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MRSA Colonisation
Posted by Penn
Last Reply November 6, 2010 at 01:11
Started November 1, 2007 at 13:29
Hi there, I am a diabetic with suspected mitral valve problems. And became colonised (nasal) with MRSA whilst on placement at my nursing home. (Was a student nurse) GP informed and chlorexidene wash recommended with muciprin nasal ointment.

Swabs retaken and was multisite, so full eradication therapy started. Chlor. Toothpaste & Powder, Muciprin Nasal and Skin, and a antimicrobial body wash.
Week after swabs taken - was clear. 2nd swabs multisite MRSA but another strain.

Occupational health not involved in my care anymore as not a student nurse, and GP states that I do not need eradication therapy as not working in hospital settings, however if I need to go to hospital for valve surgery then the hospital will deal with it...

What should I do? I have a boil on my leg, GP said nothing to worried.

Help...

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MRSA barrier cream
Posted by Rob
Last Reply October 30, 2010 at 13:22
Started September 24, 2004 at 17:12
A hand lotion developed by a retired haulage manager to heal his wife's dermatitis is one of the latest weapons against MRSA being tested at a Birmingham Hospital.

Brian Bennett was so determined to help his wife Heather as her skin condition worsened that he spent three months studying reference books.

Mr Bennett, from Nuneaton, tried using natural hand-conditioning ingredients such as Aloe Vera and Jojaba Oil combined with a powerful anti-bacterial agent.

He also added water repellent silicon, which acts like an 'invisible glove', sealing in the anti-bacterial agent within the lotion.

This means that the anti-bacterial agent, called Triclosan, will continue to kill many germs, including MRSA, even after regular hand-washing or wearing gloves.



The lotion was so effective that experts at University Hospital Birmingham NHS Trust decided to conduct clinical tests with the lotion.

A total of 102 staff at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital took part in the trial, which ... read more

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Infected with MRSA/Visiting someone in hospita
Posted by Maggy
Last Reply October 28, 2010 at 01:58
Started November 25, 2005 at 09:13
Hi,

I'd be grateful if anyone knows if there is any "rules" or "official guidelines" concerning someone who has chronic MRSA infection in lungs/sputum, visiting someone in hospital following an operation ?

My mother is due to have an operation & I really DO NOT FEEL that I ought to visit her whilst she's in hospital BECAUSE I have chronic MRSA (despite numerous courses of treatment). There is no way I am going to be responsible for spreading this infection, NOT just to her but also other hospital patients, staff or other visitors.

I thought if I could find some guidelines etc. my mother may then "see sense" about this.

Thanks for any advice.
maggy

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Claire Rayner
Posted by linda mccafferty
Last Reply October 22, 2010
Started October 12, 2010 at 14:35
How sad was i to learn of Claire's death today , My sincere condolences to Claire's family & friends , i loved the fact of her last words " Tell David Cameron that if he screws up my beloved NHS i'll come back and haunt him " i clapped my hands in delight at this remarkable lady , she will be soooooooooo sadly missed .

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salon waxing and mrsa
Posted by GINA
Last Reply October 16, 2010 at 15:06
Started October 16, 2010 at 15:06
http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/cgi/content/full/121/6/1090?maxtoshow=&hits=11&RESULTFORMAT=&andorexacttitle=and&andorexacttitleabs=and&fulltext=MRSA&andorexactfulltext=and&searchid=1&resourcetype=HWCIT

I saw this on line
Has anyone else seen it and have you read reports of this dangerous way of getting mrsa?

GINA

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recurring mrsa nasal
Posted by GINA
Last Reply October 16, 2010 at 14:56
Started October 15, 2010 at 12:25
Questions
Is Mrsa nasal from a hospital setting or is community acquired?

Does mrsa nasal ever go? Thsis my third bout. I amon bactrobanand biaxin right now but may have to go to a stronger antibiotic the MD says.

I see the 30day cure on line some sort of a drink called pHenomenal. Has anyone tried this? Is it successful?
Is honey successful?
Any advice appreciated. I also have primary immune disease and ma on subq gamaglobulin as of 6 weeks. Previously I was on IVIG gammaglobulin.

