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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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Abcesses a problem after mrsa?
Posted by mdesr
Last Reply May 19, 2009 at 23:30
Started May 19, 2009 at 21:27
I went in for an arthroscopy after I hurt my knee at work. I developed MRSA as a result. I had about 8 surgeries within a 2 months span to try to get rid of the bug. I was on Vancomyacin and one other antibiotic, which I can't remember the name of.

I just recently started to get abcesses. Within a year I've had about 4 recurrences of them. Has anyone else had this problem? If so, is there a way to keep them from coming back, or am I continually going to get them.

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MRSA PVL-House of Lords
Posted by Rosie KV
Last Reply May 16, 2009 at 18:55
Started May 15, 2009 at 16:46
This week Baroness Masham (who knew a 19yr old student who died of PVL MRSA, raised a question in the House of Lords. She was asking for this to become a notifiable disease. You can view the debate here: (approx 11.10 of the broadcast)

There is also a very good article here

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Staph Treatment advice
Posted by jd1974
Last Reply May 15, 2009 at 16:53
Started April 29, 2009 at 11:51
I've had a staph skin infection since around 2001, I get pimples, furuncles and carbuncles.

I've tried getting treatment through various GPs and some specialists, ive been prescribed various oral and topical treatments, none of which have been effective.

The specialists took nasal swabs and both found no pathogen, but yet I still get these boils.

Ive been trying Dermol 600 over the past few weeks with no result, and I also wash with Hibi+ wash every day - which seems to help healing a bit.

My question is this:

If they can't find a pathogen in my nose, then what is the next step in finding out exactly what variant of Staph I have, because I believe that, before I can begin to fight this infection and get it treated - I need to know what exactly what variant i'm dealing with surely!?

I don't believe the approach I've experienced up till now is useful any more, which has basically been people giving me "best guess" treatment, and "try this and come back in 3 months" a... read more

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How to Heal open wounds quick
Posted by Jake
Last Reply May 9, 2009 at 18:25
Started February 21, 2009 at 17:37
Hi I have been having MRSA outbreaks for the past couple months and my doctor keeps saying let them heal by themselves. I just recently was prescibed bactrim and seems to be helping i thought but now I just got another one on the corner of my mouth. I am leaving for cancun for spring break in less than a week and need this GONE ASAP! What can heal it quick? What can i ask my doctor for? I am so upset about this i almost lost it this morning when i woke up and saw it in the mirror. Any help would be greatly appreciated! Thanks

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Posted by sharron ruddy
Last Reply May 9, 2009 at 15:14
Started March 10, 2009 at 18:45
hi there
how is linda hope you are ok and your hubby to well had my op in dec last year wound is still leaking after nearly 3 months and 3weeks ago i had been tested for mrsa again and guess what yes i have it again so 3 weeks on tested again and its still there but doc says i dont need the tablets again as my wound is closing up dont understand it but there you go i had mrsa 3 years ago as well if you see this linda give me a wee email
best wishes

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Posted by linda mccafferty
Last Reply May 9, 2009
Started May 9, 2009
This is how people in Scotland are dying

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where to get a staph test
Posted by DP
Last Reply May 5, 2009 at 22:52
Started May 5, 2009 at 20:50
Got bad Pityriasis amiantacea and staphylococcus are sometimes known to be the cause. Need to establish this to get the right antibiotic treatment.

So I need to get a staphylococcus test done. My GP refused to do this on the nhs or privately (some rubbish about their guidelines).

Does anybody know anywhere I could get this done?

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