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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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Posted by Dave
Last Reply October 1, 2005 at 15:35
Started September 30, 2005 at 17:31

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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

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

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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MRSA out of control
Posted by Bev
Last Reply September 23, 2005 at 07:45
Started September 23, 2005 at 07:45
in the daily mail this morning front page news ~ MRSA OUT OF CONTROL ~ really backs what we have been saying for months ~ the government for all their promises and proposals and talks still have not got their act together and got anything done about the ever growing problem ~ it is reported in the paper that patients going into our hospitals are now 40 times more likely to contract the bug i reckon thats underestimated ~ the NHS are claiming due to staff shortages, lack of bed space patients are being sent home have contracted the bug but not detected at time of being sent home

SEARCH AND DESTROY is the only answer they have sat on the fences long enough with all the talking ~ they even told us their is a new health bill going thru the house at the minute ~ turns out the new health bill is not even on the agenda for parliament and as we have found out the agenda for parliment is set for the next 12 months already ~so the new health bill that they firmly promised us will never ... read more

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hear we go again
Posted by linda mccafferty
Last Reply September 21, 2005 at 06:20
Started September 16, 2005 at 22:50
hello everybody, just to let you's know my sister now has M.R.S.A. my sister had surgery a month ago and has just been told today she has contracted M.R.S.A. (i mean to say a month it has took them) even though her wound is all opened leaking pus from the day she got her staples out, she also has pneumonia, i phoned her district nurse today after my sister told me, and she appoligised because its been over a month since her wound was swabbed and sent to the lab. she said she is quite happy with my sisters wound and she is not accquired(what does that mean)anybody please! i asked what strain my sister had and she said she could not tell me that, my sister is at home getting daily dressings done by nurses. just out of hospital last week because of pneumonia, and they dident know she had it (who are they kidding) keeps getting bloods done which are still not right, to go back on monday for them to get done again. so now do i not only have a mother lying in hospital with M.R.S.A, but ... read more

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sister and i just diagnosed
Posted by deidra goodman
Last Reply September 19, 2005 at 08:22
Started September 18, 2005 at 22:53
my sister and i were just diagnosed with mrsa. neither one of us has had any operations lately. Mine started about 7 months ago and i have suffered with 29 boils since then. The hospital i went to didn't even take a culture. it took my sister and maybe my daughter having these boils on them to get someone to notice. now i not only have these sores i also have bronchittis. i am looking for anyone that can help me understand what is going on. why are the health systems overlooking such a terrible disease? what makes it worse is that my sister and i both are insulin dependent diabetics. if anyone can help me understand this disease please i need your help!

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Search and Destroy
Posted by Maria
Last Reply September 17, 2005 at 09:43
Started September 15, 2005 at 23:07
MRSA Learning from the Best conference

The Netherlands has had major success in keeping MRSA out of its hospitals.

One of the leading places for developing effective strategies to achieve this is the Erasmus University Medical Centre in Rotterdam.

In 2002, at a neighbouring hospital, there was a sudden increase in the cases of MRSA among patients and healthcare workers, rising from an average of 400 to 1,200 cases. One of the main causes was the introduction of a new strain of MRSA. But it was not recognised as MRSA and in 2002 it, and other strains, were detected elsewhere.

At the 1,200-bed Erasmus Medical Centre University Hospital , there were about 20 positive cases of MRSA per year. In 2002 this rose to 70.

Now in 2004 there is no MRSA in the outbreak hospital and other incidents are quickly eradicated using search and destroy.