I am up set as I got a clearance after 3 tests Aug 28th and odnot know how I couldhave caught this again
Thanks

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Prevention
Posted by Kay
Last Reply October 15, 2010 at 23:20
Started October 15, 2010 at 23:20
I just got finished with treatment for MRSA. I am very lucky to be alive. There is a
35% mortality rate. I'm middle aged, packing extra pounds and not in shape.
Young athletes have died from MRSA. While hospitalized for a spider bite I caught
MRSA. The hospital is not taking responsibility for the MRSA. I have insurance so
I'm not fighting with them. I'm just happy to be alive. I was told that MRSA is
everywhere and that I could have caught it from a shopping cart. My
hospitalization was an emergency. I was completely unprepared. If you know that
you are going to be hospitalized and it is possible get tested for MRSA before you
get admitted to the hospital. In the USA if you catch MRSA while hospitalized the
hospital is responsible for your care. Bring wipes that kill MRSA and wipe
everything that you touch in your hospital room. I've seen how the rooms are
cleaned.

In public use wipes to wipe down shopping carts before you touch them. Avoi... read more

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My son
Posted by T Evans
Last Reply October 11, 2010 at 23:43
Started October 11, 2010 at 21:13
Hello, I wonder if you can help. My son had a circumcision on the 30th
September. He developed and infection which was treated with two lots of
antibiotics. These dis not work and the infection worsened. I took him to the
hospital yesterday and the dr did a swab and changed his meds to Augmentin. I
am so worried about him, I can't leave his side...he is suffering with headaches
and dizziness and is off his food. The wound looks horrific and it breaks my
heart. I was going to take him back to the hospital tomorrow and demand they
do something, is there any point?? He is 7.

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Dirty money
Posted by linda mccafferty
Last Reply October 11, 2010 at 19:43
Started October 11, 2010 at 19:43
http://thesun.mobi/thescottishsun/news/3173776/Banknotes-covered-in-toxic-bugs-found-in-Glasgow-eateries.html?mob=1

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Seagulls linked to superbugs
Posted by linda mccafferty
Last Reply October 9, 2010
Started October 9, 2010
http://news.scotsman.com/health/Seagulls-linked-to-superbugs-.6541323.jp

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Bible germ ban
Posted by linda mccafferty
Last Reply October 9, 2010
Started October 9, 2010
http://news.scotsman.com/health/Bible-39germ39-ban-rejected.6562442.jp

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MRSA???
Posted by jim
Last Reply October 9, 2010
Started March 23, 2006 at 01:10
my son got a HA-infection after ortho surgery,on his labs it says that the infection is resistant to ampicillin and penicillin does this mean his staph infection is mrsa?

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What to expect?
Posted by Jennifer
Last Reply October 7, 2010 at 05:47
Started October 6, 2010 at 17:59
My brother in law was in a car accident on August 30th. He had to have surgery for a shattered right ankle and he had deep lacerations on his right hand and left shin which required sutures. Two weeks after being released from the hospital we took him to the ER with a slightly elevated temperature and pain in his right ankle. When his cast was removed his ankle was very swollen and infected. They did a procedure to irrigate the wound and remove dead tissue. All other sutures where checked and his left leg also had started to get infected. When the culture results came back he was told that he has HA MRSA in both wound sites. He stayed in the hospital with repeated procedures to irrigate until there were no visible signs of infection. He was sent home last Tuesday with a PICC line for twice daily 1500 mg vancomycin. He is also going to physical therapy 5 days a week for whirlpool therapy on his right ankle. Every time he goes the check for signs of infection. Today the wou... read more

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Advise on 8 week old baby colonised with mrsa
Posted by Collette
Last Reply October 5, 2010 at 23:31
Started October 3, 2010 at 22:14
My baby was hospitalised 3 weeks ago as his head face neck and check got very infected as a result of a bad breakout of seborrheic ezcema. He tested positive for mrsa on 8 swabs take from his ears, nose, under arms and groin. I was told that the skin infection was not mrsa as he reponded to iv antibiotics that would not have treated an mrsa infection.He was treated was bacraban in his nose and ears only and not the rest of his body.

