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Posted by Andrew Platts
Last Reply August 4, 2005 at 20:35
Started August 2, 2005 at 18:13
Bev,

Your comment on my previous posting is true, but before you can get here you have to go to the homepage. Anyone with an interest in this subject would probably visit the links page, believing it to be a source of helpful information, which some of it is. You cannot seperate the connection between the forum and the links. The companies that advertise there do so for commercial gain and they do so by attracting MRSA Sufferers and their Dependants by virtue of linking to the MRSA support group page. It doesn't particular bother me but there is no point in hiding it or trying to excuse it. If these companies pay for their links or pay a commission on sales to the operators of this site then that may be a different matter to consider and the question may be worth asking. If what you are trying to suggest is that this forum is a seperate entity to the MRSA support site then it should be operated as such. I have spoken with a number of people that post here and it has been suggeste... read more

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Audit of hospital cleanliness
Posted by Maria
Last Reply August 4, 2005 at 14:03
Started August 2, 2005 at 07:55
The Healthcare Commission will carry out a brief audit of hospital cleanliness over the summer of 2005. This is in response to the recent and widespread concern expressed about the state of cleanliness in hospitals in England. Much of this concern comes from the patients and the public who use the hospitals, but it has also featured regularly in the local and national media.

The audit will consist of inspections of a sample of acute, community and mental health hospitals, in both the NHS and independent sectors. The inspections will consider the cleanliness of areas accessed by patients and the public, which can include wards, outpatient areas and accident and emergency departments. This audit will not specifically consider healthcare associated infection but will link to a longer term review of this subject.

In order for this exercise to be credible to patients and the public, the visits will be unannounced, with no specific arrangements with organisations made in advance. T... read more

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MRSA policy
Posted by Jude
Last Reply August 3, 2005 at 23:56
Started August 3, 2005 at 03:46
I work in a day-stay facility and need to write a policy for MRSA. I can only find info on facilities that are overnight, long-term, etc. Alot of the principles don't apply to us, our patients are only with us for up to 4 hours, and we do not have rooms where we can isolate them. Can anybody advise me where I can find information on writing a policy that is appropiate for my place of work.

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MRSA & Public Pools - Its time to use Logic!
Posted by Stef Diamond
Last Reply August 2, 2005 at 19:45
Started August 2, 2005 at 08:45
BILL R. WROTE: (when someone stated that you probably couldnt catch MRSA from a pool)

"...At the risk of not being politically correct; but I have failed to find a better way of saying it: In the regulatory-public health science world too often it is the blind leading those who don't want to see - that is why there have been so many regulatory-scientific misadventures - IT IS A TIME TO BE HUMBLE AND APOLOGIZE! ..."




AMEN TO THAT BILL R!!....Well said, well said with much else you have stated on this topic else where!

This is very serious and we need to arm ourselves with logic:

When are people going to learn to stop asking the so called pro's for answers that are pretty much now becoming common sense..?
Use your own judgement for Godz sakes!
Why be some what safe when you can just be extremely safe?

Why risk your LIFE by getting in a (unfamiliar) PUBLIC POOL and having no worries what so ever all because you called somewhere and some lady at the other end cla... read more

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Declared interest
Posted by Andrew Platts
Last Reply August 2, 2005 at 17:13
Started July 31, 2005 at 12:34
In early March of this year my father was admitted to the Northern General Hospital in Sheffield. He was very ill and had been for some time. Despite his difficulties he was mentally active, humorous and very alive. He was, by any measure, a wonderful man and I loved him with all my heart. Within a very short time indeed he deteriorated and although he was discharged, by the time he came home he was bedridden and a shadow of the man he had been prior to admission. His condition worsened to such a degree that he was admitted again. We were told that his deterioration was due to the fact that he had 'picked up and infection'. He was administered high doses of antibiotics which had no effect whatsoever. Within a very short time indeed it became apparent that this was his last act of defiance and as the infection gripped him he slowly lost most of his cognative function apart from his instinctive reactions. He became very distressed at his condition and me, my two brothers, and in parti... read more

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National Petition for Government Action
Posted by Bev
Last Reply August 2, 2005 at 14:17
Started July 26, 2005 at 16:30
Last week we started a petition to get the Government to listen to our concerns over the growing number of people contracting MRSA needlessly in our hospitals. By Thursday evening we had raised over 1100 names and still the Leader of the House Geoff Hoon refused to even give one of our members the time of day. His answer was we would never get the issue raised in Parliament.

This GOVERNMENT is only in DOWNING STREET down to the POWER OF THE PEOPLE that elected them. It is about time this Government listened now to what the PEOPLE are saying.


