Burnaby Hospital risking the lives of people with Primary Immune Deficiency
To whom it may concern;
I’m one of many people that come into Burnaby Hospital for IVIG treatment; and we complained because they were treating people with highly contagious Staph Infection (Staphylococcus Aureus) and other communicable diseases; right in the next chair to us .With poor cleaning practice’s going on due to contracting out of cleaning: We wrote letters to Fraser Health and one lady had a news story on TV.
They separated us for awhile; but now they have reneged on their promise! We are immune compromised! We are being exposed to this disease and other infectious disease’s; yes we know that you can get it anywhere but the odds sure go up if you’re coming into the hospital twice a month, and they are sitting in the same chairs as you. And to tell you the truth the washrooms in the greyhound station are cleaner then the washrooms at the hospital.
The nursing staff at Burnaby Hospital is wonderful and they try to give their patients, the very best care they are entitled too. But the staff is fighting an up hill battle, against the “disease’s that plague this hospital” because the very people that should be supporting them: are instead sabotaging them, and refusing advice from them. They have their own families to worry about due to this. We are being moved out of our usual ward its being renovated to create an overflow ward for the “Emergency Ward which happens to be on the third floor” we are on the first floor. Does this make sense? “It does if you want to be able to use the excuse” that you no longer have the room: to treat patients with communicable diseases separately from people with Primary Immune Deficiency’s.
The nurses are told not to talk to their patients about this; both parties will deny this: but the patients are not deaf some of us do listen to what’s happening around us. So they are afraid to warn their patients about the health risks. This is just my opinion: but as far as I can see this is negligence or at the very least utter contempt, for the health and safety of not only the patients but the nursing staff and their family’s.
Burnaby Hospital has a very poor record when it comes to out breaks of C .Difficile infections. 84 deaths in two years which the head of Fraser Health has tried to minimize, I was personally assured that the people that have these infections would be treated separately in a letter from Dr Nigel Murray dated May 14, 2014 in response to a letter I had written to Fraser Health April 14, 2012 “ I can advise you that patients with MRSA are placed in isolation in private room if one is available if not we cahart patients that have the same organism in a semi private room” these are his words and his English a copy of the letter is enclosed.
Sept 19 2012 went in for my treatment the wards had been switched around the usual one I was in was completely empty. The new one where the TV is the size of a postal stamp four chairs very crowded. I started out being there by myself then an Asian couple came in and sat down. Then an elderly lady came in and she was put in the corner chair. The nurse put the pink warning sheet on the wall and proceeded to put a divider screen up. The lady started to protest about being treated in this fashion. The nurse was busy so started to going about her business at which point I asked if she had a Staphylococcus infection she said no she had a spinal infection then she asked why I was asking to which I replied that I have an immune deficiency and the infection could pose a danger to my Health and to the others in the room. She seemed to be in a confused state and started asking if I was threatening her the nurse stated that I was not I was just asking a question.
But exactly what was her spinal infection and why was it so infectious was it spinal meningitis? And if so what on earth possessed them to put this lady into a small room with us?
I told the Kay she is the head of the nurses on that floor that this was not in the best interests of the patients with Immune problems in the ward I also stated they had reneged
on their word that people with infectious diseases would be treated in a separate room. I was transferred into the other ward. At some point in the conversation she said it might be better if I talked to her boss a woman by the name De-Dee I said “I was not interested” “I stated I would be writing a letter”. Dee-Dee showed up a little later and asked if there was something she could do for me she said that I probably would not want to talk to her at which point I told her “she was correct” and she left. “I do not waste my time talking to people that have already broken their agreements “.
There is nothing wrong with Burnaby Hospital; or the front line workers the nurses. The problems lay with the bureaucrats that run the hospital; I fear sooner or later there will be a far worse out break at this hospital which could lead to ramifications for everyone concerned. This could be avoided easily by treating people with infectious diseases in a separate room where they can be treated with care, compassion and safety.
This appeared in a Vancouver Island news paper VICTORIA — “Eight senior physicians” are ringing serious alarm bells about the risk of patients contracting C. difficile at Burnaby General Hospital, saying 84 people have died there with the infection within a period of two and a half years.
“We would characterize current CDAD [C. difficile] infection control management at Burnaby Hospital, at best, as a serious hazard to the patient population,” said a Jan. 9 letter sent to the head of Fraser Health by members of the hospital’s infection control committee.
“Such is the degree of the CDAD problem and the ineffectual response to it, that we believe it could objectively be considered medical negligence.”
The nurse that used to look after the care of the patients that have these infectious diseases has been reassigned to other duties. The IVIG team that looked after the patients with Primary Immune Deficiency’s has been disbanded and regular nurses now handle our Infusions. So the same nurses that handle people with infectious diseases will be working on us this is nothing more then a recipe for disaster! Now I do realize that all patients, no matter what their illness expect and deserve the very best of care: but putting one group at risk to treat another is unacceptable especially if it’s preventable. But unfortunately Fraser Health seems to be unable to fix this problem. And the people that run the hospital appear not to be concerned with the health of the PID patients. Most of us have stress issues; and we do not need the extra strain put on us with worrying about catching another illness.
In closing I find it absolutely reprehensible, that I as a patient should be forced to go to these lengths to protect not only my safety, but the safety of my fellow patients. Everyone that works at or for Hospitals across this nation should remember one thing these are not private institutions everyone including the patients are share holders and we deserve the best care of well trained staff as well as caring, safety conscious people working in the operation of the hospital
Yours, Derrick Fernie