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Recently diagnosed- am I taking the right step
Posted by K.
Last Reply January 21, 2009 at 20:53
Started January 21, 2009 at 17:26
Both my boyfriend and I were recently diagnosed with MRSA. His case occured first, and was more severe than mine, resulting in three days of twice daily IV antibiotics (Vancomycin). I had two smaller infections which cleared up on their own, and recently developed a third, more severe one which was drained at the hospital and after a swab was done, I was given a ten day prescription of twice daily Apo-Sulfatrim. We're worried about catching it again, so we've taken the following measures to prevent re-infection:

Washed ALL bedding, clothing, towels etc that may have come in contact with the wound.
Bought antibacterial soap and body wash for the shower
Keep wound covered completely
No shaving for a month (ew, I know, but doc recommended it in order to prevent any skin lesions while we're healing)

Is there anything else you'd recommend? This MRSA thing is brand new to me, and VERY scary. Thanks for all help and suggestions.

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was anyone took the hospital trusts to court?
Posted by steven
Last Reply January 19, 2009 at 23:11
Started January 19, 2009 at 23:10
how have you got

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Petition call for c-diff probe
Posted by linda mccafferty
Last Reply January 17, 2009
Started December 1, 2008 at 23:42
The families of the 18 victims of the deadly c-diff outbreak at the Vale of Leven Hospital handed over a petition to the Scottish Parliament today calling for a public inquiry . the families handed the petition to Mr Frank McAveety, convener of Holyrood's Petition Committee.
Ms Sturgeon has referred the matter to Scotland's top law officer Lord Avocate Elish Angiolini.
Strathclyde Police and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE)have launched a parallel investigations and aim to report to the procurator fiscal by March 2009 .

Well Done to the C-Diff justice group .

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Posted by Rick Millington
Last Reply January 17, 2009
Started January 16, 2006 at 12:57
I know that Clostridium Dificile is not specifically included under the heading of this forum, but as a superbug, and probably just as lethal as MRSA, I would like to add this Topic.

It concerns my Mum who died on the 11th Jan at the Glenfield Hospital. Below is a response I wrote to another topic on this forum from Anna Boyd. I thought I would open this new topic to gauge the concerns of others on this website.......

My Mother died on Wednesday from complications brought on by C-diff. Initially she was held at Grantham hospital pending a date for a heart bypass and valve repair operation. She was there for 4 weeks, during which an angiogram and other tests were carried out. On the 20th November she was transfered to the Glenfield hospital, so the operation was soon to be.
Unfortunately her notes were apparently lost/misplaced, and instead of requesting copies of the teat results from the Grantham Hospital they scheduled to carry out some or all of the tests again. These test... read more

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MRSA in Babies
Posted by Ami
Last Reply January 16, 2009 at 22:06
Started January 14, 2009 at 11:59
My daughter was born at just 24 weeks and spent 17 weeks fighting for her life.On top of the many complications that come with being so premature,she contracted MRSA.I understand everyones anger at the fact that it is so common and is caught in areas where hand washing etc are so important.We were angry when we found out she had it and working within the NHS i understand the problems it can cause.We were lucky in the respect the baby unit tracked its source but we also know she contracted it probably whilst she was being resusitated.We accept she has it,it is horrible she is put into side rooms if she goes into hospital etc but at least this helps prevent spread.We rather have her here with us than if someone had spent the time to wash their hands that time would of meant she could of lost her life.I feel sometimes these things are unavoidable.The thing that annoys we is in the community such as health visitors etc they do not understand the ways to prevent this spreading,when i wen... read more

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Call for tsar to combat superbug
Posted by linda mccafferty
Last Reply January 15, 2009
Started January 15, 2009
Hospitals need a superbug specialist to fight the spread of the deadly infections it has been claimed .Labour MSPs, helped by infectious expert professor Hugh Pennington have drawn up a detailed plan they say would halve the number of cases .
And a key proposal is the appointment of a "superbug tsar" to take charge of the initiative .
It's implenmentation will make a real diffrence & should , over time bring Scotland in line with the other countries that have controlled their hospital accquired infections far more effectively .

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Police to quiz nurses
Posted by linda mccafferty
Last Reply January 14, 2009 at 17:27
Started January 14, 2009 at 17:27
In the Scotsman today it quotes that police are to quiz nurses on the Vale of Leven outbreak, one line read " it is unusaul to question NHS staff over outbreaks of healthcare - associated infections (HAIs)i read this with anger WHY NOT ! i always believed if a crime was committed suspects were questioned by the police for any evidence regarding charges on the crime & then took to court .