You do not need to have contracted MRSA to be affected by the devastating consequences, ANYONE who has had a family member or friend has a right to ask that the Government sit up and take notice and do something about it now before many many more people have their lives ripped apart by it.

Anyone at all can sign the petition and if you wish for a copy of the Official Petition Form then please contact me at swampduck24@hotmail.co.... read more

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prometics
Posted by fk
Last Reply August 2, 2005 at 10:39
Started August 1, 2005 at 12:09
has anyone heard of new 'prometics' product
available in hospitals or pharmacy?
possibly supermarkets??
supposed to be clearly effective vs. mrsa etc and skin conditions like psorisis

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Nightingale UVGI units
Posted by conart
Last Reply August 2, 2005 at 08:06
Started August 1, 2005 at 18:51
After reading the following article can anyone understand why the NHS are not using them to help fight agaisnt hospital bugs, including MRSA, TB, SARS, and others... http://www.hdmagazine.co.uk/story.asp?storyCode=2024729

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Health Protection Agency Recommend Action
Posted by Maria
Last Reply August 1, 2005 at 13:01
Started July 29, 2005 at 07:55
Health Protection Agency - Rapid Review Panel
Findings and Recommendations Published 28 July 2005

In July 2004, at the request of the DoH, the HPA established a rapid review panel to evaluate products, materials and techniques that could be used to help prevent the spread of healthcare acquired infections (HCAIs). The review panel has focused its investigations on five key areas that cover all methods of transmission of HCAIs within the hospital environment:

Cleaning, disinfection and decontamination
Fabrics in healthcare
Hand cleansing
Air decontamination
Other technical products including new medical equipment and techniques

Products reviewed have included disinfectant wipes, wall surface coatings, anti-fungal solutions, nursing uniforms, disposable cubicle curtains, hand-washing systems, sanitisers, air purification units and catheters.

The panel has looked at more than 80 products and recommendations on further action have been sent to the DoH. Examples of pro... read more

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Cleaning standards
Posted by Interested Observor
Last Reply July 31, 2005 at 11:56
Started July 27, 2005 at 16:25
Standard principles describes infection control precautions that can be applied by all health care practitioners to the care of all hospital in-patients, as the first level of isolation precautions. Following a content analysis of current United Kingdom (UK) infection prevention guidance, standard principles was divided into six study fields:

# hospital environmental hygiene;

# hand hygiene;

# personal protective equipment;

# universal precautions;

# use and disposal of sharps;

# standard isolation precautions.

The processes for developing evidence-based guidelines for standard principles for the prevention of hospital-acquired infections are there but we will not defeat the current problem until all of these proceedures are in place and followed rigerously. Hand washing alone will not overcome the current problem.

We need to pressure the government in everyway possible to make sure that these happen and we are not given just 'lip service'.

If anyone... read more

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Germ Ward-fare
Posted by Maria
Last Reply July 30, 2005 at 11:35
Started July 28, 2005 at 07:51
Programme 4 - Tuesday August 2 2005
Tuesday’s episode of WEST EYE VIEW puts hospital-acquired infection - ‘super bugs’ like MRSA and Clostridium Difficile - under the microscope. The programme investigates how these bugs have infested hospitals across the West and asks if the authorities are doing enough to protect the health of patients, staff and visitors.

In 1859, Florence Nightingale decreed the very first requirement of a hospital was that it should do the sick no harm. This belief remains a fundamental tenet of the modern National Health Service. However, the explosion of super bugs like Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) now threatens to undermine this age-old principle.

In ‘Germ Ward-fare’ producer Michelle Maynard investigates disturbing discrepancies between the official number of cases of MRSA and the actual numbers of patients affected. The programme investigates the effectiveness of the mandatory reporting scheme for bloodstream MRSA infections i... read more

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vrsa
Posted by bikerbabe
Last Reply July 29, 2005 at 13:50
Started July 28, 2005 at 09:12
I just read about vrsa (vancomycin resistant). I'm now wondering if that may be what i have, as i was on vanco for 6 wks and for the past two months have been on a nasty tablet called rifampicin, but i've still got the infection which has spread from my knee to my groin. Has anyone heard of this or have any info on it. I'd be greatful for any infon anyone may have.

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Patient wins landmark pay-out for MRSA
Posted by Maria
Last Reply July 29, 2005 at 10:55
Started July 21, 2005 at 14:33
Patient wins landmark pay-out for MRSA Jul 21 2005

Madeleine Brindley, Western Mail

THE NHS could be deluged with claims from patients who have caught the superbug MRSA on Welsh wards, after a Welsh woman won a landmark case.

Kitty Cope won "substantial damages" in an out-of-court settlement after the Princess of Wales Hospital, in Bridgend, accepted that it ignored its own infection control policies.

