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dad died
Posted by wnti1
Last Reply June 26, 2008 at 09:47
Started March 31, 2006 at 16:19
hello ive just lost my dad who was 46,sorry its a long story,my dad went in to hospital to have his toe removed he fell out of bed broke his hand they put cast on to tight his hand swellt up the cast cut into his hand he then ended up being really tired and confused and wasnt breathing properly and seamed lost he was moved in to itu on life support for 7 weeks he had kidney faillyer lungs filled with water and had hart attact was on 100 ventilator he was in a cubicle as he hd mrsa he also had septisema caused throught his hand they said also he had gram+ve cocci he needed skin graft on his hand and he had to have tendons removed so would never be able to use his hand again.he was moved out of icu he then got better and was due to come home but started to get brathing probs which the hospital done nothing then he died they said they found him unresponsive they said he died from pnewmonia but he had chest x rays and they came back fine there isnow ging to be a inquest ,dad died on 16 ... read more

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colonation in perineum
Posted by galatea
Last Reply June 24, 2008 at 23:50
Started June 24, 2008 at 23:50
i have been told i am colonizing mrsa in my nose and perineum,after acquiring it about 3 years ago,i have been told that colonizing it does not affect anyone else around me,
(i have been treated about 3 times for it)

but i am embaressed to ask my gp if oral sex is safe for my partner if i am colonizing mrsa in my perineum

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Royal Bournemouth Hospital's present to 93 yr
Posted by Terence Wallis
Last Reply June 22, 2008 at 23:45
Started June 18, 2008 at 09:32
My 93 yr old mother was in the above hospital from the evening of 8th June for ?breathing problems & more importatntly a month-old severe skin rash. She was discharged yesterday morning (17th) & as I was wheeling her off the ward a nurse said "Oh - by the way, she's got MRSA." According to the discharge letter she'd started treatment that very morning. I was going to take her to a pub for lunch with friends before taking her to her care home but went straight to the care home, who had been alerted the previous evening about the MRSA. A visitor has told me that a nurse mentioned MRSA on the 9th but I, her son, wasn't informed.
I had noticed on the 11th (?) that the scratch marks where she's been scratching her shoulders were yellow so I told the nurses that they looked infected. Had she picked up MRSA then?
Apart from the MRSA I am horrified by other things I saw whilst visitng mother. Getting information was difficult & nurses seemed not to know & waffled. I asked about t... read more

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Posted by Jackie
Last Reply June 22, 2008 at 23:36
Started June 16, 2008 at 15:20
My mother has bladder cancer and has been to the hospital several times in the last 9 months, where she has had to stay at the hospital for at least 3 days, one time last september she was in for nearly 3 weeks because she had a small stroke. The first time where she was there for the 3 weeks they found out that she had MRSA in her nose, she was treated with cream up her nose, followed up with swabs being taken when she came home. She was admitted recentley in Maj, where we were again told that she had MRSA up her nose again. As she was only in the hospital for 3 days, I gave her the cream up her nose everyday untill the treatment was finshed. She lives in a kind of warden assisted flat. I live in Denmark, as I am the only one of my mothers children who doesīnt work, this is because Iīm an pensionist because of illness. I travel to England everytime she has been taken ill or if she has to go in for any tests, as she normally canīt come home if she is alone. I do this gladley but my ... read more

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Infected newborn
Posted by Yvonne
Last Reply June 20, 2008 at 22:10
Started June 20, 2008 at 22:10
Our son was born on 21st May and immediately admitted to the Special Care Unit as he was a low birth weight and refusing to feed, resulting in hypoglycemia and dehydration. At 5 days we were told that a colonisation of MRSA had been found on his skin and in his throat and he was moved to an isolation room and barrier nursed. At the time there was a possibility that the bacteria had entered his blood stream through his heel which had become very infected following all the heel pricks he had been subjected to. But, after observing him for 5 days the hospital staff decided that he was well and we were discharged to continue his treatment at home.

We were given a skin wash to use day for 5 days and nasal drops. We have now been through this process twice as the colonisation remains on his skin, and today we were informed that he is still positive following his latest swabs. We are now in the position that no one in the health care team looking after him seem to know what to do.
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hi there good news
Posted by sharron
Last Reply June 20, 2008 at 06:17
Started April 14, 2007 at 08:58
hi there linda and bev
Just thought i would let yous all no that my baby granson was born on thursday night weight is 8lbs and 2oz and his name is david after his dad and he loverly so just thought i would let yous all no and me well just getting on with it and mrsa free for no talk to yous very soon
best wishes

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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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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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Posted by Louise
Last Reply June 19, 2008 at 11:11
Started January 30, 2007 at 19:37
Please sign the petition at 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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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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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

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, Friday February 22 2008 Article history

[“A 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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