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Infected and undocumented : Thousands of Canadians dying from hospital-acquired bugs

Postmedia News, Tom Blackwell

Kim Smith was no stranger to stress – her job in community corrections often brought her face to face with members of Winnipeg’s violent street gangs. But as she lay in a local hospital’s gynecology ward more than a year ago, nurses called her brother with an unusual question: Did Kim suffer from any kind of emotional troubles? The woman, her caregivers said, had been telling them she wanted to kill herself. It was a shocking turn of events, coming a week after Smith entered Winnipeg’s St. Boniface Hospital for a hysterectomy and ovary removal procedure. In the days since the operation, however, she had been complaining of escalating pain in her gut, so intense that she began to fear for her life – and then apparently wanted to end it. By the time medical staff took the woman’s complaints seriously, an infection inside her belly had developed into necrotizing fasciitis (flesh-eating disease) and devoured large chunks of her abdomen. Wikthing hours of emergency surgery to drain “brown, foul-smelling liquid” and excise dead tissue, and four days after her 45th birthday, Smith was dead. Read the rest here:

http://news.nationalpost.com/2015/01/19/infected-and-undocumented-thousands-of-canadians-dying-from-hospital-acquired-bugs/ 

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