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Posted by Stewart.
Last Reply August 15, 2005 at 12:53
Started August 14, 2005 at 14:01
I have MRSA in the Nephrostomy tube draining my left kidney or the kidney not sure. I'm due to have that kidney removed but since the hospital have found out they been dragging there heals 1 operation date cancelled so far and no other date given.

The treatment has been on/off with the Dr surgery expecting the hospital to sort it and the reverse.

There is no urine comming out of the kidney just mucus or pus, i'm up and down with flu type infections.
I have a Colostomy and Urostomy and don't want MRSA to getting too them.

Any advice would be welcome..


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our baby died of MRSA
Posted by lianne and andy
Last Reply August 15, 2005 at 12:15
Started June 5, 2005 at 16:55
our baby died on 6th dec 04, we was told it was septicemia, I recently asked the hosptial for the blood to be tested again, they said they couldnt do that but they said they know it was MRSA, I waited for it to come through in writing, now i have it what do i do?

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Posted by Maria
Last Reply August 14, 2005 at 13:24
Started August 2, 2005 at 12:32
02 August 2005
Two women from Bristol have told of their heartache and anger after loved ones died in local hospitals following MRSA infections. Maria Cann, of Bishopsworth, and Gill Maw, of Eastville, have spoken out as part of an undercover investigation that exposes the dangers of MRSA in this area.

Maria's mother, Pat Galvin, had been admitted to Bristol Royal Infirmary in February 2003 for surgery after being diagnosed with colon cancer.

The 68-year-old recovered well from her operation, but a year on she discovered the cancer had spread to her lymph nodes and liver.

Pat was booked in for more surgery last March, when the family was still hopeful she would recover. Initially, the signs given by doctors were encouraging.

Maria said: "We'd just arrived on the ward and he came and sat on the bed and actually told her the prognosis was really good. Obviously we were elated."

But Pat was then informed she had an infection, was put on... read more

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MRSA song
Posted by Denise
Last Reply August 14, 2005 at 03:46
Started August 14, 2005 at 03:46
My brother-in-law wrote a song about MRSA, called "Don't let em slip through the cracks" You can here it on Click on the About Us link to hear the song or read the lyrics.
Please take a moment to listen. Thanks.

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Posted by TRACEY
Last Reply August 13, 2005 at 17:42
Started August 13, 2005 at 16:34
My son has just been diagnosed as being MRSA positive (PVL strain). I have picked up that this is a more potent strain but I have only been given the same advise as with regular MRSA. Does anyone have any more information please?

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MRSA...Is it dangerous??
Posted by caz
Last Reply August 13, 2005 at 15:39
Started June 22, 2005 at 18:33
Hello, I'm 16 and my grandma has MRSA. I have looked on the net and it says it can be treated and its not dangerous but I've heard it is!! please can someone tell me if it is!!!

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What do i do now, where do i turn
Posted by louise
Last Reply August 12, 2005 at 10:35
Started August 10, 2005 at 23:51
Hey, im so glad i found this website some of the information previously posted as given me a bit of hope. Ive struggeld over the past 2 years at university with absolute uncontrollable eczema. However recently i have been diagnosed with mrsa on the skin in the armpit and groin (which i found out by seeing a different doctor). as long as i have mrsa i can not continue my studies as i am training to be a physiotherapist and obvously can't have any patient contact. My GP can't understand any risk involvement but its the university rules. anyway i had a 2 week course of antibiotics which was said not to be risistant to and some nasal cream, but it didn't clear. I was given some antseptic wash which i used every day plus the nasal cream and the results of my next swobs were clear. since then it has returned. i can't keep using this sterile wash as its stips the skin of the good bacteria that we need to live aswell as the bad mrsa. i just don't know what to do now. im devistated ... read more

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Legal Aid refused
Posted by Ruth Wollacott
Last Reply August 11, 2005 at 07:49
Started August 9, 2005 at 10:25
From James' solicitor: Apparently it means that Legal Aid have been unable to identify sufficient potential negligence and are of the opinion that James would not win in a compensation claim so will not grant him funding to bring a case.

Dear Ruth,

You will have heard that James' application has been refused, pending further information on potential areas of negligence. I am working on an appeal bundle as we speak. As indicated previously the LSC are being a little more difficult with applications at the moment, particularly in these sorts of cases. I will send them a further report but the reality is that we cannot be more specific as to potential allegations until we have investigated further. The whole purpose of an "Investigative Help" certificate (which is what we are applying for) is to enable us to investigate!

I will be in touch shortly. The LSC may deal with the appeal in house or forward it to a review committee. The review committee process takes a littl... read more

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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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