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
Canada’s market leader in industrial baking is tipped to be pushing further into the UK with the purchase of Walsall’s Harvestime (2005) bakery.Industry giant Maple Leaf Foods, which operates Canada Bread and owns the New York Bagel brand, is understood to have entered negotiations with administrators last week.It is now in the process of completing due diligence on the site, where it would be likely to produce bake-off lines and discontinue plant bread, industry sources told British Baker. Its lawyers are believed to be working round the clock to finalise a bid by a deadline of today.Maple Leaf is believed to be competing against a second potential buyer, former New Rathbones director Jonathan Price. He is believed to have been negotiating with administrators and the site’s landlord over terms of the lease for the past few weeks. Both buyers have been given until today (March 24) to complete on the deal.Maple Leaf Foods has already established three New York Bagel Company sites in the UK – in Rotherham, Southend and Cumbria – which employ 260 people. It closed its Peterborough site last year.Maple Leaf Food’s Canada Bread subsiduary is a leading manufacturer and marketer of value-added flour-based products and its range includes fresh bread, rolls, bagels and sweet goods, frozen par-baked breads and bagels, and specialty pasta and sauces. Canada Bread employs more than 7,000 people in the United States, Canada and the UK.