Local Staph Infection Investigation Report

It's an unfortunate incident for the Pain Institute of North Florida. The Leon County Health Department's recent investigation claims that a few improper procedures led to some very serious complications. The conclusion from more than a month long investigation stated that 10 patients at the Pain Institute of North Florida required surgery from an outbreak of staph. Another 28 sought care at an emergency room or with their doctor.

Homer Rice, with the Leon County Health Department said, "In this particular case, we had over 90 people potentially exposed during that month of march. That meant that we had to do a lot of calling."

The Health Department had to set up an incident command to deal with what they called a very serious threat. In their report it says the outbreak appears to be related to poor infection control and medication handling procedures. It also says single dose vials were used more than once, which contributed to staph growth.

The Health Department said Staphylococcus is everywhere and can be easily contracted when it is not sterylized. We spoke with Jennifer Womble and she says her sons received staph doing normal activities. "Simply falling in the driveway or swimming in the pool or being in any public place that has lots of germs and lots of access. Anybody can contract any form of staph if it's available." said Womble. She was once told that her sons could have died from staph.

For the Pain Clinic, it was not a case of MRSA and no one died, but the Health Department says it shows how vital it is maintain perfect hygiene.

A statement from the Pain Institute of North Florida says its facility's 20 year record without a single adverse incident points to another cause for the contamination. It also mentioned the well-being of their patients is first and foremost in their practice.


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  • by wande Location: TALLAHASSEE on May 2, 2008 at 02:51 PM
    WELL I KNOW THAT MY MOTHER HAD TO GET THIS FROM THE OFFICE! AND NO ONE EVER CONTACTED HER FROM THE OFFICE SO HOW DO HE HAVE CONCERN ABOUT HIS PATIENTS! THAT WHY SHE HAD TO HAVE EMERGENCY SURGURY AND HAD TO BE IN ICU AND SHE COULD HAVE DIED!!!!! AND I REALLY AND TRUELY DON'T WISH FOR NO FAMILY HAD TO GO THROUGH WHAT I WENT THROUGH WITH MY MOTHER WE ONLY GET ONE MOTHER IN OUR LIFE TIME!!!!!!!
  • by Liberte Location: a Diff.pain Dr but not any good either on May 1, 2008 at 07:36 AM
    I am sorry to hear of your surgery.I thought the same thing as you, they were "poor Pain Institute"? What about the Poor patient?
  • by PainInstitute Location: Patient on May 1, 2008 at 06:44 AM
    Blaine- Your lead in comment was that this was an unfortunate incident for The Pain Institute of North FL. What about the patients??? Which is it more unfortunate for. I went for a simple procedure, and walked away with an infection that was caused by this clinic's POOR Practices. I got an infection that required surgery to remove. For the surgeon to remove the abscesses of staff, she had to remove portions of two of my vertebrae. What's more is the "poor" pain institute notified the Health Dept that they were dealing with an outbreak of staph. on 3/24, but did not notify me at all, until after I was contacted by the Health Department on 3/27, even though I was in contact with the pain institute no less than every other day. SUCH AN UNFOURTUNEATE INCIDENT FOR THE PAIN INSTITUTE.
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