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370.70 for medical notes
Posted by Karen
Last Reply June 28, 2009 at 23:39
Started September 7, 2008 at 20:28
I have just been informed via my solicitor that the hospital that treated and gave my late mother MRSA are asking for 370.70 to retrive her medical notes. I have formally complained about the circumstances leading to my mum's death and have had a meeting with the hospital. I have a very strong case to take this further ( a non sterile cannular from which she contracted MRSA) and they know this. Am i wrong in thinking this is disgusting? They caused my mother's death and now they want me to pay them hundreds of pounds to access her notes. Any advice would be gratefully recieved, cant beleive the arrogance and greed i am facing.

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MRSA free after 3 years!!!
Posted by Gerry
Last Reply June 26, 2009 at 10:18
Started June 26, 2009 at 10:18
Hi All, Im a 48 yo male and have had Diverticulitis for a few years and had a bowel abcess removed at a clinic. I'm not sure where I got MRSA but it started not to long after the procedure. I started getting boils on my torso, buttocks and upper thighs. I thought it was just a hygiene issue but went and got checked 2 yrs ago and tested pos for staphilococos aureus. The docs prescribed peroxide washes and antibiotics. I gave up on the docs 6 mos ago since I dont have insurance and was paying big $$$ at a University Hospital with no resolve. I started taking colloidal silver(1100ppm/3drops) in the am, vitamin c, zinc, magnesium supplements daily. I apply my own solution of Hibiclens/50% water/3 drops colloidal silver mixed, applied directly to effected areas as soon as there is itching or a bump forming. Shave body hair off of the affected areas. I apply hibiclens to effected areas when I shower and wash it off after 5 minutes every three days. Immediately I noticed the boils weren't ... read more

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Filth in Hospitals
Posted by Debbie
Last Reply June 26, 2009
Started June 26, 2009
My sister had an abcess on her leg, she was treated in hospital, they operated on her leg, drained the abcess. After spending a few nights in there she was sent home, however her wound would not heal. She was attending a local day clinic having her dressings changed, the nurse took swabs to be tested, results came back that she had MRSA. She was operated on in November 08, she was worried about the op as she was over weight, she was told not to worry as she had "a very strong and healthy heart" in early Feb 09, she died of a massive heart attack, aged only 44. I read an article about MRSA, it stated that main cause of death when you have MRSA is heart attack, as it causes blood clots. I don't understand how she can be told that her heart was healthy and strong to dieing of heart attack a few short months later. Local authorities told my family that MRSA wasn't the cause of death. I personally think that authorities cover up this disease, they don't want law suits on their ha... read more

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MRSA again??
Posted by lisa
Last Reply June 19, 2009 at 18:25
Started June 19, 2009 at 18:25
hi, my name is lisa, i am 43 ys old, I live in ontario canada. I contracted MRSA 2 years ago, I had went into a hospital to be treated for a bowel abcess because I have a bowle condition called"diverticulitis", anyway, before that I never had this MRSA, filthy-dirty hospital I had to be in for 2 weeks. I was treated like I had one of the worst deseases in the world, it was very embarrassing. Now 2 yrs later. today I went to the local hospital here where I live to get a test for carpal tunnel and after waiting 1 hour, the doctor and his nurse come out only to tell me that they noticed on my chart that I have not yet been cleared for MRSA, I told them it occured 2 yrs ago, he boldly told me right in front of the other patients in the waiting room, that I have to be retested and they cannot see me today about my carpel tunnel unless they disinfect the whole examining room first. I left and cried all the way home, I am so embarrassed and hurt, i never asked for this MRSA. I think the go... read more

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pnuemonia broncial breathing problems linked t
Posted by ann
Last Reply June 19, 2009 at 11:04
Started December 28, 2005 at 13:52
Yet again i found out that a friend of mine lost her mother to mrsa but they said it was pnuemonia and emphisema,what the heck are they doing in hospitals for this to be aloud to carry on, after all the write ups on mrsa and and what it does to patients and still denying the true cause of death so sad.

