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MRSA
Posted by Pauline
Last Reply June 19, 2008 at 16:24
Started June 19, 2008 at 16:24
I was first infected with MRSA whilst in hospital for a incisional hernia repair (2001). The wound burst and drained continually for several months. The repair was not successful and had to be repeated 2 years later. Again, I was infected with MRSA with exactly the same happening again.
In June 2006 I developed an abcess on the scar left by the previous operations. This burst and then another abcess developed. As an abcess healed another one would appear. My GP prescribed various antibiotics but they did not have any effect. Eventaully he referred me to the surgeon who had done the original operation (Nov 2006). He decided to investigate under anaesthetic. He actually excised flesh down to the mesh that he had put in the repair the hernia leaving a huge open wound. MRSA was found in an abcess on the mesh. At a later date he removed most of the mesh as it was preventing any healing. I am still attending hospital monthly. The large open wound has healed but there remain ... read more

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cdiff
Posted by patricia duvall
Last Reply June 19, 2008 at 11:30
Started June 19, 2008 at 11:30
my mum died 3 weeks ago after being admitted to whiston hospital merseyside she went in with pnumonia but then conracted cdiff she died a week after. the family have been to a solicitor who told us there is nothing we can do as we have no evidence even though cdiff was put on the death cert does anyone have any advise as to what we should do now?

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c-diff
Posted by Louise
Last Reply June 19, 2008 at 11:11
Started January 30, 2007 at 19:37
Please sign the petition at www.cdiff-support.co.uk to support us to ask for action against the infection CLOSTRIDIUM DIFFICILE - that is affecting many people that go into hospital, not enough is being done to eradicate this infection from our hospitals. Treatment of us and our loved ones affected by it is far from consistent and in some cases even inadequate. Many are dying.

Cases of Clostridium difficle are increasing every year. We need this reversed.

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mrsa
Posted by Suzette
Last Reply June 19, 2008 at 11:00
Started April 16, 2008 at 03:28
My friend's mother passed away from pancreatic cancer this past month. She contracted mrsa in the hospital during her treatment. She came home from the hospital for one week before being transfered to the Hospice Home. While at home she had repeated diarreah in her bed that had no plastic covering on it. She was wearing a depend but it wasn't contained to them. After her passing away, our friend has offered her bedroom furniture to us including her bed. I am fearful of taking it. Should I be? Is the bacteria living in the mattress? Thank you for any help.

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Had Cdiff & now diagnosed MRSA positive...
Posted by Adam
Last Reply June 18, 2008 at 21:25
Started May 10, 2007 at 15:22
Hi all,

I had a "open chole-cystectomy" 3 weeks ago (gall bladder removed via large incision the old fashioned way) and came out of hospital 2 weeks back. The hygeine standards in the hospital were appaling and post op I ended up with a dose of C-Diff. I was discharged still having that infection, and a week later, noticed a discharge from my wound and reddening & swelling etc...

I returned to hospital and was told I had a "post op infection" and given a strong dose (2grammes a day) of fluxocillin antibiotics (oral). On this return, for the first time, they swabbed the wound site. They didnt say why and I thought no more of it.

Went to my GP practice nurse 4 days letter for a dressing change to be told i have "MRSA" and now embarking on a 2 week course of a different anti-biotic. (as they say the lab report says the strain is resistent to fluxocillin).

Was wondering if anyoone out there could give me any pointers of the timescale of recovery and any idea of what t... read more

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C-Diff inquiry
Posted by linda mccafferty
Last Reply June 15, 2008 at 17:41
Started June 15, 2008 at 17:41
I think it shocking to read the recent C-Diff rates in the vale Of Leven Hospital , Wendy Alexander The Scottish labour Leader called for an independent inquiry into the outbreak thought to be Scotland's worse . Hugh Pennington , professor of bacteriology of Aberdeen University said " This horrendous death rate - that's an appropriate word to use - requires explanation .

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Looking for Information
Posted by AEO
Last Reply June 14, 2008 at 23:53
Started June 14, 2008 at 17:07
I have done a quick search but can't find what I'm looking for, I apologise if my question has already been answered.

I had a laminectomy 12 weeks ago, the wound had self disolving sutures, I was sent home without a dressing. The wound was very painful (which you would expect from such an op) areas were moist and discharging. I made 3! trips to the practice nurses at my clinic, all dismissed my concerns

To cut along story short I ended up at NHS 24 late one night feeling unwell. I was sent back to my GP who took a swab and was phoned a week later to confirm MRSA. I had 3 courses of Doxycycline. The wound is now closed, but still doesn't feel right.

At this moment my operation seems to have failed, I have more pain now then before. I'm tired of asking questions that the professionals can't or won't answer.

If the wound has healed, does this mean the MRSA is gone?
Could the MRSA have tracked down into the surgical site? If so what symptoms would I have.

