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Superbugs via the military evacuation system and your DBA claim

Posted by defensebaseactcomp on August 20, 2009


Injured contractors who enter the military evacuation system either in Iraq or Afghanistan are at an extremely high risk of being contaminated with Multiple Drug Resistant or Completely Drug Resistant Acinetobacter baumannii, in addition to MRSA, Klebsiella pneumonia, VRE, C diff, Psuedomonas aeruginosa, several species of Proteus, and more.  While these bugs are also available in our civilian hospitals the strains you will find in the military health system have been fast tracked to drug resistance by the overuse, misuse, of antibiotics starting at the field hospitals in often desperate attempts to save lives and limbs.

These bacterial infections sound scary enough but the toxic drugs used to treat them can be more dangerous than the bugs themselves.

Permanent organ damage or outright failure is a common.   Metabolic changes, insulin intolerance, alcohol intolerance, hearing damage, nerve damage, can all stay with you for the rest of your life.  Many patients will remain carriers of MDRAb and MRSA.

All injured contractors who were repatriated via any part of the military evacuation and/or health system should check your medical records to see if you were treated with toxic drugs for any of these bugs but most seriously Acinetobacter baumannii.   The military and the civilian hospitals are not always forthcoming with information regarding these infections. They are preventable and are spread by a lack of sterile conditions.   They do not originate in the soil in Iraq or Afghanistan, nor do the insurgents put them on IED’s as has been suggested by the DoD to CNN.  These hospital acquired infections are downplayed by all involved so you will see much information out there that paints a prettier story than we present you here.  We have no advertising money, no one owns us.

If you were blown up and went to Landstuhl you would have been put on these drugs immediately as a cautionary measure due to nearly all open wounds becoming contaminated with Acinetobacter baumannii.  If you happened to have a Traumatic Brain Injury from the explosion you were in,  your freshly compressed, damaged, brain cells were bathed in high doses of neurotoxic drugs.

Any claim you present to the insurance company should include lifelong damages caused by treatment with these toxic drugs.   Many people will remain at risk of reinfection as there is no way to know if your body has been purged of these organisms.

The Iraq Infections

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The Invisible Enemy by Steve Silberman

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