Staph Charges

Checking the mail at my home can be a very stressful act. Sometimes there is something good there, but more than that, mail is full of stress. Today's mail check created some emotions that scared me. Some poor woman that is employed at Inpatient Consultants of Missouri received the brunt of my frustration, anger and pain. My question to her:

Why are we getting the staph charges?

SEM micrograph of S. aureus colonies; note the grape-like clustering common to Staphylococcus species
SEM micrograph of S. aureus colonies; note the grape-like clustering common to Staphylococcus species | Source

Staphylococcus Aureus

Staphylococcus is a genus of Gram-positive bacteria which includes several species that can cause a wide variety of infections in humans and other animals through either toxin production or invasion.( From Wikipedia)

There are many causes of staph infection. Hospitals battle this problem daily; Well most do anyway.

My opinion is that Barnes/Jewish St. Peters doesn't care when it comes to staph. I have been told by many people living in the St Louis or St Charles, Missouri areas that they would never take their loved ones to B.J.S.P. because of their high rate of staph infections. I wish I would have known that in November of 2010.

Pneumonia

In November of 2010, my wife of nearly 30 years was admitted with pneumonia. I have told the details in past hubs.

Barnes/Jewish St Peters in St. Peters, Missouri is where my wife was being treated. I noticed the unsanitary conditions and the staff,for the most part, had uncaring attitudes. If I would have listened to the inner voice inside of me, I would have got my love transferred to a different hospital.

On, I believe, November 21st, Jonda was diagnosed with staphylococcus Aureus. From there all I can say is Barnes/Jewish St. Peters and it's staff let my wife dwindle and die. I have written proof that she was in failure for 3 hours before anyone at that hospital even tried to help her.

I have battled some very strong feelings in my own personal life. As a sinner, but a follower of Jesus, I know forgiveness is a must. Not for their sake, but for mine. I must say that forgiveness for killing my wife is a very tough thing to master, but I have been getting there-UNTIL TODAY!

Below are pictures I took of the bill I received today; actually not in my name, but in my wife's name.

Did they forget they killed her?

It is my opinion that if a hospital screws up and gives a person a disease, they should not be able to charge for the care to treat that disease. Not the case here, these are charges to Jonda for treatment of staph infection.

How about the world "going green"? Why are they wasting paper sending a bill to a deceased person? If they cannot keep track of items such as this, how can we trust we are getting quality medical care from them?

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Suggestions

If you have a loved one in a medical care facility, check that facility out close. What do their past records show?

If you are in this area, please never take a loved one to Barnes/Jewish St. Peters Hospital.

I pray that they see their mistakes and change from them, but all signs show it's just getting worse.

The oath was broken:


Hippocratic Oath

I swear by Apollo, the healer, Asclepius, Hygieia, and Panacea, and I take to witness all the gods, all the goddesses, to keep according to my ability and my judgment, the following Oath and agreement:

To consider dear to me, as my parents, him who taught me this art; to live in common with him and, if necessary, to share my goods with him; To look upon his children as my own brothers, to teach them this art.

I will prescribe regimens for the good of my patients according to my ability and my judgment and never do harm to anyone.

I will not give a lethal drug to anyone if I am asked, nor will I advise such a plan; and similarly I will not give a woman a pessary to cause an abortion.

But I will preserve the purity of my life and my arts.

I will not cut for stone, even for patients in whom the disease is manifest; I will leave this operation to be performed by practitioners, specialists in this art.

In every house where I come I will enter only for the good of my patients, keeping myself far from all intentional ill-doing and all seduction and especially from the pleasures of love with women or with men, be they free or slaves.

All that may come to my knowledge in the exercise of my profession or in daily commerce with men, which ought not to be spread abroad, I will keep secret and will never reveal.

If I keep this oath faithfully, may I enjoy my life and practice my art, respected by all men and in all times; but if I swerve from it or violate it, may the reverse be my lot.

Jonda

It is of my opinion that my wife still reads the words I write and smiles down on me for them. If even one person's life is saved from a tragedy like her's, writing this hub is completely worth any flak I may receive from it.

I long for and await the day we are in each others arms again my love. May God's Will be done!

© G.L. Boudonck

© 2011 Greg Boudonck

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cat on a soapbox 5 years ago from Los Angeles

Froggy,

I am so sorry about the loss of your wife- especially under the circumstances. I ,too, lost my dad in 1985 from a hospital acquired staph infection. It was a top-notch hospital. Whenever anyone is admitted to a hospital there is always the risk of infection. MRSA runs rampant due to the improper and overuse of antibiotics and the resultant resistant strains of bacteria. During pre-op testing, nasal swabs for MRSA are often done to help keep infected people from being admitted. Hospitals have stringent rules re. hygiene. I really think most facilities do their best. As hard as it is to receive bills following the death of a loved one, we are still fiscally responsible as per our original patient contract. All of the best.


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Wendy S. Wilmoth 5 years ago from Kansas

I am sorry for your loss. MRSA is so devastating. My husband lost half his foot to it, and he is still not out of the woods. My sympathies.


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Froggy213 5 years ago from On A Mountain In Puerto Rico Author

Cat on a soapbox, no I don't agree that all hospitals are doing all they can. I also don't think it should be a patients responsibility to pay for something the hospital gave them.

I respectfully disagree with the majority of your comment.


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breakfastpop 5 years ago

Clearly hospitals are not doing all they can. Personnel have to be reminded to wash their hands. Outrageous. A young teacher in a local school died after childbirth because of a staph infection. I am so sorry for your loss.


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Granny's House 5 years ago from Older and Hopefully Wiser Time

Hospitals just like everyone else have cut back. This leads to less sanitary conditions. You think they would know this.

I had a friend that got a staph infection from a hospital that left her face scared.

Dirt bags!

Thank you for bringing this to the attention to others.


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Mimi721wis 5 years ago

The number one way to eliminate spreading germs is good hand washing.Staff and visitors in many cases should wear gowns and gloves. Curtains/Drapes should be changed in the rooms with each new patient. The health care workers load should be minimized rather than maximized. There's a lot more that I could mention. Bottom line hospitals and rest homes are focused on their bottom lines.

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