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mrsa infected wound
Posted by Jilly
Last Reply October 5, 2008 at 16:43
Started February 12, 2006 at 22:06
i had a bowel resection in June 2004 due to colon cancer. All went well for 7 days then igot perintinitus(the bowel wound burst and scepticemea ocurred) another major op, 5 weeks in intensive care infected by mrsa a further 7 weeks in hospital. Home for 10 days a minor heart attack. Now 19 months on although greatly reduced my wound will not heal completely despite many different dressings. Can anyone offer any help or advice?

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Journalist from BBC searching for an esbl case
Posted by Romain Fournier
Last Reply October 2, 2008 at 12:10
Started October 10, 2005 at 11:07
My name is Romain Fournier, I'm working for the Real Story programm on BBC 1. I'm looking for persons who contracted the esbl bug producing E.coli infections or persons who have someone in their family who suffered from esbl. Please let me know if your interested> My e mail adress is

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Mrsa Action UK
Posted by Lily
Last Reply October 1, 2008 at 16:06
Started September 30, 2008 at 23:17
I have been trying to phone for information many times over the last week regarding mrsa but nobody is available to answer the phone please could you advise .

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could i have mrsa?
Posted by anom
Last Reply October 1, 2008 at 15:53
Started September 27, 2008 at 21:08
Help! after having a root canal filling and other dental treatment i have been experiencing alot of strange symptoms that have got progressively worse could this be mrsa? I have been vomiting firstly the day after the treatment, experiencing burning sensations in the body/ sweating alot/ numbness/shivering/fatigue/small pussy spots that look like impetigo have appeared around my mouth/painful joints/pins and needles/tremors/buzzing in the body. My treatment was over a year ago now and these symptoms just appeared following the treatment.

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Posted by Veronica
Last Reply September 30, 2008 at 16:34
Started September 24, 2008 at 08:53
My son is only 9 years old, i took him right away to the Dr. thinking that he was bit by a spider. The Dr. did a culture of sensitivity they prescribed him bactrim ds... while they get the results back. I just the results back today... Dr. said that he has MRSA but the antibiotic that he has taken the affected area got better... it looks that is healing he can walk perfectly question is how bad is this.. is he's going to be rejected by people just by knowing he had that?... are people going to critized him in the future. iam trying to find as much information about this. Still really hard for me...

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Former Birmingham nurse slams NHS after husban
Posted by Sunday Mercury article
Last Reply September 29, 2008 at 22:52
Started September 29, 2008 at 19:20
Sep 29 2008
A FORMER nurse whose elderly husband died after contracting MRSA at a Midland hospital has attacked the “shameful” hygiene standards on NHS wards.
Ina Gordon, 79, from Kingshurst, Birmingham, lost husband Alpheus, 74, when he picked up the killer superbug at Heartlands Hospital following a back operation last year.
Ex-nurse Ina and her daughter Susan, 38, from Burntwood, Staffordshire, launched legal action against the hospital, accusing the nursing staff of negligence.
Last week Heartlands settled out of court for a five-figure sum.
Grandmother-of-twelve Ina, who worked as a midwifery nurse at Solihull Hospital in the late 70s and 80s, claimed that her husband had been treated “like a dog” by nursing staff.
“It was so sad to see him die like that,” she said.
“I wasn’t even with him for his final breath, as the night nurse had made me leave the room so she could turn him in his bed. It broke my heart.
“The wards stank, there was muck on the floor, it was filthy.... read more

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Posted by Nikki
Last Reply September 29, 2008 at 18:37
Started September 28, 2008 at 22:04
Im currently working with developmentaly disabled adults in an extremly medical based house. A client who has mrsa came home from the hospital recently and other staff tell me he now has vrsa. These staff may or may not be right but either way im worried. The clients rights say we dont have to be told of any infectious diseases, (ie aids hep or herpease, which he has and is what cause the developmental issues.) We have no choice but to work in very close contact as we do showers, changing dressing tube feeding and so one. I feel I just dont know enough about the illness and its freaking me out. Are there cures what are the longterm side effects and if it is vrsa shouldnt he be isolated. I dont think he was isolated at the hospital this last visit.

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Coat of paint may kill bugs
Posted by linda mccafferty
Last Reply September 29, 2008 at 18:18
Started September 20, 2008
Superbugs such as mrsa could be wiped out from the UK hospitals within 3 yrs following a new project to develop a bateria-destroying paint . scientists have discovered large doses of the chemicals that give white paint its shiny gloss are capable of killing bateria , germs , & fungi . Titanium dioxide becomes "active" and kills off virtually all known germs including mrsa , E coli ,C diff when it is exposed to sun , fluorescent or other UV light .

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MRSA immunity
Posted by catlin
Last Reply September 27, 2008 at 13:21
Started November 28, 2005 at 19:30
Has anyone built an immunity to MRSA infection that you know of? I haven't read this anywhere, but would really like to know if possible. Thankyou. C

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MRSA at Nuffield Hospitals
Posted by Brian
Last Reply September 24, 2008 at 17:04
Started September 24, 2008 at 17:04
I was admitted into Brentwood Nuffield Private Hospital for plastic surgery. I was swab tested twice and clear of MRSA. After the op I lay with the wound exposed for 8 days whilst life & cleaning went on around me. My wound deteriorated; the Nuffield swab tested it. It came back positive for MRSA but they never told me, I found out later via the NHS and I suffered. The Nuffield covered it up. They put new patients in the rooms I had occupied, the rooms were never sanitised. The Nuffield lied to me, they will not follow their own Complaints Procedure. I am now pursuing via the GMC, NMC, Health Commission etc. If you are thinking of having surgery at a Nuffield, think again, try a different hospital. MRSA is a killer for the elderly and weak; people think that by going private they will be safer; this is not necessarily true. If you think this message is a wind up, ring the Brentwood Nuffield General Manager, Mr A Haysman, or Dep Matron Denise Baldwin, on 01245 695695 and ask if a pat... read more