"This is proof that you can come from a high endemic level then to hardly any MRSA. Many cultures are now taken from patients a... read more

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truth revealed
Posted by Bev
Last Reply September 16, 2005 at 09:04
Started September 15, 2005 at 12:19
since 11th june 2003 i have been fighting the pennine trust ~ my mum went into that hell hole of fairfield general/pennine trust on 6th may 2003 with a perfectly treatable condition of gout !

a history of illness meant the family knew my mum became dehyrated very quickly but of course the 'wonderful' nursing staff who knew better refused to put up IV fluids ~ the family persisted in their calls for fluid monitoring and the like and on 23rd may 2003 my mum suffered renal failure transferred to ICU ~ emergency op 29th may where we were told for the 4th time in the period of hospitalisation that she may not make it ~ she did ! ~ she always was a fighter ~

1st june tranferred to ward 14 where we were informed she had this little of no concern infection MRSA ~ that was the only information the 'wonderful' healthcare staff imparted with us nothing else no implications nor were we asked to wear gloves or gowns ~ 20 hours later back in ICU and in a coma on life support 11th june 200... read more

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Posted by lee turnbull
Last Reply September 15, 2005 at 22:29
Started September 15, 2005 at 13:39
hi i had hamstring replacement surgery on my left knee due to ruptured cruciat ligaments around three weeks ago. i had four wounds, three of which have cleared up but one stayed weepy, today i was told my wound has a mrsa infection, the doctor says he thinks it'll clear up but all i know about the infection is that if the antibiotics don't work the bug can spread! im 23 and healthy i dont smoke take drugs and rareley drink and i have a good diet. but i am worrying allot, what are the chances of me dying? i dont know if this is a silly question or not. all views and information would be most appreciated please. thankyou

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well done mavis
Posted by BEV
Last Reply September 15, 2005 at 20:22
Started September 14, 2005 at 14:12
Grieving mum in undercover MRSA probe Sep 14 2005

By Michael Youds, Northwich Chronicle

A GRIEVING Winsford mother was one of a 100-strong army of superbug victims that went undercover to expose 'shameful' hygiene standards in UK hospitals.

Mavis Law, of Beckenham Grove, Winsford, lost her son Colin, 32, to MRSA in 2003 when he contracted the infection at Birmingham's Queen Elizabeth Hospital. He had been in hospital for a routine operation.

Mavis has been campaigning to raise awareness of the superbug ever since, and was asked by BBC bosses to take part in the undercover investigation which will form part of a documentary.

The team of volunteers posed as cleaners to gain access to the worst-hit hospitals, wearing hired uniforms and brandishing mops.

Despite turning up unannounced, they were ignored by security staff as they witnessed shocking conditions.

Mavis, 65, told the Chronicle: 'Some of the things I saw were shocking.

'It was lax, d... read more

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Posted by sharron ruddy
Last Reply September 15, 2005 at 16:11
Started September 4, 2005 at 14:02
i was in hosoital in june 29th 2005 had a gastric banding op and was discharged after 2 days sent home on the sunday and was not very well had the doctor out on the monday said it was a infection and on the tuesday just the same not very well got up on the wednesday to have shower and blood started pouring out of my wound went to hospital they opened my two wonds drained them and sent me back home now on the thursday went to go to toilet and fainted and was rushed back in to hospital it was not until the sat that they told me i had mrsa and in total i was in hospital two weeks and it was not very nice i would like to no if it will be the same again as i am going back into hospital to have my port put back in and i am very worried about this please could someone let me no if this kind if thing has happened to them thanks.

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Our families loss
Posted by Lorraine Hedges
Last Reply September 15, 2005 at 13:15
Started September 15, 2005 at 11:32
Our Father died on 30th August 2005, this is our experience.
Dad had been feeling a little unwell with a bad back pain, it became so bad that we called an ambulance from Queen Mary`s Hospital Sidcup. He was taken into casaulty and had the routine blood taken, urine samples etc, he was then sent home the same day with antibiotics and strong pain killers and we was told he had an urine infection.
The following day dad became worse and was taken back into hospital and was placed in the assesment ward.
We was then told that he may have had kidney stones which could easily be lasered away, he was taken for xrays which showed nothing.
He was kept in overnight, on friday morning dad went to the bathroom where he collapsed to the floor, he`s legs had given way, he told us he pulled the emergency cord but no-one came so he had to dragged hiself out into the corridoor where he was found by a nurse.
That day he was then transferred onto a cardiac ward where he had to be hoisted into the b... read more

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