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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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Posted by B.C.
Last Reply September 30, 2010 at 15:17
Started September 11, 2010 at 19:24

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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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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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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 .

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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

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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 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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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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Posted by linda mccafferty
Last Reply August 16, 2010 at 12:58
Started August 16, 2010 at 12:58

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staph infection
Posted by tiffany
Last Reply August 10, 2010 at 17:27
Started August 10, 2010 at 17:27
My daughter some how got an abcesss where does it come from I have no clue
and dr said it is a staph infection.....I'm hoping its not mrsa we will find out
today...please pray

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Wrong information on Hospital Notes
Posted by Perry
Last Reply August 9, 2010 at 15:06
Started August 9, 2010 at 15:06
The hospital have made some serious errors on my notes & these errors have stopped me from receiving an enhanced pension from my previous employer.
I challenged this with the hospital & they have agreed that they made 3 errors in my notes. They changed the notes & have made an yet another error-even more serious that the first 3.
Again I chalenged them but they are adamant that the notes are now correct.
I have tried to convince them that they are terribly wrong but they just wont accept that. There word is always correct atitude.
I have now been fighting them for almost 2 years. In that time our savings have been used to pay bills & mortgage.
Our savings have now almost dried up & we are at our witts end about what to do next.
Basically I have been told that I would be able to claim my enhanced pension if this information was removed from my notes.
I have now involved Icas & The Information Commisioners Office but this all takes time.
What I want to know is- is there anythi... read more

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Research Participants Needed
Posted by Nikki Parker
Last Reply August 1, 2010 at 19:35
Started July 29, 2010 at 06:26
I am a psychologist working at Leicester University, undergoing a research project about the psychological impact of Hospital Acquired Infections. I am looking for UK based participants who have acquired MRSA whilst in hospital, who would be willing to offer me an hour of their time for an interview. If you would like to share your story with me please reply to this post or email me at Thank you.

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MRSA & Intercourse
Posted by Ilona
Last Reply July 31, 2010 at 16:49
Started July 30, 2010
I have had periods of boils around my vagina and anus for many years. GP's didn't know what it was, and weren't really interested. No suggestion that a swab should be taken. Eventually a GP did suggest using Dermoil, which in combination with Quinoderm cleared up the boils. I thought that was the end of it.
I have now recently met a man I want to pursue a relationship with. I am dry following the menopause, so fitting a coil was suggested to encourage lubrication and facilitate sex. I had a swab done of my cervix before the procedure, which came up MRSA+.
I am now worried that I should not have a sexual relationship as I might pass the infection on. Can anyone comment?

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