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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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Possible Cures
Posted by Mark Motsiff
Last Reply May 20, 2008 at 17:27
Started April 19, 2008 at 03:52
Try Manuka Honey it has Methylglyoxal in it after 10. Also, use straight Alcohol above 73% or ALOE to kill the MRSA Cells. My one year old son had it and I AM ON A MISSION TO BRING GLOBAL AWARENESS! The HOLY GRAIL is PBP2A protein that feed the MRSA virous.!!!!!!!

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Drug to kill MRSA
Posted by linda mccafferty
Last Reply May 20, 2008 at 07:48
Started May 19, 2008 at 21:51
In the Scottish Daily Record Newspaper today it states that a drug that kills off the deadly mrsa bug could be used in Scottish hospitals within the next 3 years .
And reasearchers reckon the compound - codenamed XF-73 - could save 1600 lifes a year .

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mrsa of the bladder
Posted by nani
Last Reply May 19, 2008 at 17:59
Started May 15, 2008 at 02:08
i am really confused, my daughter was born with a birth defect of the bladder and has had several bladder problems. recently she has be diagnosed with mrsa after having had 3 surgeries since the beginning of the year. she has had other staff infections and has been treated with vancomyacin,gentamyacin, and a host of the other antibotics all of which she is now allergic to. can anyone give me some direction to take to try to help her. she has lost alot of weight and her blood pressure is really low. her doctor's act like this is no big deal. please help with any information.

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Elizabeth Millar
Posted by linda mccafferty
Last Reply May 18, 2008 at 15:20
Started May 15, 2008
Elizabeth Millars case is to proceed in Scotland, Lady Clark was urged to dismiss a test case involving Elizabth Millar, but she ruled it should be allowed to proceed .i am over the moon for Mrs millar .

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its about time
Posted by NHS dress code daft, say doctors
Last Reply May 18, 2008 at 12:59
Started March 21, 2005 at 23:50
NHS dress code daft, say doctors

The dress code will apply to all staff and medical students
NHS staff have been banned from having unruly hair and dangly earrings in two hospitals to combat MRSA in a move branded daft by doctors.
All employees and medical students at Barnet and Chase Farm hospitals in north London are covered by the code.

Hospital bosses also said it was to ensure staff had a professional appearance, the magazine British Medical Association News reported.

The code also covers jewellery above-the-knee skirts and high heels.

Under the code, clinical staff must tie long hair back, but not with ribbons or combs.

The policy is a serious attempt to tackle infection rates, but also ensure staff look professional

Nick Samuels

Jewellery is limited to simple earrings and one ring and any clothing which exposes the midriff or cleavage is banned.

Breaching the code could lead to disciplinary action, Barnet and Chase Farm Hospitals NHS Tr... read more

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pacemaker mrsa
Posted by Jen
Last Reply May 16, 2008 at 22:25
Started May 4, 2008 at 09:04
Has anyone had any experience with a pacemaker with mrsa?
It is not responding to weeks of vancomycin.


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carrying MRSA?
Posted by Alexandra
Last Reply May 16, 2008 at 22:17
Started May 16, 2008
I recently had a test for MRSA as I am being admitted to hospital next week, and have had a very recent hospiral stay. I have been told that MRSA was found in my nostrils and have had cream prescribed for this. What I'm not sure of, does this mean I have MRSA or am I just carrying it? More importantly, am I at risk of passing it tp others? Any advice would be much welcomed, thankyou. Alexandra

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Leaflets on the effects of MRSA
Posted by W Kelly
Last Reply May 16, 2008 at 19:55
Started May 6, 2008 at 16:55
Hi All

Thank you for answers on my previous posts. Your help has been invaluable and I hope you can help again.

Due to me contracting MRSA I am constantly aching, have headaches and pick up every bug going around due to this. Unfortunately, if I get, what would normally describe as a cold, I end up having to get antibiotics and being signed off work. Unfortunately, my employer will not accept the fact that this may be due to my MRSA.

Is there any literature, pamplets etc I can get to show my employer as I am close to being dismissed. My employer will not look at the site so I need something to take into them.

Thanks for your help in advance.

W Kelly

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Testimonial on MRSA infection
Posted by KevGeno
Last Reply May 16, 2008 at 08:14
Started May 16, 2008 at 08:14
Margot Sheppard was 90 years old when she injured her leg. Unfortunately she contracted MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus) and as a result the wound continually failed to heal. "A friend told me about Aloeride® and within a week I noticed improvement. My leg is perfect now but I continue to take Aloeride® because it is of great benefit."

