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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.


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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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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 did’nt 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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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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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:
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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MRSA may be VRSA?
Posted by Tammy
Last Reply August 25, 2005 at 22:34
Started August 22, 2005 at 06:07
My husband has been receiving vancomycin thropugh IV for three days now, and I have just learned of the mancomycin restant strain....there is no change in husband's condition yet. How long before I can hope to see some improvement with the vancomycin?

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At last a ban on nurses uniforms in public
Posted by Maria
Last Reply August 25, 2005 at 18:44
Started August 23, 2005 at 18:39
23 August 2005
HEALTH bosses have banned district nurses from going into shops in uniform as
part of the fight against superbugs.

About 300 nurses who visit patients in their homes have been told to stay out
of commercial buildings while on duty in Sunderland.

A spokesman for Sunderland Teaching Primary Care Trust said yesterday: "The
policy is a precautionary measure and forms part of a broad approach to reduce
the risk of cross infection in primary care."

But health workers' union, Unison, urged bosses to look at the "practicalities"
of such a policy.

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Dave Jones
Posted by moya
Last Reply August 25, 2005 at 17:35
Started August 24, 2005 at 10:19
Just to let you know that as a moderator I followed the link and this is all I found.

Index of /
Name Last modified Size Description
Parent Directory 04-Aug-2005 21:22 -
cgi-bin/ 02-May-2005 14:05 -

Nothing along the lines you were implying .

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live webchat with the chairman
Posted by Bev
Last Reply August 25, 2005 at 16:27
Started August 25, 2005 at 16:27
on sat 1pm NEW YORK time 6pm LONDON time the chairman of MRSA support group who is currently over in america giving talks and chairing discussions on MRSA will be doing a live chat anyone wishing to join in MUST register before the start time and the details for all this are on the HANDS OF HOPE website you can get to that website by clicking on the link at the top of the american forum page

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In Safe Hands
Posted by Maria
Last Reply August 25, 2005 at 15:43
Started August 25, 2005 at 15:38

Keeping a clean sheet: Spurs goalkeeper Paul Robinson helps North Middlesex Hospital launch a campaign to beat MRSA

England and Spurs goalie Paul Robinson is helping North Middlesex Hospital to kick-start a campaign to beat MRSA.

The sports hero visited the hospital in Sterling Way, Edmonton, on Monday to launch its Clean Your Hands' campaign.

The campaign, arranged in conjunction with the National Patient Safety Agency, encourages the UK's NHS trusts to beat germs by urging patients, visitors and staff to regularly use alcohol hand gel at bedsides.

Posters will be on display across the hospital to help get the message across, along with photographs of staff who are lending their support to the campaign.

Chief executive Clare Panniker said: "It is vital visitors, patients and staff, get the clean hands message and I'd like to say a big thank you to Paul Robinson for being here to help us achieve this.

"We have made in-roads already with a 50 per cent reduction i... read more

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new to MRSA
Posted by Devon
Last Reply August 25, 2005 at 04:27
Started August 25, 2005 at 04:27
I just discovered I had MRSA. In April of this year I had a labial abcess that had to be drained. The I got what doctors thought was a Pilonidal abcess, for which I was hospitalized. After that i began getting small abcesses on my buttocks, abdomen and bra line. The first culture was done and came up clear. However, now I have an abcess on my inner thigh which has left a hole the size of a dime in my leg and is extremely painful. This was cultured and came back positive for MRSA. I was put on Clindamycin HCL 150mg and SMZ/TMP Double-STR, today. And am hoping this 5 month battle will soon be over. However, I'm noticing from this board that it sounds like you are all saying this is a thing I will have for the rest of my life. Is that so? My doctor did not tell me that. I'm starting to get worried.

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Maidstone/Tunbridge Wells
Posted by Stephan Butler
Last Reply August 24, 2005 at 20:24
Started August 23, 2005 at 14:50
I am a freelance journalist doing a piece about MRSA. I would be interested in hearing about peoples experiences at the Kent and Sussex or Pembury Hospitals. If you are willing to be interviewed please email me:


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