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Merry Christmas
Posted by linda Mccafferty
Last Reply December 24, 2010 at 14:13
Started December 20, 2010
Id like to wish you's all a Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year , our thought's go out to anyboby who is suffering or lost loved ones this year to HAIs . there will be someone on the forum during Christmas to answer anybody needing help/support .

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Babies infected with MRSA
Posted by Sarah-Kate Templeton
Last Reply December 19, 2010 at 23:56
Started March 24, 2005 at 17:29
If you know of any other babies infected with MRSA in hospital, could you please contact Sarah-Kate Templeton, Sunday Times 020 7782 5849

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I have what?
Posted by Jen H
Last Reply December 9, 2010 at 03:06
Started December 9, 2010 at 03:06
Monday I was officially diagnosed with MRSA. I have had symptoms for the last 3 months but I assumed I was too young and healthy for it. I have spent the last few months at the hospital with my father who is battling throat cancer.

3 months ago I had a few boils 2 in my left armpit and 1 in my lymph node in my left armpit. I had a small rash on my left breast. I went to the DR and they diagnosed me with shingles.

2 months later I have 3 boils that just won't go away. After taking Cephlaxor(??) for 10 days they tested me and put me on bactrim. They think that the shingles/boild were actually MRSA. I have been on Bactrim for 2 days and I can feel my "most healed" boil starting to come back. It has doubled in size today alone.

The DR told me to wait out the 10 days and then we will go from there. She is on vacation next week and said I can have the boil lanced by her partner if it gets really bad next week.

I'm just concerned she's making a decision based on her va... read more

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my baby is mrsa positive
Posted by clairew
Last Reply December 5, 2010 at 01:12
Started December 5, 2010 at 01:12
my baby contracted mrsa in hospital, he is 4 months old. they say he is colonised and has been treated using the nasal ointment and washes. But it keeps coming back. Does the nasal bactroban ointment ever get rid of it? Should I keep hope that we can get rid of it or is he going to be stuck with it for the rest of his life? can people just "carry" it without any other signs of infection? i have spoken to infection control doctors and they seem to just shrug it off as something to live with. i know i am likely to contract it from him too despite being super vigilant with cleaning and washing.

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Can I catch MRSA from my sister?
Posted by jacky
Last Reply December 4, 2010 at 18:42
Started July 5, 2005 at 06:15
If anyone can help me with a dilemma I am facing I would be very grateful. My sister, aged 52, contracted MRSA after having a pin inserted for a broken femur at Addenbrooke's hopsital, Cambridge, England in February. She had metastatic breast cancer which had spread to the bones and bone marrow, was very anemic and had had three rounds of chemotherapy at the time of the operations, so had a very compromised immune system. She was put on IV vancomycin and meriperim (not sure of spelling) for about 3 months and has just been discharged on put on Teicoplanin via injection. She claims that her last swabs have come back negative and that she doesn't have MRSA anymore and that I can't catch it from her. In fact, even in the hospital she was under the impression that the gloves and apron were for her protection, rather than the visitors'. My problem is that I am planning to have surgery myself in the fall here in Canada, and was going to visit my sister in England this summer, but my... read more

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MRSA in bone and joints
Posted by H.Winkler
Last Reply December 4, 2010 at 17:35
Started November 25, 2006 at 19:23
With interest I read about the activities of patients suffering from MRSA. Maybe we can be of help at least for those facing an orthopaedic problem. Based on our experience in treatment of bone infection and the development of innovative procedures we have established our Osteitis Center in Privatklinik Döbling / Vienna
Our Clinic is fully equipped with the most up to date tools, all personnel is English-speaking and trained in nursing foreign patients. We treat all kinds of infections around bone, including posttraumatic osteomyelitis, infected implants (total joint replacement) and diabetic foot syndrome. Some publications in British Journals describing our approach can be found on the Internet ( Relying on our rigorou... read more

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mrsa in incision
Posted by kim
Last Reply December 4, 2010 at 09:01
Started December 4, 2010 at 09:01
Thank you for this group....I have been dx with mrsa in my incision and on antibotics for it at home. Recently had a hysterectomy for cancer. I have only had a swab test to confrim that. I have been watching the incision and I am not sure but there does seem to be some darker color changes. Hard to tell if it is healing or mrsa. Any suggestions...thank you Kim

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MRSA and C-diff together
Posted by adcandsc
Last Reply December 2, 2010 at 04:27
Started August 27, 2006 at 17:26
Can anyone offer advice please? My mom has contracted both of these illnesses since going into hospital 11 weeks ago after suffering renal failure and other complications. She is going downhill, has stopped drinking, hardly eats and is lethargic and weak. Yesterday her speech was slurred and today she is saying she keeps seeing her mom (who died in 1957). I know she is ill, and all the posts I read have made me panic.