At the Integrated Medicine Practice we often combine Aloeride® with vegetable/fruit/grapes/berries powder capsules (ideally the Complete + the standard vegetable/fruit formulation). The former facilitates the knitting to take place whilst the latter provides the wool so to speak. The bottom line for any infection is to raise the body's ability to fight foreign bodies, that is, next to optimum hygiene and in Margot's case good wound dressing. Topical ointments containing Zinc or gotu kola extract may also help, aloe vera beta-linked polysaccharide molecules are being delivered to the site via the blood stream. Increasing the circu... read more

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MRSA in Infants
Posted by Jenny
Last Reply May 14, 2008 at 12:07
Started September 21, 2004 at 22:05
My two week old son was diagnosed with MRSA in his bloodstream. Does anyone know what the long term effects of this are? I keep getting mixed information. Some people say once cured you're cured for life, others say he is colonized and will have this disease forever and could relapse at any time. He was given vancomycin and other medications intravenously. His medication levels had to be checked every three hours. I'm also wondering about any effects from that. Does anyone have any information to help me out??? Thanks.

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MRSA - Poss Reinfection?
Posted by Jane
Last Reply May 14, 2008 at 11:52
Started July 4, 2005 at 18:43
I was infected with MRSA in my right breast about a year ago after visiting with a lactation consultant at a local hospital. 5 weeks passed by without being diagnosed, with my doctor just continuing to change antibiotics. Finally, after visiting a specialist I was taken in for emergency surgery (a 6inch x 1.5inch incision was made) and remained in hospital for 7days on IV Vancomycin.
Throughout my stay in hopsital I couldn't really get any answers to my questions and so I'm confused and nervous about my upcoming visit to the same hospital for the birth of my second child.
I've been told my a hospital employee who works in the infectious disease department that there's a chance I could once again be an MRSA victim since the organism is still present in my body. She says that labour, illness or a compromised immune system could result in MRSA re-appearing. The infection doesn't have to begin with an open wound again.
Does anyone have any other information? I'm quite concerned after... read more

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Remembering Tom
Posted by Claude
Last Reply May 14, 2008 at 07:34
Started May 10, 2008 at 12:42
Tribute to Tom Snowball 3 November 1938 - 23 April 2008

I first met Tom at the BBC filming of “Mischief: a Dirty Weekend in Hospital” in August 2005 although I only really got to know him when we became founder members of MRSA Action UK. Until the end of last year when he became ill, Tom remained a valuable and respected Member, Trustee, holding Chair for three months and co Vice-Chair of the Charity ever since its formation.

The charity meant a lot to Tom: not only he was a survivor of MRSA but he needed to mix with and have friends he could talk to, meet and relate to. I believe he considered as his duty to be the “link” between his fellow members, ensuring he kept in touch with everyone. Always helpful, reliable and punctual, Tom used to greet other charity members travelling to London at the station and take them back. At the July 2007 Memorial Event at Westminster Abbey, he was in charge of transporting the guest of honour Claire Rayner, herself in a wheelchair, to ... read more

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frail relative
Posted by mike
Last Reply May 13, 2008 at 21:43
Started May 7, 2008 at 21:41
is there any mrsa test that can be carried out on the site of a wound that has now dried out. The NHS say no, but i find it rather hard to believe. I have a frail relative that has requested a test but has been denied one as the skin and wound area are now dry. Please help if you have any info.

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Common sense answer
Posted by Vicki
Last Reply May 13, 2008 at 03:57
Started July 18, 2005
Last year my son was in our local hospital for two weeks with a broken leg after being hit by a car. Did I worry about MRSA? Of course I did, however I was confident I could protect him with some simple preventative measures. First of all I made sure he ate good healthy food each day including lots of fresh organic fruit and vegetables. I added cloves, cinnamon and garlic to his meals whenever I could to kill the nasty bugs in the body) I put him on a good quality Echinacea tincture and carefully selected homeopathic remedies daily to boost his immune system. I made up a spray bottle of water to which I added various oils known to kill bacteria and bugs, this I would spray around his bed and surrounding area. Finally I sat with him each day making sure that the medical staff scrubbed their hands before touching him. As a qualified homeopath I have had to treat quite a few people suffering from the terrible effects of MRSA and I want people to know that it can be treated and cleared... read more

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