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Posted by Doctors reveal secrets
Last Reply October 31, 2005 at 23:45
Started October 31, 2005 at 23:45
Doctors reveal secrets of how to avoid perils of MRSA bug Oct 31 2005




Madeleine Brindley, Western Mail


WELSH-BORN author Donna Antoinette Coleman reveals the health secrets doctors share with their families in her new book.Over the course of the next 10 weeks she and co-author Vernon Coleman will share these secrets with Health WalesIn the first column, the pair explain how everyone can protect themselves against the hospital superbug MRSA

MRSA stands for Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus and is a particularly deadly infection, commonly found in British hospitals.

Only go into hospital if you really have to - for life-saving treatment or for treatment that is going to dramatically improve the quality of your life. Try to get home as soon as you possibly can.

Make sure your immune system is as healthy as possible. Keep up your intake of vitamins - particularly antioxidants such as vitamins A, C and E. You should, of course, consult your doctor t... read more

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MRSA in the blood
Posted by Tweenie
Last Reply October 31, 2005 at 16:39
Started October 31, 2005 at 13:59
My father was rushed into hospital last Thursday. We found out today that he has a "type of MRSA" in his blood but that it is not contagious?? Is this possible?

He is very confused and does not recognise his surroundings, family, etc. The staff at the hospital says this is due to his blood infection. Could this be the case??

He previously had MRSA in a wound about three years ago but we were assured that he had been cured.



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mrsa
Posted by lorraine barclay
Last Reply October 30, 2005 at 22:13
Started October 30, 2005 at 21:01
my grandfather has just been diagnosed with mrsa in one hospital. my other grandfather is in another hospital having a pin put in his hip after falling and breaking it.
is it safe for me to visit him after being in contact with the first one(not knowing at that time that he had mrsa

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HELP PLEASE
Posted by Peggy
Last Reply October 30, 2005 at 18:24
Started October 28, 2005 at 22:39
Can you cure MRSA on the skin or does it just lie dormant and come back again and again. Can't seem to get a clear answer on this one.

Thanks Peggy

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MRSA in children
Posted by Tracy
Last Reply October 28, 2005 at 18:32
Started October 25, 2005 at 16:42
Hello,
I'm still quite confused about this topic. My kids have not been diagnosed with MRSA; however, my oldest son, who is now six, has been on antibiotics 1x/year since he was a year old for what the doctors call celulitis. Which is a general name for a skin infection. His infections usually start with a mosquito bite. When he was three, he was hospitalized because the antibiotic he was on was doing nothing, and he developed a high fever of 104 degrees F. He was hospitalized for three days. My youngest son, who is now 8 months old, had staph infection from a surgery he had at 5 weeks old for pyloric stenosis. When his incision site looked infected to me, I called the surgeon, and he said its very rare for a staph infection to develope after this type of surgery. I took him to the ER, and was told sure enough that it was staph. They sent me home with amoxicillan, then one week, later, called and told me that they tested the staph infection, and the meds they put him on wo... read more

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MRSA - can any one help
Posted by Nina
Last Reply October 27, 2005 at 17:43
Started October 27, 2005 at 16:18
I have recently been discharged from hospital after surgery to remove an MRSA abcess that was growing on my bowel. Doctors say my MRSA is chronic and it is still present after vancamycin IV for 5 days, my second screening showed it to be present in my wound and groin. My GP is of very little help and I seem to be organising every thing my-self (e.g. district nurse to change my dressing, prescriptions for dressings, even asking her to wear gloves and pinny) the problem I have now is that I dont know what step is next do I need more anti-biotics, how many times do I need to be screened and when, and how do I dispose of the clinical waste after dressing changes. I need information and help but neither my doctors or the hospital I was discharged from seem to either want to or dont know enough themselves to help. Is there a support group I can contact I live in Cleveland in the North East of England.

