti-septic rules in order to prevent infections. To prove that Staphylococcus infection originated from the medical equipment or personnel the Staphylococcus bacteria should be isolated in the samples taken from the working surfaces and air in the hospital (operating rooms, intensive care, etc.), medical instruments, and medical personnel’s throat and nose.


You should also know that Staphylococcus bacteria also live on the patient’s skin so the infection can be endogenous, too.


The patient should be put in quarantine only if the infection was caused by Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).



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