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Just Diagnosed
Posted by Ari Dennis
Last Reply September 9, 2005 at 20:42
Started September 3, 2005 at 21:55
I was just diagnosed 5 months ago and again 2 days ago. I have skin infections and routine Surgeries to remove the infected abcesses. I am currently taking the anti-biotic called Zyvoxx. My Dr. has informed me that it is the strongest and most effective treatment against MRSA. But then again he refuses to give me I.V. anti-biotics. He claims that Zyvoxx is in some cases better then the I.V. I dont know for sure. However, some of my symptoms include heartburn 24 hours a day, muscle soreness, stiff neck, night sweats, and lithergy, and fever and headaches. My Dr. told me all these are included in the benefits package for this disease.
I dont know how I got it. I do have alot of Tattoo's and used an I.V. drug once,yes,once. I dont have Hep C or lyme and am not HIV or AIDS positive, I know because since first diagnosed I now feel like a pin cushion for the lab. I was just hoping to get some feedback from someone who may have a positive light to share about it. Ive been clean off of dr... read more

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My mother's inquest
Posted by Laura Probert
Last Reply September 9, 2005 at 17:46
Started September 9, 2005 at 14:24
On sept 15th I have to attend my mother's inquest. She died in January after 3 months in hospital suffering from MRSA contracted during a hip replacement operation in October 2004. She was cleared of MRSA two weeks before she died but by then the damage was done and she had been weakened beyond endurance. MRSA was not listed as a contributing cause on the interim death certificate but my brother and I want to make sure that it is included. Anyone had similar experience or can suggest questions to ask next week.

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22 yrs old MRSA
Posted by bob
Last Reply September 9, 2005 at 15:46
Started September 9, 2005 at 15:25
i am waiting on the culture to come back but my dermatologist says i have MRSA. i am very nervous and fear the worst.
i have an open wound on my left hand and one on my lower back. both are about dime sized wounds with pus and swelling. i also keep them covered very well. my main question is about the spread of MRSA. i have been sleeping next to my girlfriend for 4 days now before i found out i have a contagious bacteria. She shows no signs of MRSA infection. Is it a definate that she would contract the bacteria from being so close to it? I have even spent a few days around her with no bandages on thinking that i should let my wounds breath. suggestions and comments welcome. thanks

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how infectious
Posted by N BIrch
Last Reply September 8, 2005 at 10:04
Started September 8, 2005 at 09:52
My father was in hospital a few weeks ago and was diagnosed with pleurisies, pneumonia and a chest infection and was sent home after a few days.

He has also been suffering from what he was told was a bad form of eczema for a few years which now treatments work for.

Then a few weeks ago he received a letter saying that the treatments werenít working as he had MRSA, and he was given different medication.

The other day he collapsed and was taken to hospital again, at first he was in an open assessment ward for several hours (even though he had told them he had MRSA)

He was then put in an isolation cubicle and signs put saying that he was infectious. They have now done a full screening to check if it has spread into his body but he hasnít had any results yet.

I had had my 7-month-old baby around him in the assessment ward and was told that I could take her into the cubicle but not her pram, which I found odd.

We havenít seen him since as I have kept her away but I am w... read more

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corruption and proof
Posted by bev
Last Reply September 8, 2005 at 08:02
Started September 4, 2005 at 18:40
#reply 168 (products forum ) went to have a look at that page and was disgusted to see that part of their HAI team includes stuart bramley and this is what he has had to say he has got MRSA cases stopped via legal aid !! in other words we already knew legal adi was knocking back cases and here is the proof !!!! and they tell us that there is no corruption going on




Stuart Bramley is an Associate Solicitor at Bevan Brittan LLP

Stuart has been handling MRSA and MSSA claims since they first arose and dealt with the first case in the UK to go to trial.
Stuart has successfully defended a number of HAI claims and has represented Trusts and health bodies at about a dozen inquests where MRSA was a cause of death, with not one resulting in a critical verdict by the Coroner.
Stuart has given a number of lectures about infection claims and written a number of articles for Bevan Brittanís Claims online publication. In addition, Stuart jointly drafted a letter which the NHSLA now... read more

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MRSA and pregnancy
Posted by Ruth
Last Reply September 6, 2005 at 20:12
Started April 12, 2005 at 16:28
I am 11 weeks pregnant and work as a home carer. I work with three people who have MRSA one of which has an open wound. Does anyone know if my baby is at risk from this?

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My Dad
Posted by Debbie
Last Reply September 6, 2005 at 20:09
Started September 5, 2005 at 21:12
My dad aged 74 was admitted to hospital with a stroke just over a fortnight ago and has been making some slow progress
over the past few days he has had a high teperature and today we have been told that he has MRSA in his blood and they are awaiting the results of swabs from his nose and mouth etc I am so worried and don't know what the prognosis is likely to be for someone who is already frail due to the stroke (Dad can't swallow and has had GI tubes which he continues to pull out ) I feel even worse as I live at the other end of the country and only left him a couple of days ago when he seemed to be showing improvement as I'm a teacher and term was starting(My bro lives nearby thank goodness!) Now I have a cold so don't dare visit in case I pass that on aaargh! can anyone offer advice about how dangerous MRSA is to someone in Dad's condition?
Thanks

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Who do we n.h.trust
Posted by jamie
Last Reply September 6, 2005 at 15:07
Started September 4, 2005 at 22:20
I have mrsa cotracted through a simple 15 minute op.
But i also have 15 years of dialasys and 3 kidney transplants from the age of 5 i am now aged 36 married and have a son witch the medical proffesion said was not possible. They also gave me hell because 3 month ago i questioned there profesion and went to my local paper with my storey. On my next visit they asked me if i would like to change hospitals maybe bacause i was a threat.
Dr Nurses just keep hiding behind the name NHS because they can just like the medical profesion can strike off prof medows who actualy saved my life.

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WOUND ON CHILD HEAD
Posted by LISA
Last Reply September 5, 2005 at 21:38
Started September 5, 2005 at 16:40
MY SON HIT HIS HEAD A YEAR AND HALF AGO A ABSCESS FORMED AND HE HAD TO GO INTO HOSPITAL TO GET IT REMOVE THEN HE CAUGH MRSA IN THE HOSPITAL. HE GOT THE ALL CLEAR FROM MRSA BUT STIL HAS A HEAD WOUND WHICH IS NOT HEALING.HE STIL ATTEND HOSPITAL AND IS ON A WAITIN LIST FOR ANOTHER OPERATION WHICH IS WORRYING AS HE MIGHT CATCH MRSA AGAIN

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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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