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MRSA Support Group/US & Can
Posted by Denise
Last Reply July 30, 2011 at 06:06
Started August 12, 2005 at 03:00
We are trying to start a support group on our side of the ocean like the one you have in the UK. Can those of you who are members of the UK Support Group please give some feedback about why you became members and how it helps? What is the benefit of being a member instead of just posting on the forum?
A membership application is available for download at www.handsofhopegroup.com for anyone who is interested. We will remain affiliated with the UK Support Group.
My brother in law wrote a song for my girls that you can listen to on the site also. It is called , "Don't let em fall through the cracks" by George Clancy. It was written for Emily and Jeanne, but it is for all of us...

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MRSA back again
Posted by Richard Kidd
Last Reply July 25, 2011 at 21:26
Started July 25, 2011 at 21:25
Just over 6 years ago I had a collapsed lung after a heavy fall. I went into the JR in Oxford for a chest drain which didn't work. Then I went for partial decortication(removal of the lining between the lung and the chest wall. After the op they told me that I had MRSA. I had Vancomycin by IV for a few days and then a long course of antibiotics at home. Recovery took a few weeks but all seemd well. 18 months later an abcess appeared on the wound site. It was diagnosed as MRSA and this time it took 6 months and 2 ops to sort out. One exploratory and then a follow up to trace the source of the infection. The wound was left open to heal from the inside this time. Just over 4 years have passed and there is a new abcess on the scar. I have not had the test results yet but I know what to expect.
I looked at activated oxygen last time but that seems to be more effective on skin surface issues. I'm wondering if I should look at Phage treatment or anything else.


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MRSA back again
Posted by Richard Kidd
Last Reply July 25, 2011 at 21:22
Started July 25, 2011 at 21:22
Just over 6 years ago I had a collapsed lung after a heavy fall. I went into the JR in Oxford for a chest drain which didn't work. Then I went for partial decortication(removal of the lining between the lung and the chest wall. After the op they told me that I had MRSA. I had Vancomycin by IV for a few days and then a long course of antibiotics at home. Recovery took a few weeks but all seemd well. 18 months later an abcess appeared on the wound site. It was diagnosed as MRSA and this time it took 6 months and 2 ops to sort out. One exploratory and then a follow up to trace the source of the infection. The wound was left open to heal from the inside this time. Just over 4 years have passed and there is a new abcess on the scar. I have not had the test results yet but I know what to expect.
I looked at activated oxygen last time but that seems to be more effective on skin surface issues. I'm wondering if I should look at Phage treatment or anything else.


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New to all this and scared
Posted by Jo
Last Reply July 23, 2011
Started July 22, 2011 at 11:06
Hi all looking for advice really.
Had a swollen joint and tested high for Rumatoid factor, Dr suggested
a steroid injection to take swelling down, worked for 3 days then
developed red swollen joint but no pain just a tender spot where
needle went in on thumb joint.

6 weeks later swelling never went neither did tender spot at site of
injection for steroid, went to rumatologist who had given the steroid
injection to tell/show him the swelling was much worse and was now red
and hot around the joint he had injected.(prior to injection it was
just swollen not red and hot)

He addmitted me to hospital straight away and started me on 2 weeks IV
flucloxacillin, let me out after 2 weeks with 4 weeks anti biotics to
take at home oraly.
5 days after discharge went to hand doc as had apt already with him,
he said joint needed looking at and he wanted a biopsy, i was admitted
2 days later (yesterday) for biopsy, surgeon told me there was an
infection there (osteomy... read more

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My Mum has MRSA
Posted by tasmin
Last Reply July 19, 2011 at 19:57
Started September 9, 2007
hi ann, i read your post and i nearly cried...we too are going through wittnessing our mum slowly slipping away.


believe it or not my mum went into a southside hospital and within four days had a pressure sore...then 3 weeks after she was released she got a chest infection again, this time she was sent to a northside hospital...4 days later i was told mum had MRSA...but what really sickened me was that the hospital tried to pass the buck, they said she had MRSA when she went in there...but if thats the case then the southside hospital are negilent, because they sent her home with MRSA without telling us.

my mum has alzheimers disease and i have looked after her for 7 years...without her ever getting a pressure sore i might add.

right now my mum is in critical condition in hospital and i have been told that the MRSA is in her lungs as well...so to be honest i dont hold out much hope for her ever coming out of the hospital alive.

i'm going to complain to the minister of ... read more

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MRSA Home tests
Posted by john wray
Last Reply July 17, 2011 at 14:32
Started July 17, 2011 at 14:32
I was thinking of buying a home MRSA test from www.mrsatest.co.uk
I was concerned I may be carrying MRSA and spreading it around as I have been in
hospital recently.

