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Posted by sharon
Last Reply November 7, 2005 at 18:27
Started November 7, 2005 at 17:13
my friend and her mother have been nursing the grandmother, lovingly for the past 5 years at home.. Unfortunately, she became ill, and they had to send her to hospital. She is 89.
In the last month at hospital she has contracted mrsa. What a shame for the family, as they were so lovingly taking care of her at home. They are devastated

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MRSA
Posted by Simon Hill
Last Reply November 7, 2005 at 14:07
Started October 26, 2005 at 20:47
I contracted MRSA Sepsis 4 years ago and now suffer regular bouts of cellulitus which I am worried will kill me off one of these days. Is this related to the MRSA and are there any other short and/or long term issues I need to be aware of? (I am a 42 year old male in case it is relevant)
PS. I will make further comments about the appaling lack of information and infection control I recieved in due course and I have some questions re: poss. compensation but for now I am trying to focus on staying alive for as long as poss. - any advice much appreciated...Thank you

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Hospital on Trial
Posted by moya
Last Reply November 7, 2005 at 08:52
Started November 1, 2005 at 08:48
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2-1851884,00.html

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goverment re mrsa nhs compensation
Posted by Ann
Last Reply November 6, 2005 at 15:05
Started November 6, 2005 at 15:05
I am sick of the goverment all say and no do, this is peoples lives incase the goverment dont,its only going to get worse,then what are the gents at the top of nhs going to do,they shouldnt be in the high paid jobs if they dont do somthing there wont be a hospital left,oh great building new hospitals,just to close them down again its a joke,ive watched three being closed and for what running out of money,but one thing for sure we the public are sick of the way the goverment put high wages on the payroll before saying to themselves how much are we left with to treat the public,and please dont treat us like a number,the top dogs get pay rise after payrise oh yes thats what the goverment do to,just to show up at 10 downing street you get paid dont you think its time you took a pay cut yes thats what i said PAY CUT.

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Sporting injuries
Posted by Scott Woodcock
Last Reply November 6, 2005 at 15:05
Started November 2, 2005 at 13:55
I am a semi professional rugby player and one of the concerns I have is that we regularly get cuts and grazes.
Is there a way we can clean these injuries that will help prevent infection? Also is it true that MRSA could be a problem and could it be passed on to us?

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mrsa superbug
Posted by andy mckenzie
Last Reply November 6, 2005 at 14:22
Started November 1, 2005 at 17:12
pleas can someone tell me why this bug is so deadly as my sis in law is now dying with it and i dont know wot it does

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all under cover
Posted by Doctors reveal secrets
Last Reply November 4, 2005 at 14:58
Started November 4, 2005 at 13:48
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 to... read more

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PENNINE TRUST SLATED
Posted by Bev
Last Reply November 3, 2005 at 09:27
Started November 1, 2005 at 20:16
in the summer 300 doctors from the pennine trust signed a vote of no confidence in the cheif exec Chris Appleby and his cronies the top management

today after an investigation Chris Appleby and his team of fat cats have been told they must implement at least 25 rigourous changes otherwise they are out !

the pennine trust has only been in existance since 2002 and already they have one of the worst records

in 2003 their infection controls got 1 point in the ratings system last year they pnly achieved 2 yet they have still been given another star ~ WHY even the top consultants are saying the MANAGEMENT put targets before patient care
guess we cannot all be wrong then !

i have been battling with the PENNINE TRUST for 2+ years following them infecting my beloved mother with MRSA ~ not informing the family and lying and covering up the whole ordeal

Chris Appleby admitted he was in breach of the hospital complaints system when dealing with my case and now he refuses to ha... read more

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nhs compensation scottish party
Posted by ann
Last Reply November 2, 2005 at 20:32
Started November 2, 2005 at 20:32
I was reading a part of a forum and i didnt like what i saw, the msp dont want to give compensation to anyone affected by mrsa,one woman is asking for 30,000 they are saying no to compensation for her, then we ask why people think we are tight fisted,
even the people that died wont get compensation but will look into any health issues.They shouldnt have bothered building a place for msp for the ammount they spent on that could have paid the compensation,so all i can say is this msp shouldnt have started a scottish party and then they could focus on the really severe issues like people dying and all the other people who are still ill with mrsa i dont think youre going to have a party left if thats your opinion.

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information for patients at home with MRSA
Posted by Isabel
Last Reply November 2, 2005 at 19:44
Started October 28, 2005 at 13:12
Dear all

I am a community infection control nurse and feel that there is a great need to support patients with MRSA. Reading through the comments it appears that patients at home with MRSA are more than often without someone to contact and talk to about the condition, someone to give everyday advice on how to live with MRSA.

I am looking for your comments and questions, as I am trying to put together some comprehensive information on managing MRSA in the home environment.

I thank you for your support in advance and look forward to hear from you.

Isabel

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Discharged with MRSA
Posted by Lorraine
Last Reply November 1, 2005 at 17:00
Started November 1, 2005 at 16:53
My mother has just been readmitted to hospital and been told that a sputem test taken while in hospital last time revealed that she had MRSA. As she was discharged the day before her results came back we are only now aware of the infection. Would she have been infectious to others while at home? Would it be necessary for grandchildren to be screened for this?

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good info
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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