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doctors havent tested my mum
Posted by louise
Last Reply July 23, 2005 at 19:15
Started July 21, 2005 at 09:35
my mum had 2 opperations in october 2004, her stomach had to be opened from her rib cage to 3-4 inches below her belly button. since the opperation a whole about the size of a penny follows after she gets a hard lump and stabbing pains under her skin-it happens nearly every 4 weeks. she has been to the doctor who has given her blood tests but said they came back clear. they have even taken swobs of the holes that appear and said there is no infection. but surely her stomach cant just have holes appear in it for no apparent reason. I have been wondering do you have to be tested specifically for MRSA or would it show on a standard blood test or swob test.

please offer advice if you can the doctors and hospital just dont seem interested and i am frightened i am going to lose her over this if i dont do something about it myself.

thank you louise

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WHY DON'T THEY TELL
Posted by PAULA
Last Reply July 23, 2005 at 17:32
Started July 22, 2005 at 15:47
WHEN MY MUM DEVELOPED mrsa AFTER AN OPERATION LAST YEAR, BOTH MY FATHER, MOTHER AND I WERE FOBBED OFF WITH INFORMATION THAT SHE HAD DEVELOPED A 'BUG'. THEY ARE IN THEIR 70/80'S, AND I AM IN MY FIFTIES. WHEN SHE WAS DISCHARGED, THE DISTRICT NURSE WAS ALL FOR SENDING HER BACK TO HOSPITAL - THEY SAID SHE WAS SAFER AT HOME. IT WAS ONLY AFTER THE CONSULTANT PITCHED UP AT THEIR HOME (!!) (NHS PATIENT, PLEASE NOTE), THAT ALARM BELLS REALLY RANG. A MONTH OR SO LATER, SHE WAS AT HOSPITAL AND SEEING ONE OF THE CONSULTANT'S JUNIORS THAT HE SAID IN AN OFF THE CUFF MANNER, WELL, WHAT DO YOU EXPECT AFTER HAVING HAD THE MRSA VIRUS? THE PARENTS ARE NOT HYSTERICAL TYPES, NOR AM I, AND NEITHER ARE ANY OF US LIKELY TO GO TO EITHER THE MEDIA OR A SOLICITOR, BUT THE CAVALIER ATTITUDE BEGGARS BELIEF. WHY OH WHY COULDN'T THEY JUST TELL ANY ONE OF US THE TRUTH. THEY LIVE IN THE NORTH AND I LIVE IN THE MIDLANDS, SO IT IS NOT JUST A MATTER OF POPPING IN. ANYONE ELSE SUFFERED THE SAME SORT OF IDIOT TR... read more

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Can MRSA present as a rash? (no sores)
Posted by Kristin
Last Reply July 23, 2005 at 16:42
Started July 23, 2005 at 07:41
I'm a caregiver for an 80 year old man. He has had a painful itchy rash that varies in intensity for MONTHS. It is mostly on his arms, but sometimes appears on chest and back.

I somehow acquired MRSA last fall, and I personally believe that his rash is related. My symptoms, were the "spider-bite" type but toward the end of my episode, I had sore red patches that look like his rash.

We have seen 3 doctors now who will not entertain the notion that he may have MRSA. They say, if he doesn't have sores, it is not MRSA. I think otherwise. He says he has never had a rash like this and I believe him.

The doctor we say today said they could not culture him because he does not have sores...couldn't they have cultured a nostril swab?
....frustrated.
p.s. he's also had two bad episodes of wheezing for which he received antibiotics...he's currently on clindamycin because 2nd doc we saw humored me by supposing he COULD have an mrsa. But the rash is not responding.

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Warning.
Posted by Kiteman
Last Reply July 23, 2005
Started July 12, 2005 at 22:10
Please be advised;

The individual posting as "Dr Ese Callum" is not a doctor, and actively promotes dangerous or harmful procedures. He has promoted the drinking of [toxic] colloidal silver as a cure for bacterial infection, the application of electric fields to cure all forms of cancer [which he also claims are also all caused by the same micro-organism found only on the Asian sub-continent], and the direct application of high levels of ozone to open wounds to speed healing [high levels of ozone are actually corrosive to flesh].

I understand that you do not know me, or have any reason to believe me, but please heed this warning. "ese callum" (*not* a doctor of any sort) has been reprimanded on the BBC boards for making these kinds of dangerous claims.

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What kind of society have we become
Posted by Derek Butler
Last Reply July 22, 2005 at 02:10
Started July 19, 2005 at 20:43
I am writing this posting because I am wondering what kind of society we have become when our leaders and elected representatives can turn their backs on the basic humanity that they should ensure that we are all entitled to as a human right. Anyone who has a spark of humanity in them must surely be incensed by what they have seen in the programmes such as: -

a)Panorama Programme on Wednesday 13th July 05 regarding Infection control in our hospitals.

b)The Dispatches Programme “On pain of Death” Channel 4 18th July 05.

c)The Forth coming Panorama Programme about the care of our elderly in the NHS.

