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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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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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