I am going in to see her doctor/consultant hopefully on Tuesday but from what I read I am worried that I will be fobbed off.

This is her eleventh week in that ward - she was put in a geriatric ward. Surely with kidney failure and how low her immune system was they could have put her in a more intensive care type ward. She was not expected to live when she went in she was so bad. She collapsed after my dad died in June and even though she lost the will to live we have managed to get her to fight back. She fought her way back to beginning to walk again a... read more

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Dad with MRSA
Posted by Gary
Last Reply November 18, 2010
Started October 28, 2010 at 16:48
My Dad has had an amputation of the leg in the ERI. He developed bed sores and was left in his own excrement a few times. I know this because I found him and complained. He was moved to a rehabillitation hospital and the swabs taken at the ERI came back positive for MRSA in his open bed sore wound (the size of a small fist.)His stump has only a normal infection. He has done a course of Vancomysin (sic) and has now started a combination of two new anti biotics.
The consultant was less than cheery and told my mother that he was very ill and may die.(THOUGH HE LOOKS GREAT) They also say it will take months to heal. What is the real story with this infection what happens next ? will he ever be rid of it? will he die of it? How long will it take to heal?
I seem to get a different story from every nurse or doctor I talk to and we just don't know whats going on.
Thanks in advance for any advice.


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case study
Posted by nikki
Last Reply November 18, 2010
Started November 15, 2010 at 22:55
Good evening everyone, I don't have or ever suffered with mrsa. I am aware that there are many strains some of which anti-biotics can not cure. I worked for the NHS for 15 years, in the management sector, so also aware of how quickly it can spread and how dangerous it can be for some patients. Anyway I have now been a full time mum for 4 years and currently wishing to set up my own business from home, which brings me to why I am displaying this message on the MRSA notice board. I could go through the NHS, speak to specialists in infectious diseases, but may come to a hault? I am not quite sure about the ethics of this topic and have enough information at the moment about MRSA, but in the near future I may wish to call for a couple of people with a mild form of MRSA (to begin with) to trial a gel made from raspberries. This gel has in the past been used on people I know with burns, skin discolouration, new tatoo's, suspicious looking moles, scare tissue, stretch marks, abrassion... read more

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Posted by couchmonkey
Last Reply November 13, 2010 at 18:11
Started November 6, 2010 at 06:58
I have had MRSA for 2 years now. I am 20 years old, and aside from
getting colds fairly often, I consider myself healthy. My doctor told
me I was colonized, I have taken nearly every kind of antibiotic. I
put the nasal cream inside my nose, taken bleach baths and wash my
hands frequently. The past year or so, my outbreaks have been less and
less extreme, with fewer trips to the hospital/doctor to have any abscesses drained and stuffed. Id say its been about a year that I had
much trouble, and yet last week I noticed a spot, of course in one of
most humiliating places possible. After nearly a week of sitting on it
(literally) I couldnt take it any longer and went yesterday to the
hospital, where I was treated, and given antibiotics and such. When I
arrived at the hospital, I was only in pain, no fever. When I left the
hospital, on the drive home, I got a fever, and chills and could not
stop shivering for over an hour. I got a headache after awhile and
fough... read more

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after staff joint pain
Posted by carles hines
Last Reply November 13, 2010 at 06:08
Started November 13, 2010 at 06:08
i was in the hospital to have a heart procedure and was a simple operation but i was in the hospital for ever , i finally told them a day before thanksgiving that the let me out or i was going to leave . they let me out but prescribed high powered antibotic which cost 125.$each .they never told me i had staff ,and now i cant walk i squeak like i need oil in my knees
, i went to my family DR for 3 month check up and he told me that i had staff infection while in the hospital , now i am crippled

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MRSA question
Posted by Janelle
Last Reply November 10, 2010 at 02:57
Started November 1, 2010 at 15:03
I had a boil that tested positive for mrsa infection. Because I'm pregnant I was then referred to an infectious disease specialist who wanted to do a nose swab that came up negative. I know I have mrsa because the boils I have since gotten fit all the signs and pictures found online and I have a hard time believing that all of the sudden I no longer have it. I have not been able to be treated because I'm pregnant so I have to hold out a few more weeks, but not I'm not so sure they will treat me because their test came up negative. Is it possible to have a culture done and it be positive and nasal swab come up negative?

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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.


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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

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.

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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

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


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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
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

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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

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

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