Is this really what our leaders and ourselves want for us in the future? A country that either does not want to, or is not concerned about those that are the most vulnerable within our society. Those being “The Old, The Sick and the dying”. Can any of us, who have watched these programmes feel no fear for ourselves or our families as we grow old, knowing th... read more

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PANORAMA
Posted by LINDA MCCAFFERTY
Last Reply July 21, 2005 at 19:37
Started July 20, 2005 at 23:33
put your hand up if you cryed,both of mines are up.

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thank you
Posted by bev
Last Reply July 21, 2005 at 19:30
Started July 18, 2005 at 15:14
thank you for all of your replys however i am going on holiday for 4 weeks to australia and i will not be replying untill i get back xxxx

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dying grandmother
Posted by *K*
Last Reply July 21, 2005 at 11:37
Started July 19, 2005 at 03:47
My 78 year old granmother with many other underlying health issues has been hospitalized for alomst a month now and has within the last week acquired MRSA. My mother who is an RN has warned me of the extreme risk associated with skin on skin contact (hand holding, ect.) with my grandmother. I am 22 years old and am looking for any kind of advice from anyone whose has had a similar experience with a loved one and this disease. My granmother is ailing fast and i need to know how to provide a level of comfort for her in her final days, without putting myself at an even greater risk. Any replies would be greatly appreciated. Thank-You

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fighting infection from within
Posted by annie
Last Reply July 21, 2005 at 10:19
Started July 21, 2005 at 10:19
I am new to this forum and write as one who is alarmed at the rise in MRSA being reported daily.
It seems to me that we should be doing far more to boost our immune systems so that, in the event of hospitalisation, we are better able to fight infection.
We are not given adequate information on nutrition and most people pick up dietary facts from the media who, in turn, are "fed" facts by vested interests i.e. food manufacturers and drug companies.
Doctors are not taught nutrition during medical training and rely solely on drugs and medical procedures to alleviate disease. Our bodies are well equipped to fight disease but only when given the right tools to do so.
I wonder how many people are aware, when they're told to finish a course on antibiotics, why they should do this? It's not so much for your own good but to kill off dangerous bacteria. If a course is not finished then the bacteria are not entirely eliminated, with the result that bacteria mutate and become resistant to ... read more

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Shadow Epidemic
Posted by Bill R.
Last Reply July 21, 2005 at 01:37
Started July 21, 2005 at 01:37
Just came on a report entitled - Shadow Epidemic -The Growing Menace of Drug Resistance at
http://www.tufts.edu/med/apua/GAARD.pdf OR www.apua.org

It is good reading as it indicates the amount of uncertainty related to MRSA.

I would also recommend a quick look at Alexander Flemming's Nobel Lecture of Dec. 11, 1945 - on page 93 he talks about the problem of resistance: "It is not difficult to make microbes resistant to penicillin in the laboratory by exposing them to concentrations not sufficient to kill them, and the same thing has occasionally happened in the body." and he expands further projecting that there may be deaths due to antibiotic-resistant microbes .... You should find his lecture at http://nobelprize.org/medicine/laureates/1945

We obviously did not hear him and what has changed???

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patients notes
Posted by sandra
Last Reply July 19, 2005 at 13:46
Started July 18, 2005 at 09:45
Hi everyone, I'm new to this site so please be gentle! I heard Tony on the radio last night and this has scared the **** out of me. I have recently started working in the nhs in a job which involves a lot of patients notes handling. Myself and my family have eczema and often have open wounds from scratching on the face and hands. I have a bad habit of constantly touching my face due to a childhood trauma involving infection. What I want to know is can the mrsa bug be carried on patients notes? Am I at any greater risk than other nhs workers of getting mrsa? Does it get carried around on clothing etc? I apologise if this has been brought up before but as I say I have only just discovered this forum. My father-in-law got mrsa on his feet after a stay in hospital and is still having problems two years on.

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mrsa in care homes
Posted by joan
Last Reply July 19, 2005 at 12:05
Started July 17, 2005 at 11:35
Posted: July 16, 2005 at 10:33

I have a question? I work in a extra care home, one of our elderly residents came back from the hospital with mrsa in his wound. He is constantly scratching, and has open sores on his head, his fingers are always up his nose. He is meant to be barrier nursed, but how can you barrier nurse someone who is sitting with other residents at meal times and sitting in lounges with them. Question what are the chances of this being passed to other residents? By the way we were told to do this by management, however we have quite a number of worried care staff, who think he should be kept in his room. Thanks

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Tonight C4 8pm Dispatches
Posted by Tina Rowley
Last Reply July 18, 2005 at 17:26
Started July 18, 2005 at 11:36
Dispatches investigates the appalling and inexcusable inadequacy of pain relief offered to the dying in many NHS Hospitals- and it is in such Hospitals that most of us will have to do our dying. Professor Laurie Taylor voices his concerns, along with relatives who have recently lost loved ones in distressing circumstances that could have been avoided.Also don't forget part 2 Panorama Special on Wednesday night 9pm BBC1- Undercover Nurse.

