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Hospital Action Plan To Tackle Post-Surgery Infections

Tuesday April 9 2013

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DOCTORS at Barnsley Hospital have implemented a 'plan of action' to tackle infections in the orthopaedic department which occur after surgery.

The infections, known as Surgical Site Infections (SSIs), occur when a cut made by a surgeon becomes infected, usually by micro-organisms which multiply in the tissues.

The latest figures show across hip and knee replacements and repairs to the neck of the femur, there were a total of 12 infections following 818 operations.

From October 2011 to September 2012, there were more SSIs following hip and knee replacements than the national average, but fewer in repairs of the neck of the femur.

The infections often occur within 30 days of surgery and may cause redness, delayed healing, fever, pain or swelling.

Most can be treated with antibiotic medications - but sometimes additional surgery is required.

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Reply Posted by Frank Anguige on Tuesday April 9 2013 at 15:38
I had surgery on my right ankle about 6 years ago by Dr Khan and i had no problems whatsoever, no infections, nothing. I have been able to walk with no pain ever since.

Reply Posted by DMH on Tuesday April 9 2013 at 17:36
Orthopaedics is not the only surgical department in Barnsley Hospital with high post-op infections. I developed two life-threatening infections after major surgery and then ended up having to have two further operations to remove the infection and destroyed tissues. I was then left with an open wound in my abdomen TWICE, which couldn't be sutured, and you can only imagine the smell from the remaining infection... After almost a year, the infection was finally gone, but the excessive scars remain... It didn't help that the doctors didn't prescribe IV antibiotics after major surgery; it was apparently an oversight; which almost cost me my life!
On a good note, Pinderfields Hospital is great and I have never had an infection from the 3 further surgeries I've needed. I will always travel that extra distance for a good hospital, regardless of how critical I may be!