Is this a good idea?

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MRSA - THE VAMPIRE SUPERBUG
Posted by nhsexposed.com
Last Reply July 14, 2011 at 11:49
Started October 31, 2006 at 10:54
MRSA - THE VAMPIRE SUPERBUG
BY TONY LEATHER WITH ADDITIONAL MATERIAL BY JAMES LANDON
Superbugs - bacteria that have become resistant to antibiotics - have been the subject of much media attention. Every newspaper in the land has carried stories about MRSA, and its equally deadly cousins VRSA and GISA. The evidence shows that these Hospital Acquired Infections can be combated through basic cleanliness and hygiene, so why is the infection rate is still rising? This article examines the effect of the Superbugs and some simple steps that could help to control it.

Hospitals And Superbugs

Hospital Acquired Infection (HAI) is something you would hardly expect in an average hospital ward, yet NHS hospitals are indeed a hotbed for bacteria. Cleanliness and health go hand in hand but standards seem to have deteriorated within NHS hospitals. A shift in resources from the clinical environment to management seems to be the cause of this silent, exponential, multiplication of the "superbu... read more

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How to cope with mrsa.
Posted by Darlene
Last Reply July 14, 2011 at 03:21
Started September 13, 2007 at 06:05
My grand daughter is two and a half and was diagnosed with mrsa. The doctors are not telling us anything. I tend to think that she caught this superbug at daycare. Can someone tell me how to find out if she is a carrier? She has had 2 outbreaks (in a month or so period) and the 1st time she had 2 sores. Both times it was on her legs. Is there something that can be done to avoid getting it again. How does a person know if it is affecting the lungs, bloodstream, etc...? I have been reading alot on the internet but have yet to find anything that I can use as concrete. Will she ever live a "normal" life? I realize that each person affected is different but I have read your forum about mrsa not having lasting effects. So any information would be really helpful and appreciated. Does anyone know what the gestation period for catching it is? Is it different for everyone? Thank you again for your responses in advance, Darlene

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Biopsy found Kerotosis then Impetigo
Posted by Michelle
Last Reply July 8, 2011 at 23:55
Started July 8, 2011 at 17:09
Hi,

I am 30 years of age. I developed this irritating little growth on my skin. Yes, I did what I shouldn't have done and I picked at it. I went to a dermatologist who biopsied it.

The growth is benign. Keratosis. But then the pathologist also found impetigo.

I am not concerned about the benign growth, now I am concerned about the impetigo, I assume, secondary to scratching the growth.

1. How can a biopsy show impetigo on a tissue?
2. Can the pathologist confirm what kind of bacteria is causing the impetigo?

My concern is I have MRSA Impetigo. Is that possible? Would the pathologist be able to rule that out while looking at the specimen if he can already see the impetigo under the microscope?

Thanks.


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Surgery's Dirty Secrets
Posted by linda mccafferty
Last Reply July 5, 2011
Started July 5, 2011
If anybody missed this .......


http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b012b0v5/Panorama_Surgerys_Dirty_Secrets/

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health and safety at work and mrsa
Posted by gordon downing
Last Reply July 1, 2011 at 17:55
Started April 5, 2005 at 09:51
i am the unison health and safety officer for shetland health branch of unison, i have just started my h&s 3 course. part of the course work is a project, i have decided to cover mrsa, and the risk involved to patients and staff. and help/information would be greatly appreciated. many thanks. gordon downing.

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Newly diagnosed with MRSA
Posted by Tiffany
Last Reply June 30, 2011 at 09:45
Started June 30, 2011 at 09:45
It seems unbelievably surreal that I was diagnosed with MRSA. Im petrified. I contracted it from a hospital after a very long awaited tummy tuck. I was immediately admitted to my PCP's hospital after my PS telling me I was fine, (through medical staff and not actually seeing me himself). I developed cellulitis in the incision and was hospitalized for 3 days on vancomycin and sent home with doxyxcylin. I dont like the side effects and I am getting pain in my lower back, Im not sure if I should go back to the hospital as of now becasue it seems to feel like a revolving door.. Unsure what to do.. Help!!

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Nurse who has MRSA
Posted by lindy
Last Reply June 23, 2011 at 20:04
Started July 13, 2007 at 10:26
I work in a nursing home as a Registered Nurse. When I started working in the Nursing Home, I was notified that there were a few clients that had MRSA in their wounds. I have always washed my hands before putting gloves and apron on and I wash my hand after treating clients wounds.

