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methotraxate and mrsa
Posted by mark todd
Last Reply May 21, 2010
Started May 19, 2010 at 21:12
My father has just been told he has mrsa i take methotrexate for crohns am i at risk too.

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my medical notes have been changed
Posted by nicola
Last Reply May 20, 2010 at 20:42
Started May 18, 2010 at 20:35
has this happened to you ?can any one help?

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bowel infection ! mrsa ????
Posted by gloria
Last Reply May 19, 2010 at 12:03
Started May 18, 2010 at 22:47
Having suffered severe constipation through out my pregnancy,iron tablets, 2 courses of prednisalone 2 couses of antibiotics for chest infections/uti,s !After passing a large compact stool a large amount of blood/mucas presented to follow.The following 2 wks was hell !!!!!:@
Temp up then down ,rash started to appear then fades , dizzy sick burning like hot oil pulse up then down as was blood preassure.bowels not opened for 2 weeks.a/e twice sent home panic attacks.doc contacted 27 times. doc gives coomoxiclav re bowel infection . Rash spreading up left hand side across shoulder into jaw all pain following root .In hospitl finally routine bloods nad????? passing green mucas like never seen in my life (jelly like dark green)came out volantry on walking one time!ugh sorry gross! Doc stops meds due to bld result x ray R constipation/ obstruction.5 more days in hospital canular entrance in arm septic lookin !health deteriated pain rash burnin spread to ears /temple , head banging ears c... read more

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MRSA spreading elsewhere
Posted by Jane
Last Reply May 16, 2010 at 16:55
Started July 7, 2005 at 19:28
Hi
I am hoping someone on here can tell me whats happening.My dad was in hospital for a chest infection.(He has asthma and emphysemsa)he was on the ventilator and had a catheter.He was sent home for a few days and then readmitted as he kept shivering with fever in the mornings only.They then kept hom in for another 8 days or so and then last Thursday said he has MRSA put him in a side ward and then sent him home.He was readmitted today as his urine was very cloudy and the doctor at the hospital said it means the MRSA is now in his blood and he has a clolny in his lungs.I don't think they know what to do with him actually.This is the third time in hospital.Also I myself have had a chest infrection which I am still recovering from.Would it be safe for me to visit him.(I don;t want to make him worse and I don't want to get MRSa.How contagious is this really.Please help.
Thanks
Jane

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treating MRSA with heat
Posted by Diane Miessler
Last Reply May 14, 2010 at 22:54
Started April 17, 2010 at 06:22
I've had much success treating superficial skin infections with very hot compresses - a wet washcloth in a ziploc baggie, microwaved for 15-20 seconds, until it's uncomfortably hot on the skin (not enough to burn, of course). Or, alternatively, soaking the affected area in very hot water. I've never seen it fail, if done hourly at the first sign of infection. I wonder why I can find no research on using heat against MRSA, instead of the ever-enlarging list of drug resistant antibiotics. It makes sense, as bacteria can only live in a certain temperature range, and heat stimulates immune activity. Any thoughts/info?

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Breast abscess
Posted by Gra
Last Reply May 8, 2010
Started September 30, 2008 at 16:49
I need some advice -I have had recurring sub areolar breast abscesses, 3 in the last 18 months, and am prone to boils on my buttocks and genital area. I have now developed a huge boil on my face at the side of my nose.This has been going on for a month. I have had breast abscesses drained (surgery) twice, and this last time a few wees ago it was caught early, and aspirated. Notwithstanding all the IV antibiotics I have had in hospital(I am allergic to erythromycin, penicillin and quinolones) it is getting bigger and more painful. Is it possible I may have an MRSA infection???

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Llandough hospital and uhw hospital cardiff
Posted by Rhian
Last Reply May 1, 2010 at 18:31
Started May 1, 2010 at 18:31
I had swabs done before my operation in
llandough hospital which were negative. After
op swabs were positive all areas over body.
Was moved to uhw and became seriously ill
and then diagnosed with septacemia (they
believe mrsa got in my blood through central
line). At uhw I then caught c. diff too.
Was just wondering if anyone had this problem
from these same hospitals?