Outbreaks of C-Diff at Maidstone and Turnbridge Wells NHS Trust Kent, And Stoke Mandeville Hospital In Buckinghamshire, were investigated but police conclude there was no realistic prospect of securing convictions what chances do we have in Scotland .

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boy in a bubble
Posted by workinprogress wi
Last Reply January 14, 2009 at 12:19
Started December 30, 2008 at 11:15
does anyone else that has MRSA feel like this It didnt bother me at first when i found out i had mrsa ive been in and out of hospitals for a decade by then. But as times has gone by i see people going further and further away from me I'm very careful of what i do ect but it doesnt seem to matter my niece wont even let me see my grand nephew now because shes is worried he might get it.
I guess i cant balme her i would want to be near it if i didnt have it but it hurts. I guess i just needed to get this off my chest and didnt know where else to do it
Thanks for having this site
Be kind to one another


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miss information.
Posted by steven...belfast
Last Reply January 13, 2009 at 22:18
Started January 13, 2009 at 12:42
My father was admitted to a belfast hospital in september with fluid on his lungs.After 8 WEEKS of draining and scans wee were told he had lung cancer.......after release from hospital he was in in patient to see how things were going.after another 4 weeks out of the blue a DOCTOR told us about his MRSA,we were shocked to hear he was been treated for this and no one told us untill 11 weeks....why do the hospitals keep this information from us.........From the very first day they told us he has an infection but they dont know what it is...on new years eve.2.22 am,my daddy died.THEY SAID IT WAS THE LUNG CANCER BUT WE THINK IT WAS THE MRSA THAT HELPED CAUSED HIS UN TIMLEY not happy with my daddy contacting mrsa so ive got a solictor to get all my daddies hospital notes.

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Posted by RosieKV
Last Reply January 11, 2009 at 16:09
Started January 8, 2009 at 16:25
My daughter (20) got CA-MRSA 15months ago - probably from gym or swimming pool. It was on her chin and initially treated as impetigo. The MRSA diagnosis was not given until she left the hospital.

Since then it keeps recurring. She has had abscesses on her stomach, on the back of her neck, under her arms and this week, one on her breast.

The MRSA showed in tests to be treatable with Clindomycin. The Drs also mentioned that it was an ununsual strain, usually found in the army.

Despite swabs of skin/nares being negative, she has decolonized once and they want her to do that again after this 7 day course of Clindomycin.

It is obviously distressing for her to deal with this as she is away at uni. The infections make her tired and the abscesses are disgusting for anyone - especially a young girl.

I have a few questions:
- is there a blood test for MRSA?
- can they test her blood after the antibiotics to see if she is clear?

The doctors seem to think she is carrying th... read more

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Combatting MRSA
Posted by MataMan
Last Reply January 8, 2009 at 16:35
Started December 13, 2007 at 15:13
We all know that MRSA is pesky-and some of us appreciate the misguided recommendations that using alcohol-based hand sanitizers will "kill" MRSA. On immediate contact perhaps, but alcohol-based sanitizers actually dry within seconds of being applied to the skin, and once they dry, its no longer effective. The liklihood of MRSA being on your hands at the same time that you apply it is remote. We'd otherwise recommend a safer alternative to alcohol-based products--one is a product called Soapopular. Its primary ingredient is benzalkonium chloride--and its an antiseptic. No dry irritated skin, no fragrance, no risk of infection--and effective against MRSA...more info at

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Posted by Tiffany
Last Reply December 31, 2008 at 16:46
Started December 30, 2008 at 18:19
I have been in pain since the middle of September. I have had a number of test performed and continued to hit a wall. I went to the ER because I couldn't take it anymore. My symptoms were/are vomiting, diarhea, lower abdominal cramping, and nausea. I was diagnosed the first ER visit with gastritus and a week later the second visit with colitiz when they did a CT. The next day I went to a gastro and he scheduled me for a endo and coloscopy I was clean no gastritis or coloitis. I did stool samples and tested positive for MRSA and C-diff the ID spec. put me on vancomcin and the pain continued. I called the ID spec to ask if the pain and diarhea was normal while on the antibiotic he seemed clueless even suggested that maybe somethin else was wrong. Please help I'm 27 years old and have no clue what to do now. Any advice is greatly appreciated. I'm scared to death.

