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Why?
Posted by Bishop
Last Reply September 5, 2005 at 20:47
Started September 5, 2005 at 19:00
This morning I posted some things about myself in this forum and someone deleted the whole thing. Why would you do that? They were clearly questions about needing help with dealing with my diagnosis and you blatently got rid of it. Is this a free forum for questions for the people or merely another form of control by some who has the power to push out their opinion again by deleting what they think doesnt fit??
Please for anyone to just answer my question,,, will I have the MRSA for the rest of my life? Will my unborn child be affected? How strict is the guideline in giving MRSA to someone else?
US Bishop

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THIS STINKS....UNBELIEVABLE!!!!
Posted by Dave
Last Reply September 4, 2005 at 14:37
Started August 28, 2005 at 07:33
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2087-1753892,00.html

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Glamorgan course on hospital infections
Posted by Ruth Wollacott
Last Reply September 4, 2005 at 09:51
Started September 3, 2005 at 15:16
http://icwales.icnetwork.co.uk/0100news/health/tm_objectid=15926644%26method=full%26siteid=50082%26headline=glamorgan%2dcourse%2don%2dhospital%2dinfections-name_page.html

So now you can get a degree in handwashing.

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Todays Times
Posted by Phip
Last Reply September 4, 2005 at 08:58
Started September 3, 2005 at 15:53
Have a look at this:
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,1072-1762312,00.html

This "talented" journalist has even had time to waste working out a patronising acronym for MRSA. So many of the "examples" she gives to illustrate her claim of moral panic over MRSA seem to miss the point. If we go out and drink, we choose to drink. If we then elect to drive after having a drink, that again is our own choice. But when we go into hospital we don't have agency over whether the nursing or theatre staff have follwed infeciton control policy. Articles like this make my blood boil - this lady obviously has no idea of the devastation that MRSA brings to affected families.

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Derriford Hospital
Posted by Phip
Last Reply September 3, 2005 at 22:20
Started September 2, 2005 at 14:44
I just found this article below on todays News pages on the BBC website and I'm finding this hard to stomach. This is the hospital where 18 months ago my Dad died from MRSA. These are all issues I have previously bought up with the Chief Exec and been told were standard procedure already, yet today 01/09/05 they are making it sound like they are going out of their way to "tackle superbug". The measures they are suggesting don't go far enough as it is, yet I can only assume this press release has been done as a PR move in light of the C.D. scare to try and allay fears. Can it really be that in the 18 months since Dad died nothing has changed within the walls of Derriford Hospital?

"New measures to tackle superbug

The hospital trust had 64,500 in-patients in 2003/2004
Plymouth's Derriford Hospital is tightening up rules for visitors as part of efforts to tackle superbugs.
Morning visiting is being stopped in most wards except by arrangement with the ward sister or nurse... read more

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mrsa
Posted by vic
Last Reply September 3, 2005 at 21:04
Started September 3, 2005 at 21:04
MY died last september the 13th from being in the hospital from this and his first diagnosis was a horrid but not life theatening GBS (Guillan barries syndrome). It's nearly a year now and I cannot get out of my head the detiriation that slowly went on and this started when he had an operation on his stomach while he was kept in hospital for the four months until he died. The wound was kept open throughout his hospitalisation , and he contracted MRSA. I have to admit that this discussion board is abit of an outlet, because, we got close when he first got ill. But he deteriated even more because they left the wound open but covered in some see through plastic seal. They told us that the Mrsa had gone ( he was in intensive care since the first day he got there)he had with the Mrsa had pnomonia and was on a dialiysis machine. We was told he had MRSA when he passed away. Clueless if this was the origional Mrsa or not. We do not know why or how.In intensive care (intwo different hospital... read more

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TIMES ARTICLE FROM 2 YEARS AGO...
Posted by Dave
Last Reply September 3, 2005 at 14:40
Started August 30, 2005 at 16:09
WHAT HAS CHANGED...NOTHING.

http://www.minettemarrin.com/minettemarrin/2003/12/the_bug_thats_r.html

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Personal Responsibility in Hospital
Posted by Owen
Last Reply September 3, 2005 at 14:24
Started August 2, 2005 at 19:07
Hiya. Please could someone outline all the steps I should follow to stay MRSA clear when I'm admitted for surgery in two weeks. A conscise guideline for patients would be great.