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Red man syndrome from vancomycin
Posted by Rhian
Last Reply May 1, 2010 at 18:21
Started May 1, 2010 at 18:21
Hi, when I had mrsa sepsis I was first given vancomycin but 5 mins later I had a
severe reaction similar to an allergic reaction. Extremely hot 40 plus temp
already had high temp anyway, severe itching, red hot skin, skin looked red,
breathing tight, etc. Although similar to an allergic reaction they think it was red
man syndrome. From what I was told as did not remember much they gave me
adrenaline, piriton and some kind of steroid iv, which stopped the symtoms from
reaction but also left me knocked out and lifeless.
Anyone had the red man syndrome reaction or similar from vancomycin straight
after first iv dose?

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Could mrsa be transmitted this way ?
Posted by linda mccafferty
Last Reply April 27, 2010 at 18:15
Started April 27, 2010 at 18:15
http://www.infectioncontroltoday.com/hotnews/exposure-from-endoscopy-procedure.html

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Treatment of mrsa
Posted by Sarah
Last Reply April 23, 2010 at 16:56
Started April 14, 2010 at 11:26
My father in law went to
hospital with a number of
illnessess and now has mrsa in
the nose he has been given
antibiotics for this.
Is there anything else i can do?
should the hospital be
reported and if so to who?
Please help hes very weak and
fragile thru radio therapy and
also has lymphona a blood
cancer , so any suggestions ?

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Sweating - after effect of MRSA?
Posted by Susan Henderson
Last Reply April 23, 2010 at 10:47
Started April 23, 2010 at 10:47
Seven months after a MRSA infection that required three rounds of oral antibiotics, I am still having sweating problems. I never did sweat much and so over heating was a problem; it runs in our family. However, while I had MRSA, I was sweating profusely and in areas that had not sweated before. I am well now and have been for many months, but the seating continues! Any similar long term problems, and any ideas about how to get my Dr. to take this seriously?

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BLEACH BATH BY PFIZER
Posted by BELL
Last Reply April 22, 2010 at 19:58
Started April 22, 2010 at 19:58
http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/719330?src=smo

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March 26, 2010 (Atlanta, Georgia) — Nasal application of 2% mupirocin and bleach
baths were found to be more effective at eradicating Staphylococcus aureus
colonization than other interventions, according to the findings of a randomized trial.

At 4 months postintervention, only the mupirocin plus bleach bath was found to be
effective at eradicating S aureus colonization (69% vs 48%; relative risk, 1.26; 95%
confidence interval, 1.05 - 2.01; P = .02). All treatment groups were well tolerated,
with dry skin being the most common adverse effect.
"This current study is a pilot feasibility study for a larger trial to determine whether
decolonization would prevent future episodes of skin and soft tissue infection," Dr.
Camins told Medscape Infectious Diseases.
"Before we comple... read more

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SECOND OPINION
Posted by Elena Kilikita
Last Reply April 19, 2010 at 14:51
Started April 16, 2010 at 09:23
Hi we are looking for a medical expert who can scrutinise a case bundle as we have been told we do not have a case against the hospital. I was hoping someone on this site might be able to put me in touch with an "expert". We really just want a second opinion on whether we have a case against the hospital or not.
Many thanks
Elena

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flaws in hospital sanitation policies
Posted by Diane Miessler
Last Reply April 19, 2010 at 14:10
Started April 17, 2010 at 06:38
As an ER nurse, I'm acutely aware of this issue, dealing regularly with the painful (and costly) incision of MRSA abscesses. While medical and housekeeping staff (and state inspectors) have good intentions, I see glaring gaps in how sanitation is approached. MRSA is, clearly, spread primarily by hands - either contacting other hands or touching surfaces that other hands touch. Yet the emphasis on between-patient cleaning is on the mattress. Rarely do I see bedrails, pulse-ox probes, doorknobs, monitor buttons, or computer keyboards cleaned. At a recent state inspection, they required that plastic blood pressure cuffs be discarded after each pt (they could easily have been wiped down), but made no mention of pulse ox probes, which are routinely placed on finger after finger without cleaning. Many of those fingers have. . . how can I put this delicately?. . . been inside noses, a hotbed of MRSA colonization. Seems to me a major education of infection control staff and, through ... read more

