Limerick Post Show | Careers & Health Sciences Event for TY Students Linkedin TAGShealthLimerick City and CountyNewsuniversity hospital limerick RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook 64 patients waiting for beds in UHL WhatsApp University Hospital LimerickNONE of the patients who contracted the superbug CPE in University Hospital Limerick died as a direct result of the infection, a new report has concluded.However the review into the deaths of patients infected with CPE has determined that it could have been a factor in eight of the deaths.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The report follows an independent investigation by UK consultant microbiologist, Dr Robert Spencer into the deaths of 74 patients in whom CPE had been detected. It overruled the findings of a previous internal hospital investigation which found that CPE could have been the cause of three deaths at the hospital.At a press conference in UHL this week, Professor Paul Burke said that all of the patients in whom CPE had been detected ”had many other clinical conditions.” such as cancer or coronary disease making CPE just one of the contributing factors in their deaths.“In our internal review, the question we asked was whether death could be said to have been attributable to CPE and the answer in three cases was yes. We commissioned an independent report to get a more objective perspective. It was Dr Spencer’s finding that CPE was not the main cause of death and we believe this is reasonable conclusion”.In June 2016, a UHL whistleblower wrote to Health Minister Simon Harris calling for an investigation of the management of antibiotic-resistant drugs at the hospital. In July 2017, the Limerick City Coroner wrote to management to say that a whistleblower had asked him to investigate 36 deaths at the hospital between 2009 and 2017.Seven of the eight cases in which the subsequent investigation determined that CPE was a factor in the patient’s deaths were on the list sent to the coroner by the whistleblower.UL Hospitals Group chief executive Professor Colette Cowan said that all but one of the families of the eight people had been contacted and given copies of the report. One family had not responded to calls or registered letters, she said.“We have to remember that behind each of these figures is a grieving family and we must be sensitive to that”.A person can be colonised with CPE without any harmful results unless it becomes a blood-borne infection.Prof Cowan said that the hospital saw an outbreak of CPE in 2011 and since then, they have invested heavily in control measures, staff training, equipment and infrastructure.€4.5 million was spent in 2015 alone on measures to control the spread of the superbug and there has been no bloodstream infection with CPE detected at the hospital since June 2105.Prof Cowan said the hospital now performs up to 1,000 screening checks a month.The report states that over the period of the review (February 2009 to May 2017) there were 196 new CPE detections out of 41,000 screenings.Professor Martin Cormican, the National Lead for Healthcare Associated Infections, said it was important for people who tested positive for the superbug to understand that they were not a danger to anyone outside a hospital setting. Previous articleAdare Manor collaborate with Midleton Very Rare for exclusive whiskeyNext articleBeyond the neon runes Bernie Englishhttp://www.limerickpost.ieBernie English has been working as a journalist in national and local media for more than thirty years. She worked as a staff journalist with the Irish Press and Evening Press before moving to Clare. She has worked as a freelance for all of the national newspaper titles and a staff journalist in Limerick, helping to launch the Limerick edition of The Evening Echo. Bernie was involved in the launch of The Clare People where she was responsible for business and industry news. NewsHealthSuperbug implicated in eight hospital deathsBy Bernie English – October 11, 2018 4050 Twitter Print Management at most overcrowded and most COVID-hit hospital apologise to patients ‘waiting over 100 hours’ for a bed 53 patients waiting for beds at UHL Email Numbers of Limerick hospital group staff sidelined by COVID-19 reduces by 162 in past 7 days Updated statement on service disruptions UL Hospitals Group Advertisement
FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail IS IT TRUE yesterday Republican Vernon Stevens announced that he will run for the District 2 Vanderburgh County Commission seat? … Mr. Stevens said “he will focus on making things more affordable for county residents”? …Vernon Stevens public service in Evansville and Vanderburgh County spans nearly 30 years with involvement in several community clubs, festivals, and the Chamber? …the other announced candidate for the District 2 County Commission seat is well known businessman Steve Hammer?IS IT TRUE the City County Observer is somewhat distressed over the number of shootings and beatings that are happening in Evansville that are being reported?…nary a day goes by that some poor soul gets shot in either the South Side or downtown Jacobsville? …our local first responders are doing one heck of a job in chasing down the bad people that are responsible for these criminal acts?IS IT TRUE that the latest dream of professional sport in Evansville is that maybe, just maybe a professional soccer team would draw enough fans to make an impact?…last year around 60 soccer enthusiasts gathered to watch a big game at RiRa’s and someone hatched the idea of an Evansville based pro soccer franchise?…if the group grows to around 600 enthusiasts it may be the start of something good?IS IT TRUE soccer is an international sport and the Evansville area has enjoyed some very good high school teams and even several state championships?… it would cost very little to start a semi pro soccer team, but we had better knock those “we gotta build a new soccer stadium” smiles off the faces of the elected officials before they jam another wasteful taxpayer financed dream team down the people’s throat? …it just might be time for area soccer enthusiasts to start discussing this idea in earnest?IS IT TRUE that an indoor and a outdoor football has failed twice due to excessive expenses?…the indoor Evansville Bluecats were a respectable team that failed due to financial problems?…the outdoor football Evansville Vipers were championship contenders but couldn’t draw a paying crowd?IS IT TRUE that there have been plenty of different semi pro and even pro sports franchises in Evansville?…the most recent examples of attempt at being a sports centric metro took a back seat when the Evansville Icemen contract was not renewed? …then followed the Evansville Thunderbolts that is seemly is slipping on the ice at the $127 million downtown hockey rink?IS IT TRUE the Evansville Otters Otters continue to provide very good sports entertainment but are dependent on the generosity of the sponsors to sustain themselves?Todays “READERS POLL” question is: Do you feel that a semi pro soccer team could be successful in this area?Please take time and read our feature articles entitled “CHANNEL 44 NEWS, STATEHOUSEFILES, LAW ENFORCEMENT, READERS POLL, BIRTHDAYS, HOT JOBS” and “LOCAL SPORTS” posted in our sections. You now are able to subscribe to get the CCO daily.If you would like to advertise in the CCO please contact us City-County [email protected]’S FOOTNOTE: Any comments posted by our reader’s in this column do not represent the views or opinions of the City County Observer or our advertisers. We hope that todays “IS IT TRUE” will provoke “honest and open dialogue concerning issues that we, as responsible citizens of this community, need to address in a rational and responsible way”? IS IT TRUE that the Evansville city employees hospitalization fund has being insufficiently funded over several years? …the city’s hospitalization fund, from which city employee medical claims are paid, could have a negative balance of several millions of dollars at the end of this year? …we can’t wait to read the “question costs” comments concerning this issue in the soon to be published Indiana State Board Of Accounts Audit review?IS IT TRUE that the City of Evansville has allowed the EPA to pussyfoot around with the lead contamination issue in the Jacobsville area for 18 years? …the real tragedy is that lead poisoning can be treated, but any damage caused by contaminated lead cannot be reversed?IS IT TRUE the Evansville/Vanderburgh County Convention and Visitors Bureau funds from the Innkeepers Tax which is paid by people when they stay at our local hotels? …this fund generates many millions of dollars a year? …these funds are easy pickings for the fun and games crowd because the people of Evansville don’t even think about what could be done with this money? …we are told that Convention and Visitors Bureau board didn’t donate any money towards the funding of Trolley of Evansville Districts campaign? …that Convention and Visitors Bureau board did not allow members of the Franklin Street Events Association or GAGE to present there funding request to their board?…Its time that members of our local media start paying closer attention to the financial activities of the Convention and Visitors Bureau board?