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Merry Christmas
Posted by linda mccafferty
Last Reply December 23, 2008 at 17:39
Started December 16, 2008 at 22:53
Id like to wish you's all a very Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year, i will be looking in over the festive period for anybody who needs any help or support or just someone to talk too . i remember not that long ago at Christmas i was on here very stressed & tearful about my mother & there was someone here even on Christmas day for me it's a kindness iv never forgot , what was given to me i now give back .

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Grandad Passed Away MRSA
Posted by Karen Johnson
Last Reply December 22, 2008 at 13:11
Started December 22, 2008 at 10:11
Hi, I just had to tell someone that yesterday my grandad passed away due to an MRSA infection. My mum and her brother are as you can imagine very upset, particularly my uncle as he was my grandads carer. My grandad also suffered from Altzheimers and originally went into hospital for double phnemonia which he recovered from, he was always a strong fit person. I know nothing really about MRSA and just wanted to share my thoughts with people who may understand what we are going through as a family. I am so glad that at the end I was not able to see him because I am able to remember him as a strong fit person. I Live in Norfolk and he lives i Durham so it was very difficult for me to get up and see him. I am still feeling a bit guilty and but we were going to see him at xmas. I do not want to put a downer on anyone, I just needed to get things off my chest. Thanks for being there for me.

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staph found in my nose
Posted by Leonie Cent
Last Reply December 21, 2008 at 23:30
Started December 15, 2008 at 04:23
Hello to all and I appreciate the opportunity to ask a question.
The hospital did a swab of my nose to check for "staph" as they put it, as I'm due for a knee replacement operation in February. It came back positive. Can anyone point me to some information about this - does it mean I also have the infection in my body, or is it just living in my nose ? How would the staph in my nose impact my general health ? Any information would be appreciated. Thanks again...
Leonie 43yrs (Australia)

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mrsa on face?
Posted by sean
Last Reply December 21, 2008 at 19:24
Started December 21, 2008 at 06:42
so i thought i had acne, than i got a painful "zit" on day. I mean it hurt so bad i could tell it was deep in the layers of my skin. I woke up about 2 days later after this "zit" started appearing and it and evolved into a huge pimple/boil. It was bigger, red, swollen, and hard to the touch. It felt like a rock! I went to the doctor and he said without taking a culture he isnt 100 percent technically sure, but said that from his experience and professional opinion that I had a MRSA infection going on. I was prescribed Doxycicline(i think thats how you spell it). Will the mrsa go away? I am afaird once i stop the antibiotics that blemishes will reappear and be even harder to battle next battle. I was prescribed the antibiotic for a complete month and its 100mg, twice a day? is there anything else i can do or take??

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MRSA - in babies blood
Posted by Ann
Last Reply December 7, 2008 at 15:19
Started December 7, 2008 at 01:35
Just need some reassurance and advise about this. My baby(7 months) was admitted to hospital for a couple of days with a virus and gastroenteritis. They found MRSA in his blood after routine tests - community acquired. He was discharged as a healthy baby, however I was not given any information about this. Is he vulnerable to infection and how will this will affect him in the future.Is he able to attend a nursery environment, without putting other children at risk?

Any advise would be appreciated.

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Posted by DJ
Last Reply December 7, 2008 at 13:54
Started December 7, 2008 at 01:43
Just a question,can you contact MRSA from someone who has been diagnosed with MRSA?

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Oil of oregano for how long?
Posted by V
Last Reply December 5, 2008 at 23:55
Started December 4, 2008 at 14:59
Oh my goodness, I just received my oil of oregano in the post and it tastes awful! Like fire and strong herbs! How long should an MRSA sufferer take this for? I don't have boils or anything but a small wound where I had a surgery, which is about a finger tip deep I would say. Am also using tea tree oil and manuka honey plus bactroban cream. I hope everyone is well as can be! Some of the things I have read sound awful :(

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Jay and Z
Posted by cas
Last Reply December 2, 2008 at 12:55
Started August 10, 2008 at 21:12
Has anyone any idea whats happened to Jay and Z? Has anyone heard from Jay? I followed their plight and was so impressed with Jays dedication and dignity. I hope that Z is making good progress. If you are reading this Jay, I am still praying for you both

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