The medical advise I have received is that:
1)As it was not an mrsa infection the fact that he is colonised with mrsa is not something that I should be overly concerned about at present. Also that 30% of the population is colonised with mrsa and that people live with it for decedes without being infected by it.
2) if it is not broken don't fix it and don't worry about trying to decolonise him until if and when he has a mrsa infection in the future.
3) If I did attempt to decolonise him it is very likely that it would be unsuccessful as a) his skin ... read more

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Name & Shame your Council
Posted by linda mccafferty
Last Reply October 3, 2010 at 01:04
Started July 18, 2010
This is a worthwhile cause & i need a platform for this cause , name & shame your councils on missing funding for the disabled..............http://www.fsdc.org.uk/how-can-you-help

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Can MRSA be spread from........
Posted by Verity
Last Reply October 3, 2010
Started September 25, 2004 at 17:30
Can MRSA be spread by someone infected with it, writing and sending out letters/birthday/Xmas cards, etc?

I know this is probably "taking it a bit too far" but one hears so much these days about MRSA. There was a TV programme the other evening concerning it, & the presenter was shown "swabbing" pages of a book, elevator handles, etc. Thanks.


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MRSA IN LUNGS & SINUSES
Posted by B.C.
Last Reply September 30, 2010 at 15:17
Started September 11, 2010 at 19:24
I HAVE BRONCHIECTASIS FOR ABOUT 5 YEARS NOW I HAVE BEEN ON MANY ANTIBIOTICS , MY PROBLEM IS THAT I NOW THAT I HAVE MRSA IN BOTH MY SINUSES AND MY LUNGS AND HAVE HAD PSUDOMONES IN MY BLOOD STREAM . I SEE A I.D. DOCTOR AND MY POLMONARY DOCTOR THEY STATE THAT MY CONDITION IS TERMINAL DUE TO THE FACT THAT I'M BECOMING RESISTANCE TO ALL ANTIBIOTICS. THEY ARE LOOKING INTO A DOUBLE LUNG TRANSPLANT FOR ME BUT THEY DO NOT GIVE MUCH HOPE . IS THERE NOT ANYTHING THAT CAN BE DONE. I'M ON ANTIBIOTICS EVERY DAY BOTH BY ORAL AND INHALED TOBI . I'M ONLY 38 . PLEASE HELP.

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MRSA Action UK
Posted by Bev
Last Reply September 27, 2010 at 03:14
Started February 2, 2006 at 16:33
as you know we are a group actively campaigning for safer standards in our hospitals ~ we have all been affected by the dreadful infections inflicted needlessly upon either ourselves or our loved ones

following on from handing the petition into No 10 downing St on 28th November 2005 we have now had a response from the Minister of State The Rt Hon Jayne Kennedy ~ in the letter she does acknowledge that many cases can be avoided by better practise in infection prevention and control. she also mentions the Health bill and the Healthcare commissions code of practise where compliance will be mandatory. this reponse would not have happened if we had not been given the amount of support we were by all those who took part in the petition ~ we now want to urge you to continue that support and urge you to join us

so far we have achieved meetings with the HCC, DOH, Health Select Committee, the Standing Committee, NAO and other various professional people who are now beginning to listen ... read more

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MRS & COPD
Posted by Steven
Last Reply September 15, 2010
Started September 13, 2010 at 12:58
Hello there, Just doing a fact finding mission on behalf of my mum who's booked in for surgery on the 27th. The op is for a hernia and to remove the wrong mesh they put in. Trouble is she's 73 and not in the best of health. She has MSRA and COPD and a host of other ailments. I'm worried that she'll go to the pre-op next week and talk herself into having the OP even knowing there's a chance she might not recover. I'd prefer she didnt have it, and as i'm her carer i'll gladly plod on if it means she will still be here come october. Am i right in thinking this op is more of a problem when you have msra/copd. Anyone think it's selfish of me to try and talk her out off having such a big off when your so unwell. Hopefully the doc's say no when she go's for her pre-op... Any advice will be gratefully received. Steven

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mrsa affecting saliva glands
Posted by andrew
Last Reply September 14, 2010 at 19:04
Started September 8, 2010 at 06:57
has any one experienced this with there infection? since i started having break outs for the past 8 months now my saliva gland is infected causing dry mouth.

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