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5 day MRSA
Posted by Sue
Last Reply September 21, 2008 at 21:10
Started September 21, 2008 at 16:29
My mother has just been told she has MRSA. She is diabetic. She had no circulation in her left foot. Eventually the big toe burst open and went black. She also had an open ulcer on her other heel. Nurses were coming twice a week to apply dressings to the ulcer but did nothing to the toe until it started to smell bad. My mother asked to see a vascular specialist privately as otherwise it was going to be up to 14 weeks to get an appointment. She saw a former Vascular Surgeon who prescribed yet more anti-biotics. The following week the pain was so bad I called a doctor and she was admitted to hospital. After 3 days they amputated her big toe and little toe because that had also gone black. She has COPD and had a heart attack on the op table. She was in ITU for 2 days on a ventilator. They told us to say goodbye but then she started to improve. She has been in hospital for nearly 5 weeks now and last week was diagnosed with MRSA. She has been told that it doesn't usually last more than ... read more

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Superbug linked to 600 deaths in a year
Posted by linda mccafferty
Last Reply September 20, 2008 at 21:58
Started September 20, 2008 at 21:58
Deaths linked to the Clostridium difficile superbug soared in scotland last year , fiqures revealed . the deadly infection was involved in almost 600 fatalities in 2007- up more than 40 per cent from the previous year .
And C difficile was the main cause of death in 220 of these cases , compared to 164 in 2006 .
Campaigners said the fiqures proved the superbug was " running amok " in hospitals ......

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A problem with forum
Posted by blowblob
Last Reply September 20, 2008 at 18:22
Started September 20, 2008 at 02:12
Hello I'm newbie here and can't find a search on the forum
Could please someone point me to it.


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Posted by Lisa Fiegel
Last Reply September 19, 2008 at 23:27
Started September 19, 2008 at 23:27
People, please go to
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Posted by SAMANTHA S.
Last Reply September 18, 2008 at 13:53
Started September 18, 2008 at 01:14

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Not so bad in Floida?
Posted by FLORIDA
Last Reply September 17, 2008 at 21:13
Started November 1, 2005 at 19:01
14 out of 17 of My family, and My wifes family have contracted MRSA in the Orlando Area. My wife had been diagnosed with MRSA while she was pregnant with my daughter and we almost lost her to this "minor" problem. For the first 4 months of my daughters life she was in the special care unit of a well know childrens hospital in orlando florida, initials (AP) they did a great job but passed the mutated bug as a common problem. She under went a major surgery and almost lost her left lung. I have tallied a total of 32 of 40 friends, co-workers and neighbors that have been bothered by the infection. My wife had a hole develop in her side over night that was the diameter of a quarter and as deep as the tip of your pinky. Little did I know that this bug can be spread through animals as well. My dog also contracted the bug. I am no longer researching MRSA as dramatically as I did when my daughter was infected, but the problem does not seem to go away. I am on a constant cycle of a... read more

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hi ya
Posted by sharron ruddy
Last Reply September 11, 2008 at 18:41
Started September 8, 2008 at 22:12
hi there linda sorry a havent been on fir ages i have been up tae ma eyes in it been on holiday and then getting the house done up and wae the wee man getting big a mean ma wee granson david so how have you been linda hope everything is ok with your hubby well am going back into hospital nxt tuesday for a band fill so getting screened again for mrsa so a will let yous no how a get on and hi to everyone i no talk very soon
best wishes
sharron [ glasgow]

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hospital aquired mrsa
Posted by rose
Last Reply September 10, 2008 at 13:48
Started September 10, 2008 at 13:48
well i caught it in my lungs now on rifapiciin ans fucidin as could not tolorate first treatment any one out there that knows if this works?

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MRSA support in Northern Ireland
Posted by Sandra Carruthers
Last Reply September 9, 2008 at 21:11
Started September 9, 2008 at 19:43
I am looking for people diagnosed with MRSA or family members with MRSA to contact me with the possibilty of being of support to each other. I have been in touch with Tony Field and have agreed to be the spokesperson for MRSASUPPORT here in Northern Ireland.
If anyone is interested either e-mail me at or phone 07902318020.
i know there is a lot of people like myself here but with no help. i was diagnosed in sept 2003 after an operation for breast cancer and i now have a large hole under my arm from the 3 operations i had to have to get rid of infected tissue but am still in a lot of pain.
don't hesitate to contact me and we'll see if we can form some sort of group.

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Upcoming BBC Program - Prevalence of CA-MRSA
Posted by ladyk
Last Reply September 9, 2008 at 19:34
Started September 9, 2008 at 17:07
Hi Everyone -

For those who are interested:
I requested a link list be provided for the online coverage section of the upcoming show on BBC Channel 4 concerning… Prevalence of CA-MRSA in America. Hoping to get the word out about the forums, etc. also to provide links where public seeking MRSA information can turn. We'll see.

Details below from producer:
Wed 8/27/08 7:52 AM

Hi {ladyk}

Thank you very much for your email. I can certainly pass the links to the online editor who will be in charge of the online coverage of this programme. You will be able to hear it on September 16 at 8pm UK time at then look for Radio 4 and File on 4. It will be available on the "listen again" section of the website for a week after that.

Thank you for spending so much time on the phone with me, it was really helpful and helped me to understand the awfulness of this condition.

With very best wishes for the future


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