Thanks.

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HAND WASHING
Posted by conart
Last Reply September 3, 2005 at 09:04
Started August 30, 2005
Can it really be true that our health workers do not wash their hands?.............Basic training surely......MRSA and other hospital bugs our bigger than that.....But if its true that our health service has broken down that much then try the European courts!!!....

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MRSA
Posted by Paul Midcalf
Last Reply September 2, 2005 at 15:10
Started September 1, 2005 at 23:27
My fiance's grandmother was admitted to the Heart Hospital in London to have a pacemaker fitted. However she had complications and at the moment is a in a stable but not a very good condition. Obviously she is on quite a lot of medication and they have put her in a room of her own. However it turns out that this week the hospital have said they suspect that she has contracted MRSA. Aparantly this is suppose to be one of the top heart hospitals in the world so how is this possible and how can we be sure that if they have let MRSA spread, that they are doing the best to treat her. What are the risk to the grandmother and is simply placing her in a single room and not an isolation ward enough to prevent further spreading of the disease

Paul Midcalf

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The BBC investigates
Posted by Maria
Last Reply September 1, 2005 at 10:35
Started August 22, 2005 at 06:49
The team investigates

We selected 10 hospitals around the country with some of the highest reported rates of MRSA and carried out secret dipslide tests for bacteria levels. Our experts incubated the slides at 37 degrees - human body temperature - so that anything that showed up would be human-derived.

As MRSA is spread through contact, we concentrated our efforts on heavy traffic areas such as waiting areas, floors, toilets and corridors.

In order to check our test, we also took 'control' samples from other public areas such as trains, buses, tubes, bars, theatres and public lavatories. All the hospitals were dirtier than the control areas. However, of the hospitals we tested, one had contamination levels that were far higher than the rest - Queen Mary's in Sidcup, Kent.

So, we sent in an undercover reporter to work as a contract cleaner at Queen Mary's to investigate what was going on. Although the cleaning company, Sodexho, say they take training "very seriously", our... read more

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roll call of hidden victims/petition plea
Posted by Bev
Last Reply September 1, 2005 at 10:32
Started July 23, 2005 at 10:20


I decided to start another thread regarding the ROLL CALL OF HIDDEN VICTIMS this time combining it with a call for names for a PETITION

On Wednesday 20th July Moya phoned me to discuss a meeting she was going to on Friday with her MP Geoff Hoon, we then hit on the zany idea of handing him over a PETITION regarding MRSA and the fact we wanted him to take it to the house as he is leader of the house.

Working crazily for 24 hours we managed to get a total of 1049 names, thanks greatly to Phip, Derek, Linda and Maria who helped swell the numbers

Mr Hoon condescendingly told Moya it didnt matter how many names we handed over to him that we would never achieve anything as they firmly believed there was nothing to discuss. He suggested that she approach her MP the stupid buffoon he is her MP - another suggestion was to go to the opposition party which we had already done on 28th June in a meeting with Michael Howard/Andrew Lansley and were told by Michael Howard at tha... read more

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mrsa
Posted by Bev
Last Reply August 31, 2005 at 21:41
Started July 18, 2005 at 13:56
i am starting a new discussion as the replys are getting too long, i thank all of you precious people for taking your time a replying to my comments even though they probably do not make much sence as i am slightly more qualified and understand the concepts to a higher level


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MRSA POSITIVE
Posted by Yvonne
Last Reply August 30, 2005 at 17:52
Started August 28, 2005 at 04:38
My three year old daughter shelly was born in january 2002 at the paisley maternity she was also born 10 weeks early so she was rushed in to the special baby care unit as she was there until she was 12 weeks old but when she was 4 weeks old it was a satuarday so the nurse that was looking after shelly came over to me and said that shelly was to get a blood transfusion tomorrow so when i went back to the hospital the next day to see shelly she had the needle in the back of her right hand for the blood transfusion as the transfusion had just started about 5 minutes before i had got there so when i went back up to see her later on that night shelly had a plaster on her hand and then when i went back up the following day she had a white dot on her hand where the needle had been put in but when i went back up to see shelly the next day and that was a tuesday at lunch time so after i washed my hands i went over to shelly's cot as i went to lift her out i saw a masive puse on her right han... read more

