Surgical Equipment Results in 1 Death
Infectious diseases are known to pass from unsterile surgical equipment. Recently in New Hampshire as many as 13 patients were exposed to a rare and sometimes fatal brain disease. The rare and fatal disease is called Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease.
This rare disease is similar to mad cow disease but is not causes by eating any beef. It is the cause of unsterile equipment being used during surgery. The equipment in New Hampshire was rented. Some other cases in the past have been caused by a mutation passed down from families. There has only been 4 other cases ever reported from surgical equipment. Those 4 cases were not in the United States before. The New Hampshire patients were found to have been infected when spinal fluid was tested on a patient suspected of this rare disease.
Symptoms of Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease
- Memory Loss.
- Behavioral Changes.
- Lack of coordination.
- Possible death.
- Symptoms can take years to develop and one may not know for decades.
There is no known treatment for this rare brain disease. Once the symptoms appear the average lifespan is about 4 months.
It’s not the first time hospitals / medical centers have had this type of infection caused by medical equipment. Superbugs, MRSA and other infectious diseases have been passed on to patients while undergoing treatment for other medical conditions. It can happen when medical equipment is not washed at high temperature and those resulting in not being sterile. Infections can also pass on to patients from a healthcare worker’s clothing or other “things” in a patients room that have not been fully sterilized. That is why we highly recommend Vestex protective medical clothing for healthcare workers. Vestex has just completed $8.25 million financing to launch more of this protective healthcare clothing line. We will soon be carrying more of this line in the very near future.
Have you ever been or seen anyone you know become infected from a hospital or healthcare facility?
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