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Dad diagnosed with MRSA
Posted by Melanie
Last Reply October 11, 2005 at 08:12
Started October 10, 2005 at 15:11
Hi

My 63 year old father burnt his leg quite badly almost four weeks ago. He was taken to A&E at Hemel and was then transferred to the burns unit at Mount Vernon, where he spent one night. The wound subsequently got infected and two weeks ago, he was prescribed antibiotics. The infection seemed to clear up and he seemed to be on the mend. A swab test was taken at the time and today, two weeks later he had a call from the surgery to say that he has MRSA. Obviously I have seen all the media reports and the scare stories, but what is the reality? Will he recover? What are his chances? how should my mum protect herself, should I keep my 9 month old son away from him? Basically if anyone can shed any light on this for me, I would be extremely grateful.

Regards

Melanie

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looking for amanda who made comment on esbl
Posted by Romain Fournier
Last Reply October 10, 2005 at 11:15
Started October 10, 2005 at 11:15
My name is Romain Fournier, I'm working for the Real Story programm on the BBC. I have just read a comment posted by amanda on january 2005 on an article on esbl and i would like to have a chat with this person. So if you read my message amanda, please e mail me on romain.fournier@bbc.co.uk> Thanks

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MRSA - A cynical attempt to hide the truth?
Posted by Ruth Wollacott
Last Reply October 10, 2005 at 10:51
Started September 19, 2004 at 09:31
I attended a discussion on MRSA infection at the Dana Centre last week and was quite perturbed at the attitude exhibited by some (medical) members of the panel; a diatribe regarding the over-prescription of antibiotics over the last forty years and an attempt made to suggest that there is no correlation between the rising incidence of HAI with the perceived lowering of standards in the general cleaning and hygiene of hospital premises and a suggestion that improved vigilance by patients themselves would enhance the cleanliness and hygiene of both hospital premises and staff.

Further, the contention by Dr. Samuel Khan posted on the MRSA discussion forum on July 12 2004, entitled “MRSA – you’re probably carrying it’, that the information being broadcast by ITV news, the Daily Mail and Clare Rayner, among others, is ‘rubbish’ and the exhortation ‘not to panic’ should be revealed for what it is – a cynical attempt to downplay the seriousness of the infection and an attempt to obfusca... read more

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why are we not told?
Posted by dudu
Last Reply October 8, 2005 at 22:29
Started September 26, 2005 at 22:19
my mother is currently suffering from breast cancer and has been in hospital twice in the last 4 months and during that time she was living in a hospice. on the third day in the hospice wounds on her breast turned into gaping sores...why? after her first visit to the hospital to have a line inserted in her thigh for chemotherapy in fungated and turned green with pus....why? on the second visit she was in isolation for 2 weeks...why? the disacharge letter from the hospice said there was mrsa found in the breast wound...why and from where? this was actually a letter to the district nurse and not the doctors. now today the oncologist says "you have mrsa we'll take a swab" BUT NOTHING MORE. on asking a nurse she says its not in the hospital notes. What on earth is going on and how does one find out where and when we got it from...why were we not told before and why is nobody sure....does anyone out there know what action to take from here?

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Death of my mother from MRSA
Posted by Colette
Last Reply October 7, 2005 at 20:27
Started September 21, 2005 at 12:23
My mother died from MRSA on 19th February 2004.She was in hospital a long time waiting for a nursing home place because of heart problems but contracted it while in hospital.It has been too painful to think of taking action and only now can I deal with it.Is it too late to take action?It was the main cause of death on her death certificate.Can anyone advise me what to do next?