There is a ve... read more

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MRSA
Posted by MICHELLE
Last Reply June 14, 2008 at 21:21
Started July 16, 2006 at 07:57
last year i was told i had mrsa in the nose, but the doctor who was treating me, did not lisen to me, i was treated with a pick line, that from the fist week i complain, about pain and i was ignored and from July to septemper, i got weak and sick, and the doctor thought nothing wrong about about my symtom, . i never ran fevers, and the pain in my arm gotton worse, for my husband searching a doctor at north western il, i probley would have died, after the meeting with this doctor , i took a somgram, and found i had a blood clot, also the msa, was in my blood, and i was summited that day to the hospital. . i was given the highest antibotic and my system has gotton better, i have mrsa , colnised, , not contagist. how i got mrsa, no one knows really, since my amune system is strong, i may have msa, over many years, but i am able to live with it. the mrsa attack me and weaken me, was from a forgn obect that my body resited, and for the months i had a pick line, my body fo... read more

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looking for advice
Posted by Glenn Samuels
Last Reply June 6, 2008 at 23:25
Started May 31, 2008 at 18:42
my uncle was admitted to hospital with symptoms that turned out to be Staphylococcus aureus (i believe)

he has been in hospital 6 weeks & endured aprox 6 operations on his knee trying to flush/rid him of the infection.

he has had iv antibiotics etc but the infection just doesnt seem to be clearing totally.

he has now been told that there is now a battle to save his leg (amputation has been mentioned if things do not improve)

as you can imagine he is horrified.

any comments of advice or names/contact info on specalist consultants in this field or even perhaps some new treatments available would be very much appreciated.

please leave replies or contact me direct at glennsamuels@hotmail.com

many thanks

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Hospital Scientist Stole Bacteria
Posted by ladyk
Last Reply June 4, 2008 at 18:45
Started June 3, 2008 at 17:28
Hospital Scientist Stole Bacteria To Kill Herself, Panel Told

Louise Radnofsky and agencies guardian.co.uk, Friday February 22 2008 Article history


[ďA biomedical scientist stole bacteria from the hospital where she worked in order to end her life by giving herself septicaemia, it emerged today.

Jennifer Bainbridge removed the bacteria - found in MRSA and E coli germs - from North Tyneside general hospital, a health regulator panel heard last week.

The 28-year-old said she planned to use the germs to kill herself when she "hit rock bottom" after suffering months of depression.

"I was basically going to give myself septicaemia," she told the Newcastle Evening Chronicle.

"I just took what was available in the lab, but I made sure they were organisms which were not going to put anyone else at risk."

At the last minute, she changed her mind and told her managers what she had done. She was suspended from her job last July and dismissed last month.

"Even thinki... read more

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my uncle has mrsa in the blood
Posted by kristeen
Last Reply May 29, 2008 at 20:18
Started June 22, 2007 at 04:46
Good evening! Today I just found out my uncle has MRSA in the blood and the hospital never told us until after we were all hugging and kissing him. I'm very concerned because I have a 5 yr old and a 7month old to come home too. My mom never washed her hands after leaving the hospital last night and decided to kiss my kids and share a drink with my son. I'm very concerned for him. Please tell me my kids are going to be okay! I mean we all had contact with him and the kids without knowing what he had. How long does it take for you to know you have this stuff? Is my mom at risk for kissing him? My son's doctor said its a waiting game but arent there tests to know for sure if the kids would have it instead of letting it get worst? SHould I call and speak with someone else in the office? What can we all do now that we didnt take precautions with my uncle? He is in bad shape.

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Swollen Glands
Posted by eddie
Last Reply May 29, 2008 at 20:13
Started May 28, 2008 at 04:16
My husband has mrsa under antibotics for the last almost six years. We are trying to get started on probiotics and yogurt. I had an abscess on my real, then hubby got a swollen gland under neck, and then I got a swollen gland in my groin. My husband isn't getting much better, I am (off and on). Has anyone experienced someone being so sick, glands swelling? We are going to try some cleansing and detox stuff from the Health Food Stores next.

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still suffering?
Posted by Dawn
Last Reply May 28, 2008 at 04:22
Started June 13, 2006 at 23:16
I was diagnosed with MRSA in July 2005 after a stay in hospital after an operation. I have now been told that I am clear of the infection yet I now suffer with stomach cramps and lethargy. The worst sympton is that I seem to be suffering from depression, something I have NEVER had a problem with. Everyday routine is a struggle. I used to be confidetn and extrovert. Is this possibly an after effect of this disease or does it stay in your system for ever?

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Screening NHS Staff for MRSA
Posted by Carol
Last Reply May 27, 2008 at 15:36
Started April 28, 2008 at 18:19
I work in the NHS. On several occasions I have requested to be checked for MRSA by my employers occupation health department. Yhey have refused stating that if we use universal precautions patients would not be at risk. I think dealing with staff have MRSA would be more of a problem. Say that 5% of your staff have MRSA. Thats 5% of your staff off sick being treated for the bug. That is about 2 weeks off for each member of staff. Also it has to ne repoted to the HSE. Mo wonder the NHS don't talk about staff with MRSA. Think of the cost.

