Former B.C. nurse raises alarm over infection control

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Former B.C. nurse raises alarm over infection control

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A former nurse infected with a deadly superbug is accusing a B.C. hospital of failing to take proper measures to control the spread of infection. Jeannie Whitfield was horrified over what she calls lax infection control in hospital. (CBC) In my experience, proper isolation practices were non-existent," said retired nurse Jeannie Whitfield. Whitfield is a carrier of Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), the antibiotic-resistant bacteria that can cause serious illness or death if caught by elderly or ill patients. Whitfield was recently hospitalized in Nanaimo Regional General Hospital (NRGH) for another illness. She now worries that others may have caught MRSA from her, because of what she called the hospital's lack of hygiene.