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Survival of the fittest
Posted by Brian
Last Reply October 6, 2005 at 23:44
Started September 13, 2005 at 10:35
The reason why we are in this situation is the abuse of antibiotics over the last 50 years. Antibiotics are the only medication you can take that can have a harmful affect on someone else. Everytime you, me or anyone has been to a GP and insisted on antibiotics for an ear or throat infection has played their part in the existance of MRSA and the fact that antibiotics work. The MRSA bug is the same as the Staf Aureus bug that has been around for millions of years it has just adapted to avoid being killed by antibiotics. It is a simple case of survival of the fittest and Darwins theory of evolution. I am afraid to say that it is not just a case of cleaner hospitals and washing your hands. These are still important but it is a case of using the weapons we have against these organisms correctly to avoid further resistance. We must all take responsibility for the situation we find ourselves in. Even during Flemings Nobels price speech he stated that he had noted resistance to penicillin ... read more

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Journalist wants an MRSA case study
Posted by Sue Baum
Last Reply October 6, 2005 at 21:21
Started April 27, 2005 at 19:34
Hi there, I am a journalist writing for a mother and baby magazine and need to find a family to interview whose baby has been effected by MRSA. I would need to interview the parents and will probably need a photo as well. Please get in touch if you are interested. Thanks very much, Suzanne

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Advice Needed!
Posted by B R WILES
Last Reply October 6, 2005 at 18:33
Started October 3, 2005 at 21:50
I have just been informed that my mother has contracted MRSA whilst spending over a week in the intensive care unit in the Royal Free hospital in Hampstead. My mother went into the local General Hospital on Saturday 24/09/05 to under go an operation to remove what at first was diagnosed as small cyst on her bladder. During the operation it was they found that the cyst was in fact affecting the Liver and not the bladder as originally thought. This rose to, lets say 'complication during the operation' and was rushed to the London Royal Free Hospital where on the Sunday morning they performed an exploratory operation and established that they would not try to remove the cyst till the following day to help let the haemorrhaging, which happened at the General hospital, settle. Keeping her anaesthetised during the whole time she underwent the operation to remove the cyst on the Monday afternoon and was gradually awoken on the Tuesday and was informed following a x-ray that my mother had c... read more

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MRSA in my house?
Posted by meg...
Last Reply October 5, 2005 at 19:39
Started October 4, 2005 at 20:10
Hi. I don't even know if this is the right forum to post on... My boyfriend and I were recently diagnosed with MRSA, the symptoms of which began nearly immediatly after us moving into a new apartment.
After discussion with the doctors and nurses, they concluded that the MRSA was present in the apartment when we moved in.
Is there any way to find out definitivly that the MRSA is in the apartment?


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Mrsa found in Maternity Ward
Posted by Lee
Last Reply October 5, 2005 at 16:01
Started September 29, 2005 at 11:36
Reports are saying that mrsa has been found in the Special Care Unit for babies at the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Paisley. I will be giving birth to my first baby in April of next year and I was suppose to have it at that hospital. I am terrified! Do you think this problem will be dealt with by then? Should I worry? Should I request a move to another hospital? Am I over-reacting?

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Contaminated x-ray equipment
Posted by James
Last Reply October 4, 2005 at 21:39
Started September 22, 2005 at 19:55
Can anyone help? I am now writing a dissertation on the posibility that x-ray equipment is contributing to the spread of MRSA within hospitals. I have read so much literature on how MRSA spreads but I am yet to find much relating this spread to x-ray equipment. I would appriciate if anybody could tell me of any related articles or research that they know of.

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Christina Jones
Posted by UK Chat?
Last Reply October 4, 2005 at 04:25
Started September 30, 2005 at 12:44
A little bird told me that you all would like to have a chat earlier than our US time of 10pm on Thursdays. If you all would reply and tell me what time you would like one, I will schedule one earlier on Thursdays as well. Maybe 4pm Eastern US (I "believe" that is 9pm UK)? Let me know :)

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my cousins new born baby got MRSA
Posted by Ness
Last Reply October 3, 2005 at 10:52
Started October 3, 2005 at 10:01
Hello my cousins newborn baby has got MRSA in her eyes she caught it from a hospital when the day she was born, I dont understand MRSA and dont really see my cousin will her baby be ok?

