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Hand hygiene
Posted by Andrew Platts
Last Reply August 10, 2005 at 16:26
Started August 9, 2005 at 14:55
I've recently come across the best powerpoint presentation I've seen regarding hand hygiene. It was produced by the Chicago health board and it's better than anything I've seen over here. It's not copyright and can be used by anyone. If anyone would like me to email them a copy let me know.

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Good News for USA!!!
Posted by Denise
Last Reply August 10, 2005 at 15:19
Started May 15, 2005 at 23:24
Tony Field, our Chairperson, and his wife, Barbara, have offered to come to USA to head-up a campaign against MRSA overseas!!! This is such great news for the USA! He is also in the process of writing another booklet to address issues specific to CA-MRSA. Copies of "MRSA - A Patients Defence" by Tony Field are available by post now in US. If you'd like a copy, please e-mail your address to
Any inquiries and/or suggestions about speaking engagements in USA can be posted here or e-mailed to
Let's work together to make Tony and Barbara's trip as fruitful as possible in the battle against preventable infections. Many, many thanks to Tony and Barbara for all your efforts and support!!!

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virus warning
Posted by warning
Last Reply August 9, 2005 at 21:05
Started August 9, 2005 at 20:34
doing a search via googles search engine on Hand Hygiene by the Chicago Health Board will put a microsoft document top of the list DO NOT GO THERE IT CONTAINS A VIRUS CALLED BLOODHOUND it will then load software on your PC that is dialer software it will then dial overseas numbers it will also download onto your desktop winmovies exe which in turn will corrupt your PC

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Daily Mail MRSA article
Posted by D. Thomas
Last Reply August 9, 2005 at 15:50
Started August 9, 2005 at 08:54
I found this article in the Daily Mail and wondered why so little is being done by the NHS to resolve the problem of MRSA.

A hospital-acquired infection triples a patient's length of stay and increases their risk of dying five-fold, researchers have said.
A study in the US looked at rates of Staphylococcus aureus (S aureus) infection in hundreds of hospitals to assess the impact on costs, time in hospital and mortality rates.

The researchers concluded that the infections were an enormous burden on hospitals by significantly increasing costs, length of stays for patients and rates of death compared with those without an infection. S aureus is a bacterium which frequently lives on the skin or in the nose of a healthy individual.

It can cause illnesses ranging from minor skin infections and abscesses to life-threatening conditions such as pneumonia among those patients in hospital.

A growing proportion of S aureus infections are caused by antibiotic resistant strains... read more

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What price celebrity endorsement?
Posted by Richard Jones
Last Reply August 9, 2005 at 15:38
Started July 27, 2005 at 17:07

I was surprised to recently find that Leslie Ash has associated her name with the promotion of the 'Matron' product - presumably at her agent's behest.
Sadly, on reading the label, this is clearly nothing more than a basic alcohol wash with some extras to make it slightly more user friendly; i.e. to disguise/reduce the dermatological effects.
Despite being unproven, unregistered and unregulated, 'Matron' makes claims re: MRSA, MSSA, etc that no doubt, MHRA will very soon take issue with.
Good old Asda are stocking the product; irrespective of the dubious benefit to the paying public swayed by Leslie's celeb status.
Through a friend I learned of an interesting backdrop to this. Apparently Leslie Ash's agent was approached over a year ago with a solution to Leslie's own MSSA infection and the agent denied access to her celebrity client. The rest is history and we have all seen Leslie struggle to walk on TV and pictures in the papers.
The agent went on, however, to use that pro... read more

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Posted by jen
Last Reply August 8, 2005 at 19:34
Started July 19, 2005 at 21:11
i live in texas and have mrsa cant afford treatment what do i do

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Posted by conart
Last Reply August 4, 2005 at 22:29
Started August 4, 2005 at 16:12
Can anyone tell me how i can open get to the further pages of a post that have gone over its alloted 29 posts!!! Thanks.....

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

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 read more

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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...

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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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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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