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My name is Kathy Day RN.  I graduated from St Elizabeth’s Hospital School of Nursing in Brighton MA in 1970.  I have kept my RN license in the State of Maine since then.  My work has ranged from doctors office work to Emergency room nursing.  I have also worked at an Indian Reservation clinic, a Paper mill health department, telephone triage advice line, Urgent care center, Employee health nursing, American Red Cross Blood services and a Community College School nurse. .  It’s been a long time since I graduated and I have gained new knowlege at every job I held. 

Also, during the early 80s I organized a nurses union at the Calais Regional Hospital in Calais Maine.  I have volunteered in many capacities including work at Ronald McDonald House, Red Cross Blood center volunteer, and camphosting at a County Park campground in Virginia. 
I have not worked in clinical nursing for about 10 years.  I chose to stop working and helped to raise my young granddaughter. 
My recent experience with my fathers hospital acquired MRSA pneumonia motivated me to come out of retirement.  I have researched and worked very hard to find a way to change the current culture of complaceny regarding hospital infections.  I absolutely do NOT believe that doctors and nurses and other healthcare workers are helpless when it comes to MRSA.  It will take an organized, standardized, strong and efficient approach to prevent MRSA in Maine’s hospitals.  When nurses and doctors just rolled their eyes and shrugged their shoulders when I asked questions about my father’s  MRSA, it made me wonder.  Are they really unaware, or are they scared if they tell patients and families the truth that they will get into trouble.
Effective infection control is NOT ROCKET SCIENCE.  A multifaceted approach to prevention is needed, but none of it is difficult.  Accountability and transparency is a big first step.  Then I believe bedside nurses, not administrators or doctors, will be the leaders in this campaign for control of infections.  Maine State Nurses Association is endorsing my legislative proposal in Maine and they will be the most important factor in making mandates in Maine hospitals WORK!  Doctors may have to listen to nurses, not that they don’t do that now.  If they are non compliant, there will be consequences.  Fines, suspensions, and discipline will be a result of noncompliance. 
It is time.  The numbers of these infections have climbed to a ridiculous high.
It’s time for change. It’s time to make Maine hospitals a place that we can trust to make us better and not make us sicker. 
  1. June 18th, 2009 at 02:32 | #1

    Thank you for all the great information you are providing and the dedicated work you are doing in honor of your Father.

    God Bless

  2. Lori Nerbonne
    December 1st, 2009 at 23:21 | #2

    I’m so sorry about your dad, but am so glad that you have put your grief to work in the fight against MRSA and hospital acquired infections. You’ve done so much in so little time..keep up the great work!

  3. howard d doane, emt-p
    February 9th, 2011 at 13:39 | #3

    Maine is far behind other states when caregivers contract MRSA.It is assumed that you contracted this anywhere, let alone a health care facility.It only goes to reason that the more exposures you have, the greater chance you have developing this infection.I have had MRSA for 3 years and vanco only keep’s it in check untill it flairs up again.The stress of having this illness,concerned that I dont transmit It is hard.I hope that maine provides help for the many health care providers who have contracted this disease.

  4. October 22nd, 2011 at 06:51 | #4

    hi!,I really like your writing so much! proportion we keep up a correspondence more approximately your post on AOL? I need an expert in this area to unravel my problem. May be that is you! Looking forward to see you.

  5. January 7th, 2012 at 02:11 | #5

    Brilliant work.

    I have been publishing articles, websites and made a lot of noise about this topic in UK. Some nurse supported by doctors and the politicians do not want to know nor think what happens to people who get infected. I have worked in intensive care and paediatrics sine 1980s and could not cope to see people like your dad suffer. I raised concern and was very critical and so victimised and made to suffer for speaking out the truth but this has not deterred me in my fight against this bacteria that produce devastating consequence.

    My tool “Medical Advice You Access” in short “MAYA” will help people differentiate “Common” from “Serious” symptoms. The mission is to help you avoid visiting doctors and go to hospital. You can see my publications and innovations in Google search.

    Keep up the good work.

