Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Savita May Have Died From Resistant E Coli

The problem with ESBL organisms is that they are very resistant and thus a tragedy can result.

It appears to me that the problem was an unforeseen ESBL infection rather than an issue of obstetric mishandling.

In my experience of over 30 years with clinical antibiotic use, ESBL antibiotic resistance is by far the most worrying development that I have experienced.

The insult to the Irish medical service is added to by the suggestion that the Indian Embassy is upset with the lack of abortion services in Ireland.

This insult is further compounded by the fact the Indian subcontinent has played a major role in the spread of ESBL positive organisms.

If the Minister for Health wants to preserve lives, young and old he would do better to put a lot more resources into monitoring and controlling the spread of ESBL positive bacteria rather than responding to a pressure group who obviously have an ambition to turn our superb obstetricians into little more than paid killers.

Dr J Clair
Co Cork