Unpleasant experience: Jade Gibson, 11, of Floraville, became ill and achy and fainted after a tooth extraction and was soon diagnosed with golden staph. Picture: Marina Neil.GETTING two baby teeth removed in November ended up being more than just a pain in the jaw for 11 year old Jade Gibson.
The Floraville resident was recently diagnosed with a staphylococcus aureus infection –otherwise known as golden staph.
While it was impossible to identifyexactly when andhow it happened, Jade’s family believe the infection got inthroughthe wounds from her toothextractions.
“It’s common to find staph in your nose or on your skin …I’ve done a bit of reading on it since,” Mrs Gibsonsaid.
“But it’s in there for good now.”
Jade had gone to bed with “a bit of a headache” after getting two teeth removed.
“I gave her some Panadol and she went to school the next day,” Mrs Gibson said.
“But I had a call from the school saying that Jade was really distressed about a sore shoulder.
“When I picked her up, I’d never seen her so upset. She was in a lot of pain, and she was complaining about a pain in her leg as well.”
Jade ended up in John Hunter Children’s Hospital, where she was diagnosed with golden staph.
An x-ray revealed the infection had “attached” to the growth plate in her shoulder.
“I had to have canulas in my arm, with my arm straight the whole time, and I had to stay in hospital for five nights and six days,” Jade said.
“I had one canula in for a long time and one night I cried because it hurt that much.”
Jade has since been on strong antibiotics and continues to be monitored.
While Jade’s case was likely to be more of a community-based infection, theAustralian Institute of Health and Welfare has just releasedits latest report into the incidenceof healthcare-associatedgolden staph in hospitals across the country.
The report showsrates ofstaphylococcus aureus infections in Australianpublic hospitals had decreased by 17 per cent from 2011-to-2012 to 1,440 cases in 2015-to-2016.
Hunter New England Health infectious diseases physicianDr John Ferguson saidthe Calvary Mater Hospitalhad shown the biggest improvement in the region, with rates of staphylococcus aureus bloodstream infections improving from 2.8 per 10,000 bed days, to 1.3. The John Hunter Hospital also had a rate of 1.3.
“Our major trouble has always been the Calvary Mater, but they’ve really gotten on top of it now this year,” Dr Fergusonsaid.
He said better hand hygiene across all Hunter siteshad contributed to the decline in staph rates, with a staff compliance of 87 per cent.
The Australian public hospital report showed handhygiene compliance in public hospitals increased from 71.8 per centto 83.6.