Thanks again
Tina Rowley

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Undercover Hospital Cleaner
Posted by Tina Rowley
Last Reply July 18, 2005 at 09:26
Started July 10, 2005 at 10:48
I see that Panorama are doing a special prgramme on Wednesday 13 July at 7pm. The team go undercover in one of the country's biggest three-star hospitals to find out about ward hygiene, as MRSA outbreaks continue to threaten patients. Even the cleaning instructer admits:"We've got infection going round like wildfire". TERRIFING.

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Grime Busters
Posted by Rob
Last Reply July 18, 2005 at 08:28
Started July 10, 2005 at 16:32
A new series of How Clean Is Your House? is starting this week. would make interesting viewing if Grime busting duo Kim Woodburn and Aggie MacKenzie were sent to a few of our UK hospitals!

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Recent phage therapy article
Posted by Bill R.
Last Reply July 15, 2005 at 04:45
Started July 14, 2005
I just noticed yesterday that The Epoch Times reworked my article for U.K. and published it in their U.K. edition at:
http://www.epochtimesnews.net/index.php?content/view/434/0/

I hope you read it and send a copy to every elected or health official in your political environment.

"TO PHAGE OR NOT TO PHAGE - LET THE PATIENTS DECIDE!"


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Reply to E.T. Gascoigne
Posted by Bill R.
Last Reply July 13, 2005 at 02:28
Started July 13, 2005 at 02:07
Re: "I have just read your comment dated 12 May. Your observation that "...as science gets wiser so do the bugs..." is absurd. The bacteria are single cells ...."

While a bacterium is a single cell, it is a complex cell. We used to think that a single molecule kills a bacterial cell; however, experiments showed that reactivation, injury and cell repair occur. This means that the number of hits required may vary. Additionally, in disease it is not appropriate to think of a single cell - the infective dose is probably (always) more than one cell and can be quite a large number - thus right from the start of the infection you may have a range of resistance in the infective population. Now apply the antimicrobial substance and the suceptible bacteria die while resistant cells survive and multiply. Next take into account that antimicrobial may not get into all tissues at same concentration (providing a concetration gradient in places) and that antimicrobial concentration starts to dec... read more

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why briatin is losing the battle against MRSA
Posted by Bev
Last Reply July 12, 2005 at 15:09
Started July 4, 2005 at 10:42
the British Medical Association is considering a switch to Scrubs a/f its annual conference in Manchester last week

Arne Bjornberg author of the Eurohealth Consumer Index which compares levels in 11 European countries said that the white coat system led to British patients being 100 times more likely to catch infections than those in the most hygienic countries

the hygiene levels are so low in the UK because doctors wear their own clothes whilst on duty with just a white coat on top - this practise is unique to Britain and he stated he did'nt know of any other country in europe which tolerates this

at long last !! someone coming down on the side of the patient/visitor someone in the know that actually states that part of the fault lies with the way our countries NHS is run.... - lets go back to basics



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Phip, any news on obtaining the medical record
Posted by Maria
Last Reply July 11, 2005 at 14:17
Started June 28, 2005
Hi Phip

Just curious as to why it is taking the hospital so long to sort out your request.

I am wondering about the form the legal department asked to fill in confirming that you would not be seeking a legal claim.

As I understand the law the hospital have 40 days to respond, but I’m not sure about the disclaimer you have signed, as there is a legal protocol that is used when seeking claims for medical negligence, which states there is a 40 day time limit for the trust to supply the records.

I was advised to use the statement when I asked for the notes, but I didn’t as I have no intention of using litigation. I used the data protection clause. In response the trust gave me forms and volunteered the fact that they would supply the information within 40 days. That will take me into mid July.

I too am curious to know how others have fared with getting medical records.

I have not gone down the official complaint route yet. I want to complain once I have all the fac... read more

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ICE - in case of emergency
Posted by Bev
Last Reply July 11, 2005 at 14:07
Started July 10, 2005 at 11:21
This was forwarded to me: I think it's a really good idea, especially given the atrocities in London on Thursday

East Anglian Ambulance Service have launched a national "In case of
Emergency (ICE)" campaign with the support of Falklands war hero Simon
Weston and in association with Vodafone's annual life savers award.

The idea is that you store the word "ICE" in your mobile phone address book,
and against it enter the number of the person you would

want to be contacted "In Case of Emergency". In an emergency situation
ambulance and hospital staff will then be able to quickly find out who your
next of kin are and be able to contact them.

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