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"From cyst to superbug - going into hospital shouldn't ever be considered trivial"

About: Sydney Adventist Hospital

(as the patient),

What I thought was simple day surgery turned into a nightmare when was infected with a 'super bug'. Top private hospital that always uses 'new' in surgery, yet ended up with two more visits into surgery, a PIC line pumping a baby bottle's worth of special antibiotics each day, and nearly three months off work leading to loss of employment. I knew I was in trouble when there were four nurses (two of them wound specialists) were standing behind me discussing bandaging options - 5 layers of different bandaging - and I heard the lead one say we're very worried about you. I don't think the hospital could have done anymore than it did, they took on board all treatment costs via their insurance and the daily nursing care was fantastic, but like all hospitals they prefer to keep quiet about having 'super bugs'. I have since learnt the mortality rate is up to 35% (ABS figures) and Australia has nearly 10, 000 reported cases a year - which would make this much higher and more deadly than the road toll - and its very expensive to treat with highly restricted AB drugs. So where's the Government action and priority? Why isn't the profile of the 'super bug' issue much higher? Do they need a mass mortality event to occur before this is seriously addressed?

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