  6. Lauren Anderson
    July 10th, 2012 at 21:11 | #6

    I am a new follower and have been deeply affected by your posts and by the comments posted by others. I am an RN who has recently been diagnosed with Folliculitis DeCalvans. I have lesions all over my head that have MRSA in them. I am on the MRSA protocol as well as mega antibiotics to help reduce the lesions. I am probably colonized as I am in contact with MRSA + patients daily in the Outpatient Surgery department of my hospital. I should say was in contact. I have been out on Short Term disability for 2 months-the first 4 weeks being misdiagnosed with shingles. I now have work and the company that manages my disability claim questioning my ability to work!! I am devastated with the diagnosis and with the fact that the lesions and lymphadenopathy hurt and with the fear of infecting my children and of further involvement in my body. The ignorance regarding MRSA and the seriousness of it is astounding to me, especially from others in the healthcare industry. Please keep up the good fight!! People like me need you…PS I live in Louisiana-checking on our legislature now-but trust me we are talking Louisiana-who knows?

  7. Jay Michaels
    August 3rd, 2012 at 10:48 | #7

    G-d bless you for your working combatting extreme profits from the sick and infirm. For-profit health “care” present vast conflicts of interest. When CEOs and shareholder profits trump patient care and safety, there is reason for major alarm. Thank you for your wonderful work to improve the safety for ALL patients.

  8. Jay Michaels
    August 6th, 2012 at 12:34 | #8

    It is abundantly clear that Duvita and other for-profit “health” orgs only answer to shareholders, owners, and C-suite folks–NOT patients and their families. To them, patients are nothing more than medicare cash cows. It is very evident in one CEO’s annual $27,800,000 yearly compensation–how much of that is going to real research to help improve pt’s quality of life? That answer is quite frightening.

  9. Kathleen McDonnell
    September 28th, 2012 at 23:15 | #9

    Thank you so much for publishing your story. It ia a shame you had to lose your father to MRSA. Your dedicated work in fighting MRSA and HAI’s has probalbly already saved many lives, which otherwise may have been lost.
    I am very green within being aware of the problem of HAI’s. I recently became employed with a small company that promotes wellness with Evidence based solutions to prevent HAI’s. We strive on COMPLIANCE. Using the right products in the right situations. Before becoming employed with this company, I had no idea of the problems that are happening in most hospitals every second of the day. When I learned of the life-threatening issues we are facing, I immediatly became heavily involved. Like I use to be…A lot of us are unaware of the major issues we face when entering a Hospital. Either as a patient or a visitor. Both scenarios pose heavy threats.
    Some Health-care workers have a false sense of security. They think they are protecting themselves and their patients, when they really are not. The isolation gowns that facility workers wear are very non-compliant. There is not enough room in this posting to explain all the problems alot of the Isolation Gowns have. I am not partial to my company, but our products are very compliant. They have been designed with feed-back from the very people who use them everyday.
    Hospital Curtains are also a huge factor in HAI’s. They are hardly changed or washed. Handled often by several different persons everyday…spreading infection amongst the entire facility.
    I will continue to follow your work in hopes of creating a NATIONAL STANDARDIZATION for Infection Control Products. I strongly believe that if there would be one in place we can cut the 19,000 deaths a year from MRSA alone down to over half that number. If the health care workers are in Compliance with Infection control products, and testing patients prior to addmittance-this would save thousands of lives.

  10. Johanna Trimble
    February 25th, 2013 at 17:07 | #10

    Hi Kathy,
    I spoke to you about Full Circle America (also called The Maine Approach) at the Selling Sickness conference last week and you expressed interest. I suggest watching the video with Dr. Teel at the bottom of the home page as it’s a clear explanation of how It all works:
    Best regards,
    Johanna Trimble
    B.C. Patient Voices Network

  11. Kathy
    February 27th, 2013 at 08:51 | #11

    Hello Johanna,
    Thank you so much for sending this information! It was so nice to meet you. I will take a close look at this webpage today. I just returned from a second meeting in DC. I returned home Fri night and went back to DC on Sunday….so, I just got home again last night. This is a very busy time for patient safety activists, like us!

    Thanks again for contacting me. Kathy Day

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  1. October 3rd, 2012 at 15:47 | #1