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Does having this lead to other disease?
Posted by Mary
Last Reply June 17, 2009 at 14:44
Started June 17, 2009 at 14:44
I had MRSA staph n my spine begginng in September of 2007. I was in the hospital for 4 weeks was treated with vancomyasin through the veins, then a central vein line was put in and sent home and was treated with in home healthcare with same drug for 4 weeks.The side of this drug was bad, it was almost like having chemo. I was told I would have a 35-40% chance that I would might get it again. From then until now I have been "sick". My doctors now are saying I have symptoms of an auto-immune disease. THe have been testing for MS, Lupus, MENI, MENII, and a lot of other things. Of course every test comes back negative. I think it is all related back to the staph. Has anyone else been told that they might delop one of these conditions? I would love to hear if anyone can relate....THanks

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Infertility due to neglect by NHS.
Posted by sarah maria
Last Reply June 17, 2009 at 13:23
Started June 17, 2009 at 13:23
My problem started when i was around 18yrs old with pains in the lower half of my stomach, so i made a doctors appointment explain that the pains only occur a week before my period, he said it was nothing to worry about and put me on painkillers, as the months past the pain got worse so went back to the doctors, this time he said it was my bowels this carried on for around 2yrs, until i admitted myself into hospital were i was put on antibiotics straight the way through a drip, even in hospital no one explained to me what was wrong.
I'm now 26yrs old and found out last week i'am unable to concieve natural and would have to proceed with IVF,due to having PID but my consultult is unaware off the amount of damage, which i'm still to find out, through an operation in august.

To even get the appointment from the hospital, was a joke, where the same doctor misplaced all my paper work and had done nothing about refereing me to the hospital for over 6months until i rang.

Can anyone g... read more

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The Safe Patient Project campaign
Posted by Cheryl B
Last Reply June 10, 2009 at 11:34
Started June 10, 2009 at 11:34
The Safe Patient Project at Consumers Union (nonprofit publisher of Consumer Reports) is working to improve the safety and quality of the U.S. health care system through community involvement and leadership on public policy. CU works with a network of activists throughout the country, connecting them together to share information with each other and to connect them with media and public policy opportunities where personal stories make a real difference. You can learn more and share your story with Consumers Union at or email Daniela Nunez, Grassroots Organizer, at

The Safe Patient Project campaign is focused on eliminating medical harm, improving FDA oversight of prescription drugs and promoting disclosure laws that give information to consumers about health care safety and quality.

And we can help support this campaign by sharing with them our personal HA-M... read more

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Infection Control
Posted by linda mccafferty
Last Reply June 10, 2009
Started June 10, 2009,p2.html........ we need this study done in the UK .

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Side effects to Zivox
Posted by Susan
Last Reply June 9, 2009 at 19:53
Started June 11, 2005 at 02:22
Can you share with me the side effects of taking Zivox. We are taking it for an MRSA infection in the arm. Already tried Vancomyocin, and it was not successful in removing the MRSA.

Thank you,

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Joining the MRSA Club....
Posted by Annie10
Last Reply June 9, 2009 at 11:22
Started June 9, 2009 at 05:35
Hello! I recently contraced CA MRSA. I have now had it 2 times in 6 weeks. The first time I noticed small zit on buttocks on a Sunday and by Monday it was huge. 2 days later they cut it and packed it and gave me Bactrim. It healed quickly. About 6 weeks later, the top of my foot got sore and in one day became huge. MRSA again. It wasn't like a boil or zit, though, it was more under the skin. I was admitted to hospital for 5 days and on Vancomycin IV every 12 hours. The fourth day the infection was concentrated to one side of my foot so they cut it in 4 places and packed it. The holes are still open and oozy, after 2 weeks, though they are healing. I noticed both times while taking Bactrim I was soo sick to my stomach and throwing up, gagging over everything, etc. So they took me off of that and put me on Doxycycline. Doc said not good that I can't tolerate Bactrim. Also, the Vancomycin in the IV caused allergic reaction, so they had to drip it really slow and give me Benadryl. So, ... read more

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passed on in saliva???????
Posted by patricia
Last Reply June 9, 2009
Started June 4, 2009 at 20:40
Can MRSA be transmitted in the saliva of a person who is known to have caught the virus a few years ago in hospital?, they are now well but i would jump to the conclusion that they are now a carrier. I ask because they now do lots of spitting and spraying and it goes all over the many people that spend time with them. Thank you for reading.

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New superbug chief
Posted by linda mccafferty
Last Reply June 8, 2009 at 13:56
Started June 8, 2009 at 13:56

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Bed tracking system
Posted by linda mccafferty
Last Reply June 1, 2009 at 13:42
Started June 1, 2009 at 13:42
Will this work i doubt it !!!!

