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Hospital discharge
Started by Janet
Posted: August 15, 2004 at 22:46
I dont have MRSA but I am going in to hospital in a fortnight for a gallbladder op. I have a very low immune system and I am terrified of what might happen. I want to leave the day after the operation although I've been told I will have to stay in 2 - 3 days. Does anyone know what happens if I discharge myself then become ill or infected??
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Re: Hospital discharge
Reply #1 by Maggie
Posted: August 16, 2004 at 11:59
Dear Janet,

However strongly you feel about MRSA, I don't think you should contemplate discharging yourself from hospital following gallbladder surgery. Why don't you insist on speaking to your Consultant (or ward matron) about your concerns & request a single room, perhaps? You never know - they may agree to letting you have a single room, which should cut down the risk of MRSA.

The reason I wouldn't advise discharging yourself, is because I too had gallbladder surgery earlier this year. I too was told I would be in for approx. 3 days. But my gallbladder had rotted & had stuck down to my liver, and I was in surgery for many hours. (This complication occurred because I had been ill for a couple of years, before GB disease was diagnosed). A few days after the surgery, I still felt extremely ill, and one of my lungs collapsed. If I had NOT been still in hospital I don't know what would have happened. As it was, I was immediately given oxygen, and within a very, very short time, I had been whisked off to HDU. An X-Ray machine was brought in, and I was xrayed while layed in bed, etc. Everything happened very quickly - if I had of been at home that wouldn't have happened.
I have got MRSA - but I am absoloutely certain I caught this in the local hospital last December, and NOT in the hospital where I had my GB removed.
Good luck with your operation - hopefully yours will be problem free - as I mentioned, mine turned complicated because of how ill I'd been for so long, & had suffered recurruring Pancreatitis too, etc.
If you are in a lot of pain after the surgery, they will, I'm sure, make certain you are provided with strong painkilling medication. So please try not to worry.
Good luck again.
Regards, Maggie
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Reply #2 by Ruth Wollacott
Posted: May 3, 2006 at 07:53
Where is the "Last Reply May 3, 2006 at 04:54"???

This thread says there are two replies - where is today's reply??

Is this another thread which has been stopped or postings removed by the moderators? If so, why?

How long before this reply is deleted?
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Posted: May 3, 2006 at 08:33
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Reply #4 by ANN
Posted: May 4, 2006 at 13:50
HI JANET,I GOT MY GALLBLADDER REMOVED OVER A YEAR AGO AND I WAS HOME IN TWO DAYS,THE GOOD THING IS MOST OF YOUR FIRST DAY IS TAKEN UP BY DOCTORS AND ANETHSITISTS TALKING TO YOU IT FLIES IN,MINES WAS KEYHOLE AND I WAS FINE AFTER IT,TRUST ME THEY DONT WANT TO KEEP YOU IN ANY LONGER THAN NEED BE,BUT YOU WILL HAVE AN I.V.AND A TUBE COMING FROM YOUR TUMMY TO DRAIN ANY DIRTY BLOOD AND FLUIDS IF YOUR LIKE ME AND A QUICK HEALER YOU WILL GET HOME BUT TOLD TO REST.GOOD LUCK JANET,ANN EDINBURGH.
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Reply #6 by Tim Cheatle
Posted: June 30, 2006 at 11:46
Make your sure your fears are known to them.See if you can avoid being put in a ward-ask for a single room.With a low immune system you have every right to expect your medical needs to be acknowledged.
God bless and i'm sure the op will go well.
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Reply #7 by emma
Posted: June 30, 2006 at 13:20
hi janet, on wards in which surgical patients are placed it is hospital policy (within my trust anyway) that any patients with MRSA are placed in a side room and patients who have no history of MRSA ( or are not known to have it) are placed on the ward. therefore if i was you i would rather be on the ward as the siderooms are probably crawling with MRSA due to the many patients who have been MRSA positive being in the siderooms and you never know how well they have have been cleaned. this is just my personal opinion, but good luck with your op and whatever you decide. also i would not advise you to self discharge as you will need a lot of care for a couple of days after your op, good luck x
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Reply #8 by Ruth Wollacott
Posted: June 30, 2006 at 15:25
My personal experience is that being nursed in an isolation room offers no protection against cross-infection. My son was extremely ill with MRSA and put into a separate room but as it was very commonplace for staff to walk in and out onto the general ward with no infection control measures, it is hard to see how isolating him from the rest of patients could have been effective.
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Reply #9 by Therese
Posted: July 5, 2006 at 13:05
Hi, just wanted to say that i was in hospital 3 weeks ago for the same operation... they do keyhole surgery.. so low risk of infection.. also you can go home the next day.. subject to how much pain your in.. so dont worry to much about it!!... just make sure you wear something on your feet (slippers) when walking around the ward.. and make sure everyone that comes to see you uses the hand gel...
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Reply #10 by skookum
Posted: April 3, 2007 at 01:02
I had drive through gallbladder surgery in the USA about 6 years ago. I lived.

11 months ago I had a thyroidectomy/lymph node removal. It was suggested that I leave 1 hour after recovery. I spent the night in a private room. I now have MRSA, but they are calling it 'community acquired'. It is on legs, not surgical wound!
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