Ten rooms infected with a mysterious highly resistant bacterium (BHRE), this is what the Jérémie family said during a press conference, held at 11 am on Tuesday at the Cayenne hospital center. The hospital for its part has announced the end of the BHRE epidemic situation.
It’s July 18th. Felton Jérémie, 72, returns to Cayenne hospital center (CHC) to undergo a blood transfusion in relation to the fight against colon cancer that affected him. A banal ambulatory care. Since then, the man from Sinnamary has not been released from the hospital.
“I met him on July 20. He had a fever, they didn’t want to let him go. We came home on his 23rd birthday. We want to release it. His veins were marked with bites. They hurt him. We can’t touch him. He suffered an unceasing while he had a chamber installed in his body as part of chemotherapy that could pass other products.”, said Elsa Deshayes, her daughter.
The medical team of medicine B where Felton Jérémie was found noticed a highly resistant and emerging bacteria in the patient that became highly contagious. An antibiotic should be administered. Problem: the room where the chemotherapy was administered was also infected with another bacteria so the caregivers decided to administer intravenously according to the family. “They even wanted to puncture his feet because it increased the risk of phlebitis”, Elsa was surprised.
The latter provoked the anger of a doctor when he saw her kissing her father on the forehead. “That’s when I understood that something serious was happening but the doctors refused to give us information”, complained the girl.
“To make matters worse, they accused my brother of defiling the entire service. This is embarrassing. He can’t walk how can he?”, added Rose-Aimée Saïbou.
An outbreak of BHRE since May
The two women could not provide the doctors’ names so the reported comments are difficult to verify.
The family is convinced that their father, husband, brother contracted this bacteria in the hospital. “It is a nosocomial disease but the hospital wants the patients to keep quiet. This works because we are afraid of losing our bed if we arouse their anger. They have many hidden things. We can no longer trust”assured Mrs. Couëta-Polonie, a liberal nurse who came to join the family because of solidarity when she encountered problems in the department of neurology for one of her parents.
The Jérémie family made sure ten rooms were contaminated with drug B, including the patient who was their father’s roommate. “We need other families to join us. We cannot continue to hide the truth without doing anything”, criticized Elsa Deshayes.
On the side of the hospital, the warmth of the family was shocked: “We have received no complaints, no complaints, no requests from the commission of users or from hospital intermediaries.“
On the other hand, the presence of bacteria that are more resistant to emerging antibiotics (BHRe) in some patients is confirmed from with but the hospital declined to discuss the numbers. “As of July 26, 2022, CHC is no longer in BHRe epidemic status”, providing its services.
“Systematic weekly screening of patients from the departments concerned was set up, as well as hospitalization of patients confirmed positive for BHRe in a dedicated unit. The specialty services related to this BHRe are reorganized by identifying three zones: a zone for the management of contact cases, a zone for the management of confirmed cases case
which cannot (due to their pathology) be transferred to the dedicated unit and a place of
management of BHRe non-contact patients”, CHC specified in a press release.
Regarding the care received by the parent of the family, “it must be sure that it is related to bacteria and not to the primary pathology for which the patient is being treated by CHC. Obviously we cannot comment on the patient file.”, angered the Cayenne hospital.
The dissatisfaction of the family marks above all the lack of trust in the establishment of the hospital. The lack of communication with patients and outside the enclosure does not help to restore this link, which is nevertheless important in the course of care.