North Shore Times : January 22nd 2013
www.northshoretimes.co.nz 4 NORTH SHORE TIMES, JANUARY 22, 2013 NEWS WINa trip to NZ PGA in Queenstown Valued at $2,800* 28 February to 3 March at The Hills Golf Club *See online for prize details at: sundaystartimes.co.nz/subscribe Subscribe to the Sunday Star-Times today from just $1.95 per week and we'll send you a years subscription to The Cut magazine. Tee off your Sunday with Sunday Star-Times + The Cut complementary o er applies to new subscribers only. All new and existing subscribers are automatically entered in the Queenstown PGA Championship trip draw -- to be drawn on February 4, 2013. O er ends February 1, 2013. Not available in conjunction with any other o er. Total subscription price is $101.40 for 12 months. For full terms and conditions visit sundaystartimes.co.nz/subscribe. To subscribe visit sundaystartimes.co.nz/subscribe OR call 0800 SUNDAY (786 329) CareerGuide NZ2013 January 20, 2013 | Part 1 of 2 INSIDE: 16 pages of quality jobs from across NZ PROFILES OF: CEO of NZ Racing Board MD of Cadbury | CEO o What does it taketobea leader? Learn from ou leaders of N In this week's Sunday Star-Times: WIN a careerSTRATEGYTM session and access to the careerCENTRETM with Superbug infections plague teenager By CIARA PRATT History repeating: Ethan Wijlens has been plagued by superbug infections after four knee surgeries and wants action from ACC. Photos: VANITA PRASAD After five knee surgeries and several superbug infections Ethan Wijlens has had enough. He has been plagued with knee problems after four reconstructive surgeries at North Shore Hospital and is now pushing to be treated at a different facility. Mr Wijlens came off his bike, severely injuring his knee, during a 2009 junior motorbike race at Rosebank Speedway. The crash saw him tear a ligament in his knee and break his shin bone. He required surgery to repair the damage which was completed at a private surgical centre and funded by ACC. But he slipped on his crutches and re-injured the knee two weeks after the operation. That is when the problems started, Mr Wijlens says. I was taken in an ambu- lance to North Shore Hos- pital where they took an X-ray and said I should come back the next day.'' The 19-year-old was taken into theatre where screws and a wire were placed in his knee. About three months later I started to get a lot of pain inmykneesoIwentbackto the hospital and they said I had an MRSA infection and gave me antibiotics.'' Methicillin-resistant Sta- phylococcus aureus (MRSA) is a superbug that is resist- ant to antibiotics. According to the Institute of Environmental Science and Research it is commonly contracted in hospitals but can also be caught in the community through skin-to- skin contact. Mr Wijlens has been back and forth to the hospital since 2009. He has suffered four infections after four knee surgeries and is over it''.He can't prove he caught the infection at the hospital but still wants action. I want to go private again and I want compensation because I'm sick of getting infections after every oper- ation. I don't understand why ACC keeps sending me back there,'' he says. ACC spokeswoman Steph- anie Melville says the specialist treating Mr Wijlens decides where he is treated. The treating specialist will determine the most suit- able hospital for treatment. If a patient has an injury while receiving treatment, a treatment injury claim can be lodged with ACC where entitlements such as further treatment and compensation can be considered if the claim is accepted,'' she says. North Shore Hospital infectious disease physician Dr Hasan Bhally says infec- tions of this nature com- monly occur when metal- work is involved, such as plating and screws used in knee reconstructions. It is difficult to cure these infections because if there is metal in the body you need blood supply to get to a spec- ific organ or tissue for the antibiotics to be effective, but with metalware the bac- teria will stick to the metal.'' Dr Bhally says MRSA can be picked up from many places. There is a significant amount of MRSA that is picked up in the community but you could also say because this patient has spent time in hospitals and other health facilities it could be a healthcare- associated MRSA infection.'' A 2011 report by the ESR Institute lists Waitemata District Health Board with one of the lowest national rates of MRSA, showing 15 people out of 100,000 will potentially get the infection. Mr Bhally recommends hospital visitors wash their hands to prevent the spread of bacteria. Mr Wijlens plans to move to Australia in February.
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