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should he risk op
Posted by issabella
Last Reply October 26, 2005 at 20:50
Started October 18, 2005 at 22:56
should my husband risk a circumcision at basildon hospital we are terrified of mrsa bugs and his condition is not life threatning. and they wont listen to our fears or i protestations about their insistance on a general anethstesia when a local is quite adequate. opinions please

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Agitation?
Posted by Jake
Last Reply October 26, 2005 at 19:40
Started October 24, 2005 at 13:45
Hello, I'm new to this board and I would just like to ask if agitation and restleness is a symptom of MRSA? My mother-in-law is extremely ill at the moment. She originally went in having had a heart attack and pneumonia but both were brought under control and now the family have been told that she has MRSA and there is nothing that can be done.

They are trying their hardest to make her as comfortable as possible but she is so agitated when she's awake. She'll ask to be propped up and when that is done she'll want to be propped up higher. Then she'll want to lie down. She's also constantly crying out for her family. They are holding her and comforting her but nothing seems to be pacifying her.

The sad part of this is, my father-in-law died of MRSA last year in pretty much the same manner. I would just like to know if the agitaion is a common symptom or is it just fear.

Fianlly I have sat and read this forum for the past several hours and I am so saddened by each story. I wis... read more

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will banning flowers be effective in cutting d
Posted by sandra
Last Reply October 22, 2005 at 20:06
Started October 17, 2005 at 16:43
-in intesive care units,yes,it is vital that there is minimal or virtualy no threat of infections,but is it really that vital to bann flowers from general wards?

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Do I have MRSA?
Posted by Nikki
Last Reply October 22, 2005 at 19:50
Started October 11, 2005 at 18:26
I had my gall bladder removed by open surgaey on 28th Sept I now have an infection in my belly button the clip's have been removed and the DN has taken a swob to day I'm worried
any advise would be appreciated.

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mrsa
Posted by M.Smith
Last Reply October 22, 2005 at 16:50
Started October 22, 2005 at 16:37
what annoys me about mrsa is the cover up they say oops didnt see that one coming,but the goverment knew about this virus and did nothing to warn the public,how much longer did they think it would go before people found out.Now all i can say is Tony Blair and party also nhs hiding thing the truth has done nothing for. My other concern is the ammount of pay the top boys get is totally unrealistic for a job they cant do, so hell mend the lot of them when the compensation starts being paid out. M,Smith

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MSSA
Posted by callie
Last Reply October 22, 2005 at 11:20
Started October 21, 2005 at 18:26
Does anyone know if there are any MSSA suffers support groups? Ive had a quick look on google but couldn't find anything and I thought someone here might know.

thanks

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mrsa cures
Posted by alexa
Last Reply October 14, 2005 at 07:39
Started October 8, 2005 at 23:13
there are cures arent there? so y arent they being used? also, why arent the necessary precautions taken to prevent the spread of mrsa? i`m sixteen and from england- i`m studying health & social care in college and this is a very controversial topic in the health care professions and i would like to know if the mrsa eppidemic will be under control when, in a couple of years, im working in one of the health care professions?

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future risks
Posted by jane
Last Reply October 13, 2005 at 22:07
Started October 12, 2005 at 22:16
My five daughter had mrsa based osteo-myletis at 3 weeks old - she is due to have bone reconstructive surgery in the near future and there will further surgery in the future- i ahve been told by the hospital she has been swabbed and was clear from mrsa
is it true that it stays in your blood forever - is she more at risk when having surgery due to her history
can i insist that she is isolated and what other safeguards can i reasonably request from the hospital and the staff

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MRSA PETITION
Posted by Bev
Last Reply October 13, 2005 at 16:37
Started August 31, 2005 at 14:53


I decided to start a new thread for the petition we have had a great response so far and would really like to get more names

in the light of the new government spin on Cl dif ~ trying to take away from the fact that thousands are being infected with MRSA

we really want to bring the attention back on trying to raise the subject of MRSA and of all HAI’s in the houses of parliament

when you think about it nearly every victim of MRSA if the government would have their way is a HIDDEN VICTIM because they will still not put out all incidences of MRSA and they would still have you believe there is ‘no problem’ ~ ‘it’s a little of no concern’ infection ~ still no information being fully given to patients and their families

in the NAO reports only 154 trusts out of 176 contributed to the report appendix this when its supposed to be mandatory for ALL trusts to report incidences of MRSA and other HAI’s so its beyond belief that they can for definite publish stats whe... read more

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MRSA: I need the facts not spin
Posted by Alan Finan
Last Reply October 13, 2005 at 05:13
Started October 12, 2005 at 22:55
MRSA, what is it? They say it is a Super Bug a bacteria that has mutated to become immune to our antibiotics. So where does that leave the people who have contracted it?