6 weeks ago, my ankles became very swollen and inflamed and a few days later I had a cough and flu like symptoms. My Gp prescribed Amoxicillin for a chest infection, but because chest infection had not cleared after course of antibiotics were completed, I was prescribed Oxytetracycline. On the 3rd week I telephoned Gp and was given an appointment. He prescribed Cefuroxime. I expressed concern in regards to maybe contracting MRSA in chest / lungs and was told this was highly unlikely, but Gp took bloods and sputum sample to rule MRSA out. I was not surprised when Gp telephoned me at home and told me, MRSA was found in my sputum. Gp has now prescribed Trimethoprim & Sodium Fusidate and t... read more

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Question?MRSA?SWIMMING POOLS
Posted by Mrs. Eddleman
Last Reply June 23, 2011 at 01:02
Started July 4, 2005 at 04:20
Does anyone know if you can contract MRSA
from a swimming pool OR if someone who is infected with MRSA should be in swimming pool?

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MRSA Court Case
Posted by jan.robbins
Last Reply June 15, 2011 at 11:35
Started June 13, 2011 at 11:48
Hi,

You may recall the coverage around a month ago on conglomerate 3M's
negligence in developing the MRSA detecting drug, BacLite. Many lives
could have been saved if this drug had been developed correctly. The
case is now going to court and hearings are being held in London this
week and next. Article covering the details:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2011/jun/12/3m-sued-for-neglecting-
anti-superbug-test

Court 80
First Avenue House
42-49 High Holborn
London
WC1V 6NP

Court case is Friday, Monday. If you are interested in attending - the
case would do well with victim support, and would like to get yourself
and others involved, please reply to the thread and I will pass on any
further details required.

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Fairfield/pennine trust at fault again
Posted by Bev
Last Reply June 10, 2011 at 22:37
Started February 3, 2006 at 08:48
headline news this morning Fairifeld strikes again ~ 1,053 cardiac patients misdiagnosed ~ North Manchester Hospital/Pennine trust 3 breast cancer patients wrongly cleared of Breast Cancer ~ Trafford General/Pennine trust 22 patients wrongly cleared of breast cancer

i have a vested interest in this trust as this is the trust that wrongly diagnosed my mum, then made several clinical errors which led to her contracting MRSA and subsequently dying from it ~ in her notes i have this week alone discovered that they also missed several other things ~ i am waiting for them to get back to me re a meeting which the HCC has now highly recommendeed they have


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Ear Infection MRSA
Posted by Lynsey
Last Reply June 10, 2011
Started May 31, 2011 at 16:37
Hi folks

my dad has had a major ear infection for months now. He was first perscribed anitbiotics (and a swab was taken) for the infection - which did not get any better, so while at a rountine hospital visit (for other aliments) he spoke to a doctor about his ear. They then perscribed him another medication to spray into his ear. Once the first spray went in he recalled a huge stinging feeling occurring, but persisted with the pain of the treatment as he thought it would make him better.

After using the spray for 5 days he took it to his doctor because it was causing him so much pain to use, and not making a difference to his ear. The doctor then proceeded to tell my dad that he was wrongly perscribed athletes foot spray that he was made put into his ear!!!!

As it this was not shocking enough, my dad then had to remind the doctor that a swab had been taken of his ear weeks beofre (when he had his first antibiotics) and requested the doctor get the results. The doctor then ... read more

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nerve damage
Posted by john
Last Reply June 8, 2011 at 12:21
Started January 22, 2007 at 23:21
hi, got mrsa 4years ago,after op on back,have not got mrsa now,but take 120 painkillers a week, which 20 are morhine i am always fatigued and the tiredness is hell,i want to know can mrsa damage nerves i am told i will not work anymore is this normal.

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Symptoms of MRSA/Life Long Conditon?
Posted by Tracy Allman
Last Reply June 3, 2011 at 21:58
Started March 25, 2005 at 17:10
My father is a regular visitor to hospital due to a heart condition and COPD(lung disease). He was admitted to hospital 2 days ago with breathing difficulties, however, today (25/03/05) we have been informed they have identified MRSA bug in his blood. He his been moved to a side room, but at the moment he has no symptoms of illness e.g. temperature and appears quiet well. Could anyone tell me what symptom's we have to look out for and what the future holds with this bug, does is remain in your system for the remainder of the person's life? Many thanks Tracy Allman

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Edwina says it ....as it is .
Posted by linda mccafferty
Last Reply May 29, 2011
Started May 29, 2011
http://www.govtoday.co.uk/index.php/Infection-Control/superbugs-the-continuing-problem.html?secid=2

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