It failed to implement basic hygiene rules designed to stop the spread of the hospital superbug MRSA, like washing hands between patients, when Mrs Cope, 87, was admitted for a routine hip replacement four years ago.

Although there have been previous settlements in claims of inadequate treatment of MRSA, this is thought to be the first case where a hospital has admitted the actual contraction of an MRSA infection was avoidable.

The settlement could open the floodgates for other patients, who have suffered serious injuries, where there is evidence they caught MRSA bec... read more

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MRSA IN MY 4 YEAR OLD DAUGHTER
Posted by carolyn from Australia
Last Reply July 28, 2005 at 20:57
Started June 25, 2005 at 07:05
My daughter started out with a carbuncle of boils which the docotor i went and took her to see, put on an anesthetic to numb the area and it didn't work so they gave her an injection anesthetic and it still didn't work so they were cutting her open while the anesthetic wasn't obviously working, my poor daughter was screaming in a way i never had seen a child scream my mother inlaw was with me and we were crying so had to see a child in pain after half an hour of my daughter screaming, the doctor had then said and i quote "i don't know what i am doing! you are going to have to take her to the hospital to get it scrapped!" i was shell shocked, i took to the hospital and they had told me that everything was ok, so i went home and they gave me a phone call two days later saying i had to come back down to change her medication because she had contracted the golden staph infection, so i went back and waited three hours before someone would see her, we got the new prescription and went bac... read more

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Media black out??
Posted by NML
Last Reply July 28, 2005 at 20:35
Started July 27, 2005 at 01:20
It seems to me the U.K. media puts out a lot of information on hospital infections and MRSA -

try

http://tahilla.typepad.com/mrsawatch/headlines/index.html or

http://www.mrsawatch.co.uk - should give you the same website.

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Prevention better than cure
Posted by Dr John Richmond
Last Reply July 26, 2005 at 13:13
Started July 21, 2005 at 16:58
I have just read the article regarding the payment of compensation by a hospital to the lady that contracted an MRSA infection.
When will they learn.
Using approved products and adopting responsible practices is always the best way.
'Twas always going to be thus.
How much is this going to cost now.

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Newly Diagnosed
Posted by Tru
Last Reply July 26, 2005 at 07:26
Started April 19, 2005 at 20:34
I was told by my GP on Friday that i have MRSA in both my ears, i have had chronic infections for the last 2 years after reconstructive surgery, i wasn't told what i do from here though, the only thing i was told was to let my consultant know which i have done but they were totally uninterested.
Can anyone advise me of what should be happening re treatment, also my husband is diabetic and has liver disease and i would hate to pass this onto him too.
Thanks in advance

Tru

I am in Mansfield Notts UK

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Lucky Sedgefield goes first!
Posted by Maria
Last Reply July 25, 2005 at 23:37
Started July 24, 2005 at 13:03
New patient safety solution for Sedgefield PCT
A new reporting system called Sentinel is helping to improve patient safety at Sedgefield Primary Care Trust — the first NHS organisation in the country to go live with the technology.

Since its installation in 2003, staff have been using the technology to help identify problems that arise, including patient safety incidents and near misses. Consequently, the PCT has been able to carefully monitor incidents and risk trends in a more timely way than the old-fashioned paper-based system. Problems that are highlighted can then be dealt with quickly and efficiently, resulting in improved services and patient care.

Dr Alyson Learmouth, Director of Public Health for Sedgefield PCT, says: “This new system makes it easier and quicker to report incidents. As a result, we are able to learn from incidents and take action to ensure that similar things don’t happen again. This improves patient safety.”

The PCT has been working closely with... read more

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antibacterial gel
Posted by Tracey
Last Reply July 25, 2005 at 18:51
Started July 24, 2005 at 20:39
Hi everyone. My 6 year old son has had MRSA for four years. We have tried every treatment available, including Vancomycin (I think thats how you spell it!!!!) Every time we go into hospital or are admitted, we have to use the special antibacterial hand gel. On admission, whenever I left his isolated room, I had to use the gel to kill the MRSA. When leaving the hospital I was given a big canister to use. Can anyone explain to me why we cannot just use this to eradicate the bug by covering our bodies with it x times a day? I obviously realise that MRSA lives in the nose, but why can't we use it there too. I never really seem to get an answer from any doctor I ask.

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Manuka Honey
Posted by bikerbabe
Last Reply July 23, 2005 at 23:22
Started July 23, 2005 at 19:18
I would just like to email that there is a web site that offers Manuka Honey 20+umf, in a jar for £18 which is the cheapest and highest umf i've found so far.

The website is: www.worldofnz.co.uk

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