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MRSA some facts
Posted by Sam
Last Reply April 17, 2010 at 06:29
Started January 20, 2006 at 17:54
Hello this is my first post, I am a science undergraduate and a regular in patient. I came across this forum whilst searching for information for my 3ed year project (public perception of MRSA). Hear are some facts about MRSA:
1. MRSA is a bacterium called Staphylococcus aureus, and is considered an opportunistic infection.
2. There are two types of MRSA Hospital acquired and Community acquired.
3. Around 30% of the population carrie Staphylococcus aureus up their nose and only a small percentage of this is MRSA.
4. Antibiotic resistance has come about through natural selection, the overuse of antibiotics such as penicillin. It is generally found that resistance occurs around 2 years after the wide spread use of the antibiotic.
5. The bacterium is predominantly spread through contact, although in rear circumstances it can be spread through coughing and sneezing.
6. There is currently no viable evidence that “dirty hospitals” are the cause of spread.
7. Diagnosis is through m... read more

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Please sign
Posted by linda mccafferty
Last Reply April 10, 2010
Started April 10, 2010
http://generalelection.rcn.org.uk/page/speakout/chancellors

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dad caught mrsa in hospital and was sent home
Posted by julie
Last Reply April 9, 2010 at 08:10
Started April 2, 2010 at 16:19
hi may name is julie my dad has been in and out of hospital for a few months now with the same infetion in his foot n leg, he went in last week and wen he went in they did mrsa swabs on him a new thing they have started to do they said . we were waiteing for sursongs to have a meeting to see about wot they were guunna do ( weather to amputate or not) 3 days after he was admited they sent him home out of the blue in an ambulace. The day after this our own gp had rung my mother telling her that my dad had mrsa. i think this is totaly wrong of the hospital to do this. Espesaly as 1 or 2 weeks b4 this the ward he was on at the time got closed down and everyone one that was in that ward was sent home and no reson was given as to why this had hapened . could some body please give me some advice on wot to do and if u no of any help we can get my dad free of this mrsa as we dont want to loose him.

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MRSA Blog
Posted by Belinda Shale
Last Reply April 9, 2010 at 04:38
Started March 23, 2010 at 12:31
Hi All

Just to let you know that we have just relaunched our MRSA blog on a new web site

http://www.patient-experience.com/index.php/mrsa-blog/

It would be re4ally great if you could have a look and tell us what you think

Belinda

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Re-infection of wounds
Posted by Stephen
Last Reply April 9, 2010
Started April 7, 2010 at 15:48
Hello, I was wondering if anyone can help..

I had a gall bladder operation about 5 months ago, it was done laproscopicly with a camera, but the wound bacame infected and it had to be opened up for treatment. I was readmitted to hospital for this and had to stay there for two months while this big gash in my belly was healed. I am finally out, but the wound keeps getting pus etc. It got tersted positive for MRSA, then got tested again and was all clear.

Have now been tested again, and it is positive again!! I have asked my nurse to test my family for MRSA, as I think that maybe they are passing it on to me, but the nurse and the doctor both say it is not neccesary. I feel they are not listening to me, and I cannot convince them to test my family.

How can I find out if my family have MRSA, do they have to have gall bladder operations themselves or do I really have to nag the doctor?

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MSSA
Posted by Frances Strickland
Last Reply April 9, 2010
Started April 8, 2010 at 04:37
My 4 year old grandaughter was taken to yhe doctor last Monday with a boil looking thing on her butt. The doctor said that they needed to take her to the hospital that she needed surgery as soon as possibly. So they did surgery on her and sent off a culture and it was not mercer it was something called Methicillin senitive stath aureus whatever that means because I can not find anything about MSSA. I need to know if she really needed surgery or did they jump the gun. I am Peyton's concerned grandmother.

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