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Last Reply May 30, 2009 at 15:01
Started November 26, 2004 at 11:10
Does anyone have any information about the new TIGERCYCLINE medication that is supposidly being fast tracked through in America. I came across an article as below

New superdrug to beat MRSA superbug
Source: Daily Express
Date: 01/11/2004
A 'super antibiotic' will be unveiled by doctors today in the fight against the hospital superbug MRSA. The drug called tigercycline has been proved to be more effective in killing the bug than current standard treatments. Professor Peter Hawkey, Professor of Public Health Bacteriology at the West Midlands Public Health Laboratory, said: "we urgently need new options to combat resistance to other antibiotics. Developments in the last 20 years have been few and far between". The treatment is being fast-tracked by American and European drug licensing agencies and should be available in the UK within 18 months. The drug is being unveiled today at the annual Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy meeting in Washington.

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Posted by Michelle
Last Reply May 28, 2009 at 15:49
Started May 27, 2009
My name is Michelle and I have a four year old son named Jhase who has MRSA in his ear canal. He first contracted from the nursing home in 2007 where my grandmother stays after she contracted it and they failed to mention the danger of transmission. We thought that we had cleared it up after 6 sets of tubes and almost nine months of treatment. We had 1 year without symptoms. In February this year Jhase started having trouble with his ear again. He was immediately tested for MRSA and it tested positive with resistance to everything except 4 antibiotics. I too contracted it on my skin and had to endure an I&D and a 3 day hospital visit. We thought that again we had cleared this up but after 3 weeks his symptoms are returning. Jhase has been on every medication and is allergic to Vancomycin (having Redman's Syndrome) severly. We came home on IV medications with him using Zyvox and they said that they thought it would be fine. My entire life has been shut down caring for him and... read more

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mrsa in spenoid sinus?
Posted by paula
Last Reply May 27, 2009 at 15:58
Started May 27, 2009 at 15:58
I just wanted to know if anyone has had this experience. I had sinus surgery on my sphenoid sinus because it was totally blocked. While they were in there the fixed my deviated septum. I went back to the ent yesterday to have my packing and splints removed and the doc told me my report came back saying I have mrsa in my sphenoid sinus. He stuck this longgggg metal straw like tube way up into that sinus and put some kind of meds in there. He told me to keep my head tilted back for a half hour to let it work on the tissue. My question is how will I know if it worked? I go back to him in 6 weeks. The sinus thats infected is very close to the brain. I may be paranoid but what if the mrsa can go into the brain? Please help if you can.Thanks Paula

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The difference between Sweden and the UK
Posted by Not surprised really
Last Reply May 26, 2009 at 12:16
Started May 26, 2009 at 12:16
This article shows a completely opposing view to the way we accept MRSA here in the UK - if only we were as cautious as the Swedish:

Hospital exposed patients to infection
Published: 26 May 09 08:11 CET
Patients at Karolinska University Hospital in Solna were housed last summer in the same department as those with the resistant MRSA bacteria.
The hospital took a deliberate decision to deviate from infection regulations due to a shortage of space, according to a report in Dagens Nyheter.

The hospital's internal documentation shows that the Chief Medical Officer Stefan Engqvist in consultation with the hospital's infection and hygiene physicians decided to make the exception, initially for a duration of six days and then extended to 12 days.

During this time around ten patients who were not infected with MRSA were accommodated in the department.

Acco... read more

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Spending on infections versus MPs expenses
Posted by Red Rose
Last Reply May 22, 2009 at 18:32
Started May 17, 2009 at 13:16

"Hi all

Thanks to everyone who has already mailed about this. Like other NEC members I recognise and appreciate the hundreds of hours of unpaid time put in by volunteers on the ground, most of whom do not even claim expenses for travel, postage and telephone calls, but give them freely to help in electing Labour representatives. I know that campaigners now also have to deal with outright hostility ... read more

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What chance for patients with this attitude
Posted by Nurse
Last Reply May 20, 2009 at 16:21
Started March 9, 2009 at 23:39
A nurse in the NHS
i have just watched your discussion about hospitals and i was infuriated. people who don't work in hospitals need to butt out, you don't know what its like one bit. i'm a student nurse just about to qualify and its people like you lot that are giving the nhs a bad name. i'm not saying hospitals are perfect but they are a damn site better than everyone bangs on about. as for being dirty, i have yet to go to a hospital that can be even close to dirty, i'm not saying that there aren't any but people are being led to believe that hospitals are pig styes. as for the MRSA bug, that silly woman, don't know your names, who thinks she got it while in hospital due to postnatal complications. first of all they would have done the operation anyway, secondly theatres are the cleanest places and thirdly roughly 50% of people walking around everyday carry MRSA and don't know. its often these people that bring the bug into hospital. and the reason MRSA is so resistant to everyth... read more

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