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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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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

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Seagulls linked to superbugs
Posted by linda mccafferty
Last Reply October 9, 2010
Started October 9, 2010

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Bible germ ban
Posted by linda mccafferty
Last Reply October 9, 2010
Started October 9, 2010

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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..............

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