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177 SCOTS BABIES HAVE MRSA...
Posted by Dave
Last Reply October 1, 2005 at 15:35
Started September 30, 2005 at 17:31
http://www.eveningtimes.co.uk/hi/news/5044075.html

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Have your say
Posted by Maria
Last Reply September 30, 2005 at 14:25
Started September 27, 2005 at 13:13
Visit the NHS discussion forum at http://www.nhsmrsa.com/.

You can vote on the following issues:
cleanliness
cover ups
accountability
hygiene standards
honesty

And you can have your say!

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my mums pneumonia
Posted by simon
Last Reply September 30, 2005 at 08:08
Started September 29, 2005 at 22:58
My mum broke her hip on the 9th of august and had it treated sucessfuly. 5 days before she was due to come home she was rushed to the A and E of the hospital with pneumonia. She must have got this infection from the local hospital where she had been learning to walk again. Its been 7 days now and she gets worse everyday. She was put on antibiotics as soon as she arrived, and the doctor says that they are the strongest ones that they have. Could she have MRSA and it is being covered up. Apart from the fracture she was in good health just over a week ago and eager to come home . She is 87 and I am loosing all hope.

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Discharge from hospital?
Posted by Vicky
Last Reply September 29, 2005 at 08:16
Started March 10, 2005 at 20:59
I am quite poorly informed about MRSA and wondered if anyone could tell me whether it was likely that a hospital would discharge a patient with MRSA in to a care home or whether the home would be worried about the infecion spreading?

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Very Confused about MRSA
Posted by somanyquestions
Last Reply September 28, 2005 at 10:50
Started July 15, 2005 at 02:17
Hello all,
I am a 21 year old health female, and in October of 2004 I contracted what I was told was just a spider bite. At the time unfortunatley I was in limbo with my health insurance so the doctor that DX me was just an on-call doctor at an Urgent Care facility. The wound was EXTREMLY painful! It grew large and drained pus and blood. By November the wound was gone and I was left with a lot of time out of work, and a very nasty scar. The week of Thanksgiving I ended up with another wound on my other leg... By the end of December I had severl boils that were so large and painful I could barely walk. January 1st my insurance finally went through, and I went straight to the ER. They cultured the wounds, and it came back MRSA positive. So here is the kicker. I work in an Office with Nurses and Doctors (who work in the ICU). I am not in any way in direct care with patients.. I have been battling WC because I am being told I acquired this from the community... but my primary MD tells... read more

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Just been diagnosed...
Posted by Lizzie
Last Reply September 27, 2005 at 21:05
Started September 6, 2005 at 22:08
Have recently had a major op. Unexpected complications meant blood transfusion, extra surgery and extended stay in hospital. On the day I left the ward, had to have swab taken of 'weeping' wound'. That was Aug 26th. Today I've been told the results were positive for MRSA. Wound still not healed, taking two courses of antibiotics for related problems. Should I be really worried? I'm on my own with three young children. Pretty limited as to mobility what with umpteen stitches here there and everywhere! What should I be worried about? Would appreciate any info. Thanks.

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...if wounds are dressed properly .
Posted by Ruth Wollacott
Last Reply September 24, 2005 at 18:00
Started September 19, 2005 at 10:54
At last a man who talks sense. This is what we have been saying - if proper infection control measures are rigorously implemented, no infection will be spread, regardless of how old the hospitals are, lack of isolation rooms etc. or any of the other excuses. Even dirty visitors seem to be off the hook. Hooray!

(see link in reply 2)

Dr Jim Anson, director of infection prevention control, who took up the post 18 months ago, said

"Everybody has bugs in them but it shouldn't matter if a visitor comes in who has MRSA because if wounds are dressed properly no infection should be able to get through.

"MRSA is not the only infection problem, but by tackling that the others are dealt with as well.



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