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A CURE for MRSA (?)
Posted by Steve
Last Reply August 30, 2005 at 02:06
Started August 21, 2005 at 13:10
Somebody wanted to know if Phage Therapy cures MRSA. I will let you know when I've done it. Meanwhile the link is very encouraging:
www.phagetherapycenter.com
or
www.phageinternational.com
There is a link from there to this Forum. I would like to see a link from this Forum back to the above.

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Can anyone help!
Posted by Craig Astley
Last Reply August 29, 2005 at 04:06
Started August 11, 2005 at 17:41
Hi everyone, just found the site today and i have found it very informative. I was admitted to hospital with an infected insect bite which had developed into an abcess on July 7th, it was drained and i went home the next day with no antibiotics, back in hospital on the 10th with the wound leaking heavily and a lot of pain, they operated again and sent me home on the 11th again with no antibiotics or questions asked why i needed to come back so soon. As soon as the painkillers wore off i was in agony again and when the District Nurse came to see me on the 12th to change my dressing the most awful smell came from the wound. Believe it or not she told me to see how it was in the morning. I went to my Doctors first thing next morning where she proceeded to tell me i was now MRSA positive and that i had to go back to hospital staight away. I had my third operation in a week and was left with a hole 2.5 inches across and 3 inches deep in my bottom where it should have been a simple cut an... read more

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no supplies to clean MRSA Patient
Posted by sad now ill nurse
Last Reply August 28, 2005 at 21:52
Started August 26, 2005 at 23:05
I worked for the NHS I had one child with MRSA in his stoma site, he was feed by Gastrostomy,we worked in a respite, the parents were supose to bring in dressings mouth swobs, but this didnt happen I asked my masnager if we could have some supplies as we had nothing to clean this wound or mouth swobs to clean the mouth My manager said the parents should bring them in and there was no buget this is still happening, was i beeing unreanable was i asking too much, please give me your opinion, should the NHs provide Emergency supplies in case parents forget or just dont bring them in, or should we just leave the child/patients wound unattended to become worst?

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pet mrsa
Posted by peter ashton
Last Reply August 28, 2005 at 06:16
Started August 1, 2005
i've heard that mrsa can be passed onto pet's
is this in any way true?

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Cleanliness in Hospital
Posted by Simon
Last Reply August 27, 2005 at 18:05
Started August 22, 2005 at 12:39
My wife was admitted to an NHS hospital just before Christmas, and what we saw there was very concerning.

A lady in the next bed was diagnosed with MRSA and moved to a side ward. As nurses stripped down her bed, one turned to my wife and asked her if she needed another blanket ! When my wife said that the lady had contracted MRSA, the nurse said 'Ah she have MSRA' and carried on.

Two nurses then removed the infected mattress and propped it up in the communal toilet, where anyone using the facility would inevitably come into contact with it.

A cleaning team then came into the ward. The first lady mopped the floor with washing up liquid, while another walked over it to dust down shelves and window sills. As she was doing so, another cleaner appeared and dusted the curtain tops, brushing dust onto the 'cleaned' areas.

They failed to miss a bllod-stained tubigrip bandage above my wife's head, as they had for at least the previous month, judging by the dried blood on it.

T... read more

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MRSA and steroids
Posted by Jeanette
Last Reply August 26, 2005 at 18:09
Started August 26, 2005 at 10:08
I have MS and am getting over a relapse for which I am on large doses of steroids, firstly IV now orally.
I was first diagnosed with MRSA afer a hospital stay in February, then got 3 clear results after antibiotics. However I was MRSA screened last week and got the results yesterday, positive for perineal area and nostrils. I am so so scared, I know the steroids are greatly lowering my immune system and now i have MRSa which would seem to be a pretty lethal combination. My GP seems to think the MRSA will just go away in its own time. what should I do???

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