On the podcast is Rosie Bartel.
Rosie Bartel is a widow, a mother, and a grandmother. In this episode, she shares her personal story.
In 2009, Rosie underwent a total knee replacement that developed into an MRSA staph infection. The Healthcare-Associated Infection led to 55 surgeries, 200+ hospitalizations, and 100 blood transfusions. She has had sepsis and septic shock 12 times. Finally, she underwent a right leg amputation above the knee, which later developed into a total hip amputation with part of the pelvic bone removed.
Rosie uses her stories to help and educate both patients, relatives, and healthcare professionals.
"I don't think they realize how much one little infection can devastate a person forever."
On being a patient with an HAI
"It's much easier to sit in a chair and tell somebody about hand hygiene than to be laying under those white sheets where you don't have any control over your life."
"I can't blame anybody for it, but let's look at all the ways that could fix the world and make it better for patients and safer for patients every single day."
To purchase a copy of Rosie's book:
Rosie's Story: A Story of Faith, Hope, and Survival:
$15.00 per copy in the USA / $20.00 overseas.