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MRSA nearly killed me
Posted by Preet
Last Reply May 27, 2008 at 15:02
Started December 8, 2005 at 17:22
Aged 25yrs, I went into hospital in August 2005 with a treatable illness and ended up with MRSA. I receieved treatment for a period of 3months, which included the IV antibiotics Vancomycin and Teicoplanin. MRSA very nearly killed me. It has left me with permanent lung damage and has made it very difficult for me to live life to the full. Frequent chest infections and constant breathlessness are just some of the issues I am having to deal with. I am writing this in order to add weight to the argument that MRSA is rife in our hospitals and little is being done to improve the situation. This forum is giving the public a perfect medium in which to express their views and tell others what they have been through. If this sharing of information helps to save even one life then it will have been worth setting up. Also, can anyone tell me whether there have been any successful cases of legal action against any hospitals or NHS trusts by victims of MRSA. If anyone can be of any assistanc... read more

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Moya
Posted by ladyk
Last Reply May 27, 2008 at 08:33
Started May 26, 2008 at 23:47
Thank you for the return:

["moved to US forum
Started by moya Posted: May 26, 2008 at 23:32"]


I appreciate it.

ladyk

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Leslie Ash mrsa compensation
Posted by jennyr
Last Reply May 25, 2008 at 23:13
Started May 25, 2008 at 22:45
I notice that barrister Elliot Woolf has been quoted as saying that "the hospital may not have been at fault for Ms. Ash's original infection. The case in fact rested on the hospital's failure to spot that she was infected when she was discharged."

How interesting - I presume Mr Woolf was acting on behalf of the defendants. It is always fascinating how legal aid barristers are so happy to squander tax payers money on defending crappy NHS treatment as though they are "doing the NHS a favour". The money that they are paid comes from the NHS - ie the taxpayer. Why would he imagine that he was doing the taxpayer a favour by defending negligent treatment? Interesting that he is quite happy to pocket the tax payers money himself.

What an irritating little public servant he is.



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Irish History
Posted by linda mccaffertyt
Last Reply May 25, 2008 at 23:04
Started May 25, 2008 at 23:04
In the Independent ie, reports are that a man infected with mrsa in 2004 has been awarded a six fiqure payout .
Delighted MRSA and Families campaigner Theresa Graham says "I'm absolutely overjoyed about this, it is finally getting the legal attention it deserves this will really focus the mind because our legal experts have said getting the first succesful compensation claim is the most importent one .
" This guy's life has been destroyed by MRSA, a lot of other people will have to be looked after for the rest of there lives . if the health service isn't following there own hygiene rules, "Then tough luck she said "
( i take my hat of to you Theresa Graham what a statement .......... what a dame )

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Hospital acquired MRSA
Posted by Suzan
Last Reply May 23, 2008 at 21:03
Started May 23, 2008 at 11:13
Hi - my 85 year old mother became ill this year and I suspected a stroke (her 3rd). Our GP suspected something called temporal arteritis and started a whole period of blood tests and eventually a biopsy of an artery. In the meatime she was given steriods as a treatment in advance of a result. In the end we found out this was negative. She rapidly became more ill, incontinent and confused. Eventually she was taken into hospital with a serious urine infection. I had managed to keep her clean and dry throughout all this. Whilst in hospital they continued with antibitoics and towards the end of the first week she inproved. A cat scan revealed she had suffered not one but two strokes! She was just beginning to find the strength to stand with help and began to have stomach problems. They suspected a blockage and I visited to find a surgeon examining her. Fortunately it was not as feared but out of the blue I was told she would be placed into a side room for better monitoring and... read more

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Still Unwell!
Posted by Barry Kenyon
Last Reply May 21, 2008 at 14:08
Started May 21, 2008 at 13:55
After having MRSA twice - diagnosed 2002 and 2007 - both times hip removed to ensure antibiotics did their job, and had a temporary spacer. Whilst cleared September last, been suffering from bouts of dizziness/fainting, lethargic, tired all the time and generally feeling unwell. Body going from hot to cold quite frequently too. All signs as before, and in addition itchy and swelling bumps, like shingles appear on the legs and around the wound. In April given tablets for depression, which did not help, only made me feel more unwell! Not only was the hip infected both times, with custard-like puss oozing from the wound, the second time a Hickman line was put into the chest to administer large quantities of antibiotics for three months. This line also became infected (suodomonious)and further antibiotics to keep that at bay! All the blood tests apparently reveal nothing. Is there anyone out there who knows anything about post-MRSA? I still cannot move on with my life, and affect... read more

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