Why am I asking these questions?

Simple, like most people in Ireland, and indeed from around the world I had no real interest in this “Super Bug” except to say “God isn’t it awful” when you hear of something about it on the News, or read about it in the Papers, and feel a little sorry for the people who were affected, but this did not affect me in any way so I just carry on with my life.

That is until this week.

My mother who is in her 60’s has suffered for over 15 years with Rheumatoid Arthritis, over the past few years c 3, she has had repeated lung and urinary infections.

She was unable to hold prolonged conversations as she would become breathless, and start to cough.

One month ago she had a lung function test and was found to have a 50% capacity deficiency in her right lung.

Only thing fo... read more

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confidentiality
Posted by Sandra
Last Reply October 13, 2005 at 05:01
Started October 3, 2005 at 17:35
I am a care worker in the community. Another carers client has come home from hospital with MRSA. The carer has gone mad as she has been home a week and she said no one told her that the client had it. Am I right in thinking she doesnt have to be told. If she is working with good hygiene practise she has no need to be concerned for her own health. She has no contact with the area infected as nurses come into the clients home to dress this and it is covered at all times. Maybe I am wrong but I thought it was a confidentiality issue.

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staphlicocoul aureus
Posted by claire
Last Reply October 12, 2005 at 21:51
Started September 7, 2005 at 10:40
my child has been ill for 3 weeks and has been in hospital 2 and half weeks .
he had sickness stomach cramps and couldnt put no weight on his legs on the wednesday i had 2 doctors out who said VIRUS.friday morning was advised to go hospital.they checked him over(13 years old)and sent me home carrying him.
saturday he was in so much pain i called ambulance.since been diagnosed with staph.and now osteomylitis and needs 6 weeks antibiotic intravenousley and 3 months tablets at home. leg in plaster and complete bed rest!
how did this get so bad.any advice.have since heard that staph is form of mrsa.

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Re: CIPROFLOXIN-is it any good for treating MRSA?
Posted by Maggie
Last Reply October 12, 2005 at 16:12
Started October 1, 2004 at 19:09
Hi again,
Further to my previous messages re: advice about MRSA infection in my lungs. Following the last lot of antibiotics, my GP said the hospital microbiologist had recommended (Doxycycline) I've just had the results this week of the latest "sputum" test. It is STILL POSITIVE.
So I went to see my GP yesterday, "armed" with the names of Linezolid & Synercid. He looked in his little book of drugs, but said that he couldn't find any details of one (Linezolid I think) and Syndercid was only available intravenously.
So I have returned home with the latest "recommended" antibiotic by the microbiologist - "Ciprofloxacin".
Does anyone know - IS THERE A CHANCE THIS DRUG MAY WORK WONDERS & FINALLY GET RID OF THIS DAMNED MRSA IN MY LUNGS - OR AM I JUST BEING "FOBBED OFF".
When I went to the Pharmacy to collect the prescription, I sought the advice of the Pharmacist. He advised that Linezolid IS AVAILABLE in tablet form, on the NHS - but said that unfortunately, the chances of the... read more

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MRSA and my family
Posted by Brandy Chase
Last Reply October 11, 2005 at 17:02
Started July 15, 2005 at 03:01
Hi, My family and I (my husband, and 2 daughters) have MRSA. We recently moved to a new house and suddenly started to get weird boils. It started with my husband then me. A few weeks ago I had a "bite" on my leg. I went to the doctor and she said it was a Brown Recluse spider bite, it hurt badly. Then I sent my husband to the doctor where they did a culture on on of his boils with the results being...MRSA. My husband just took my 10 year old daughter to the doctor today and sure enough she has it too. So far my 6 year has not shown any signs of it but the doctor my 10 year old went to said she has seen 7 cases in the last 2 weeks of MRSA. It is going around fast and furious. They gave us a list of Antibiotics that can get rid of it. Hopefully they work. Good luck to all that have this NASTY MRSA!!!!!!

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