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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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recently diagnosed
Posted by katie holmes
Last Reply April 7, 2010 at 23:48
Started April 6, 2010 at 04:33
I am due to have a hysterectomy on 6th April. I was given a pre op examination & was shocked to discover that I tested positive as carrying the bug.

I'me pretty scared because you hear so much in the press and never take much notice (Because you think it will never happen to you)!!

I was in Hospital at xmas and the ward I was on had very bad hygiene. I feel this is where I picked up the bug. Can anyone please tell me the dangers of having this bug and having major surgery?? It is giving me sleepless nights!!

I have been given a solution to wash with and a cream for my nose.

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Acupuncture transmitted infections
Posted by ladyk
Last Reply April 6, 2010 at 12:25
Started April 6, 2010 at 12:25

http://www.scotsman.com/nhshealth/Acupuncture-transmitted-infections.6168198.jp


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Glasgow Royal Infirmary
Posted by linda mccafferty
Last Reply April 5, 2010 at 18:20
Started April 5, 2010 at 18:20
http://www.eveningtimes.co.uk/news/editor-s-picks-ignore/infection-fears-over-plan-to-axe-hospital-cleaning-staff-1.1018450

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More death's in Scotland
Posted by linda mccafferty
Last Reply April 5, 2010 at 18:18
Started April 5, 2010 at 18:16
http://news.stv.tv/scotland/tayside/167845-perth-patient-dies-after-contracting-cdiff/

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Happy Easter
Posted by linda mccafferty
Last Reply April 3, 2010 at 23:22
Started April 3, 2010 at 23:22
Happy Easter everyone , hope you's have a joyful & peaceful day .

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MRSA
Posted by PAT
Last Reply March 31, 2010 at 17:56
Started March 31, 2010 at 15:19
in 2007 my daughter had surgery on her lower spine for a prolapst disc which was fine they told us that she may need another opp on the next disc down but they werew hoping that it would corect it self, but in 2008 she needed surgery again whitch at the time seemed fine, but between 10 /12 days after she started going in to spasioms in her hole body which she was in agonny with they took her in to hosptle,but they did not know what was causing it they would not listen to me when I said that I though it was an infection,I was clast as one of thows fussy mothers, when I was prooved right it was found deep in her back next to her spine were there was no blood supply, so she was given a drug that had to be given through a hickman line for no more than six weeks be cause it brakes down the imoneitys in the body,it seemed to work it stoped the spasoms but we were told that the bug is still there it is just not active, our main fear is if she has surery again will it reactivate.

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Essential oil
Posted by linda mccafferty
Last Reply March 31, 2010 at 14:01
Started March 31, 2010 at 14:01
http://news.scotsman.com/health/Humble-plant-oils-found-to.6192412.jp

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infections
Posted by tricia
Last Reply March 31, 2010 at 02:54
Started October 1, 2008 at 12:58
i had mrsa last year but since december i have had nothing but trouble with my teeth i have had infection aftre infection now 9 months on i still have an infection and have lost 3 teeth plus i always feel tried all the time and all i keep getting told is that im depressed can any one please how they have suffered after the mrsa cause i feel i am going mad

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My Sister Has Staph Aureus
Posted by Marian
Last Reply March 24, 2010 at 23:33
Started March 24, 2010 at 23:33
Hi Linda

Just to give you a quick update regarding my sister Alison. She saw her Surgeon last week and he has prescribed another two antibiotics i.e. Ciproxin and Metrodonzle (sorry not sure of spelling)?
He said that if these antibiotics do not work then he will have to remove the mesh used to support the hernia. Needless to say she is feeling no better and still in pain. She will see her Surgeon on 25 March. I am concerned as who knows what like the infection will be in the inside and also the mesh has been there a few weeks now and its removal will not be an easy task. Really concerned. Linda please also see my posting regarding MRSA if you can advise please. Thanks very much. Will be in touch. Best regards.

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MY SISTER HAS STAPH AUREUS
Posted by Marian
Last Reply March 24, 2010 at 23:07
Started March 18, 2010 at 12:46
Hi Linda, many thanks indeed for your quick reply, very much appreciated. My sister (Alison) developed a hernia after she had a gallbladder removal last summer. This was an emergency operation at the time. The gallbladder was very much infected and was on the verge of erruption! They put her on antibiotics for a few days and then carried out the op by keyhole surgery. She was told it could have burst at any time. She got home and shortly afterwards the hernia was apparent. She was supposed to have been reviewed again 6 weeks after her op at NHS hospital in Aberdeen, Scotland. The appointment never came even although her own GP wrote twice. As time pastthe hernia was obviously getting bigger and very uncomfortable. This time she was referred to a private hospital in Aberdeen through her employer (in order that the hernia could be repaired quicker). This is the history up until when the hernia was carried out. She is to see the Surgeon today at the private hospital in Aberdeen.... read more

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Supermops
Posted by linda mccafferty
Last Reply March 20, 2010
Started March 20, 2010
http://news.scotsman.com/health/Supermops-join-battle-against-bugs.6162188.jp

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MSSA and Pseudomonas Infection
Posted by Alex Jones
Last Reply March 19, 2010 at 01:32
Started March 8, 2010 at 14:47
Has anyone had a pseudomonas and mssa infection? I have just come off of antibiotics after 7 months and have no idea how long it will be before I will be declared free from infection. I would also like to know how open wounds are covered after they have settled down (I have one on my forehead) and if the chances of re-infection are higher now when I go for the re-infection. My wound is on my forehead and the titanium plate and bone graft have been left in place. At this stage I am not sure whether they will remove them both or just do some cover up surgery. www.bugsdrugsandrocknroll.com

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MY SISTER HAS STAPH AUREUS
Posted by Marian
Last Reply March 18, 2010 at 01:46
Started March 17, 2010 at 23:21
My sister has just been informed she has the above bacteria after a swab of her wound was taken. She had a hernia operation done in February and right from the minute it was done (they inserted a wire mesh to support the hernia) there was problems controlling the pain. She was discharged the following day. After about 7-8 days she was worse and the wound was very much infected. Admitted to A&E and put on various antibiotics. From then until now she has been off antibiotics for about say 2 weeks. Again the wound is still leaking and we are now confronted with a diagnosis of Staphylococcus Aureus. I am really concerned as she is not making any progress. Can anybody help. Her own GP has said she does not have MRSA but why is the infection still there and the antibiotics do not seem to be working? We are at a loss.

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