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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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effects of staph
Posted by Bill
Last Reply September 14, 2010 at 01:04
Started September 8, 2010 at 20:16
No one is sure how I contracted my staph. I just remember going to sleep and waking up 3 weeks later in an I.C.U. with the skin on my feet peeling. I then found out I was in an induced coma because my heart and brain was swelling and that was the only way to avoid severe pain.I don't remember the exact strain of mrsa/mssa I had but at the time I was one of a small number of known survivors. I'm told that I will be in the medical journals. When I woke up I was then told I needed a new valve in my heart.I have since had that surgery twice the first one didn't take. Now I have chronic fatigue and pain in my feet and my memory is fragmented. It also seems my body isn't producing enough natural pain killer and pain management in the US is not the best. My insurance doesn't cover anything other than drugs to mask the symptoms and nothing to cure it. Does anyone have any ideas on what I can do other than becoming a pain pill junkie? I have already tried this and the cure is worse than the ... read more

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Bone Pain with MRSA
Posted by Lisa D
Last Reply September 6, 2010 at 23:26
Started May 24, 2007 at 04:40
The pain in my bones (hands, ankles and thighs) is so bad and the doctors are not prescribing pain meds. Anyone else havet his kind of pain?

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I hope i die before im old !!!
Posted by linda mccafferty
Last Reply August 31, 2010 at 02:00
Started August 31, 2010 at 02:00
What hope have our elderly got........... infected with mrsa & c-diff in our hospital's.......... but to starve to death into the bargain .http://video.news.sky.com/skynews/Home/UK-News/Elderly-Still-Going-Hungry-On-NHS-Hospital-Wards-Claims-Charity-Age-UK/Article/201008415709141?lpos=UK_News_Top_Stories_Header_3&lid=ARTICLE_15709141_Elderly_Still_Going_Hungry_On_NHS_Hospital_Wards_Claims_Charity_Age_UK

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Sueing NHS
Posted by Edited
Last Reply August 30, 2010 at 22:22
Started August 30, 2010
Posted by Rab Last Reply August 27, 2010 at 22:44
Started August 27, 2010 at 22:44

I went 2 hospital with bad chest pains. After xrays,blood tests I was sent home with nothing medically wrong apparently. 2days later still in terrible pain my gp arranged 4 me 2 go back to the same hospital. After tests,xrays etc. I was told Again there was nothing wrong,how I was wasting resorces and maybe I shud speak to a head doctor and I was looking attention and made to feel a ##### As I staggered in agony to the exit after ringin a taxi home a doc had another look at my xray and noticed id a colapsed lung. Could I sue !



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MRSA Forum
Posted by Rodrigo Martucci
Last Reply August 30, 2010
Started August 28, 2010 at 02:58
HAI Watch just launched a new forum called the HAI Watchdog Community. Its purpose is to help healthcare providers keep abreast of what’s going on in the world of hospital-associated infection prevention. It is just starting out but it will surely be an amazing place to learn what hospitals are doing to fight these infections or for the most recent news on HAIs. Please drop on by and check it out (at http://haiwatchdog.com).

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LEFT to die
Posted by CONNIE L
Last Reply August 23, 2010
Started August 20, 2010 at 03:17
My nephew thought a spider had bit him, got really sick and went to hospitial, he was put in ICU where he still is 2 weeks last Wednesday.
they said he had Necrotizing Fasciitis in his left upper leg going into the buttocks area,CAUSE by MSSA, was thought to have it in both legs but upon surgery found the muscles was still actived in the right leg, the trouble we are having is they refuse to operate on him, they say he would not make through the surgery, however he will not make it without it, in our area 2 different doctors has come in and refused to do it, they are saying now that all they can do is kept him comfortable, they tell us due to no insurance they are not able to transfer him, so he is dome to die. Stuck in southeast Texas, IS THERE ANY ONE THAT CAN HELP!! all he wants to do is live, he is stable, awake, talking, and scared, if any one knows anything please email me cs_ott@yahoo.com ASAP...... 8-19-10.

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MRSA following surgery please advise
Posted by pinktinknic
Last Reply August 23, 2010
Started August 20, 2010 at 09:56
Good morining everyone,
I just wondered if anybody could please give me some advise. I had surgery 3 weeks ago to remove a cyst from my left ovary. Following dischatge from the hospital i was re-admitted 2 days later with a severe urinary tract infection and was given a course of antibiotics which seemed to do the trick. A week later i was experiencing further sharp pains in my abdomen and noticed a thick pus/blood duscharge oozing from one of the surgical wounds in my belly button so i visited the GP who prescribed another course of antibiotics and took a wound swab. 4 days later my GP telephoned and asked me to go to the sugery where i was told i had MRSA. I was told to stop the antibiotics as the infection was resistant to them and commenced on Metronidazole tablets. I was given no other information at all.
I am now on day 5 and my wound has started to ooze the same thick discharge as before.
Should it have started clearing up by now or should i go back to my GP? Any advise w... read more

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Pre-operative MRSA protection
Posted by Ian
Last Reply August 20, 2010 at 01:06
Started September 22, 2006 at 23:26
My father is going into hospital for a major operation and is worried about the risks of contracting MRSA. He has asked me to help him find a protection barrier cream that can be applied to the skin where the incision will take place. I would greatly appreciate any advice as to what can be used and where I can buy it. many thanks.

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MRSA
Posted by karen porrett
Last Reply August 19, 2010 at 01:11
Started May 20, 2006 at 11:43
I was wondering if anyone can help me?
To cut a long story short my dad was having chemotherapy as a precautionary measure due to the fact they were 99.9% sure they got all the cancer out. He was really ill after each dose and we all asked the doctors if he needed the last dose they convinced us and my dad to go ahead with this
Unfortunately we were right and they were wrong my dad's body could not take the last dose. He was only out of hospital 2 days after his chemo finished he went into hospital on 4th April and died on 30th April.
He was in intensive care three times. The last time he never came out. His body was full of fluid he was like michelin man and he got a blood clot on 26th April in his right leg. On the 28th April they wanted to do a ct scan and pummped more fluid into him my dad never complained but he did while they did this as he was already full of fluid.
After his scan they were putting him on a dialasis machine and the doctor wanted to put a new line in his n... read more

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skin abscess
Posted by Asuey
Last Reply August 19, 2010 at 01:05
Started August 17, 2010 at 14:23
My husband developed a skin abscess on his neck on sunday. It started out looking like a pimple, but his neck was very sore. By Monday morning he could hardly move his neck so he went to the ER, where they said it was a skin abscess and to go to his dr in a few days to have it drained, they also gave him Bactrim. Throughout the day yesterday the area around the sore became hot to the touch and just got way worse. This morning he did not wake up to go to work and he NEVER misses work. He has tossed and turned all night. I also need to mention that about a month ago he went to the ER because he had sores on his leg that got infected. Without doing any bloodwork they told him it was staph (there was also a red rash). He was on Bactrim then also. And then about two weeks ago he saw his dr. and had another sore that was seeping so the dr. gave him so anti-depressant that is supposed to make him stop itching and some cream.

I'm just worried that this has turned into MRSA. I just went t... read more

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Treating MRSA
Posted by Sam Snelling
Last Reply August 16, 2010 at 21:15
Started January 30, 2006 at 18:11
I work as a nurse in a nursing home, I am used to using triclosan (AquaSept) for colonisation, however there has been some confusion with regards to the treatment regime. I believe you should treat for 1 week, rest for three days and then re-swab. Is this correct?

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