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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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MRSA in the Bones
Posted by Verna Dougall
Last Reply May 11, 2008 at 22:02
Started May 10, 2008 at 17:13
Does anyone know how long a person has to live once MRSA is in the bones?

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Feedback on our infection control inspired fob
Posted by John Dutson
Last Reply May 9, 2008 at 18:50
Started May 5, 2008 at 12:44
Hi, we would like feedback on our new infection inspired fob watch, We have designed the fob to be fully washable to reduce decontaminate transient bugs, ie MRSA, C-difficile, Neuro, Micro-bacteria.

It has come about because of the bare below the NHS bare below the elbows directive, stopping staff from from wearing watches, jewellery, Tie's long sleeves in clinical area's. The metal fobs can harbour Transient bugs.

It would be appreciated if you would give us your opinion.

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mrsa and amputation
Posted by Jackie
Last Reply May 8, 2008 at 23:29
Started November 3, 2006 at 18:45
My Father In Law is 79 and wasadmitted to hospital with a UTI on August 25th'06. He has diabetes, treated with insulin and had both legs amputated belw the knee 10 yrs ago due to diabetes.

As he had urine retention he was transferred from the comm. hospital to a general hospital to have a catheter fitted. Whilst in this hosp. he had C.Diff and was very ill/

After a period in isolation and a catheter in situ he was transferred back to the comm. hosp.for rehab in preparation for his return home.

He was isolated 2 weeks later and had MRSA in his catheter site. He was given antibiotics etc. At this point one of his stumps had a small pressure area which was dressed.(20'09/06)
After 2 weeks he was moved back to the general ward and on reading his notes I saw he had tested positive for mrsa in the wound in his stump.

He now has necrotic tissue and requires further amputation to stop 'the infection' getting into the bone.

The hospital say it has got like this because of ... read more

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If vancomycin works, why so many deaths ?
Posted by Paul
Last Reply May 7, 2008 at 21:32
Started January 29, 2006 at 10:54
I am so confused about all this MRSA information. maybe i am missing smething or can someone explain why they are saying that there are only a couple of reported cases of Vancomycin resistant Staph in the uk, so why are there so many deaths,,,,, why not give Vancomycin immediately instead of letting the problem kill so many people. if it works use it !!!!!

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absolotely disgusted
Posted by robyn
Last Reply May 7, 2008 at 17:20
Started May 6, 2008 at 14:59
my nanna has been very ill for a long time now and has been at home in ahospital bed, she recently had a bit off a turn and was talken into hospital we wanted her out asap we didnt want her to have to go alone in there. the absolotely disgusting nhs service took so long messing around to get her home she caught mrsa. ma nanna is not well enought o fite this disease i pray now she can and she doesnt die because of the state of our hospitals! i just wanted to express my absoloute disgust that this mrsa is so common! i pray fort you nanna everyday that this nasty infection wont take you and you can slip away at home n not surrounded by the disgusting hospital thats taking your life quicker than need be
i love you nanna x.x.

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my Father
Posted by chris
Last Reply May 7, 2008 at 15:35
Started May 3, 2008 at 21:43
My Dad had MRSA last August and at 85 and against the odds, he has pulled through. I thank my God that I still have him.

He has had sores on his legs as one of many symptoms since coning out of hospital.

However - today, May 3rd, my dads right leg seems to have gone thinner than his left leg?

Is this something that we should act on straight away? Has anyone else had similar experiences?

Please advise me

Thank you

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do mrsa stya in body after death
Posted by george
Last Reply May 5, 2008 at 21:28
Started May 3, 2008 at 04:30
Need to know for religous reason having to do with buriel

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MRSA Action UK
Posted by Bev
Last Reply May 5, 2008 at 21:23
Started January 18, 2006 at 12:38
as you know we are a group actively campaigning for safer standards in our hospitals ~ we have all been affected by the dreadful infections inflicted needlessly upon either ourselves or our loved ones

following on from handing the petition into No 10 downing St on 28th November 2005 we have now had a response from the Minister of State The Rt Hon Jayne Kennedy ~ in the letter she does acknowledge that many cases can be avoided by better practise in infection prevention and control. she also mentions the Health bill and the Healthcare commissions code of practise where compliance will be mandatory. this reponse would not have happened if we had not been given the amount of support we were by all those who took part in the petition ~ we now want to urge you to continue that support and urge you to join us

so far we have achieved meetings with the HCC, DOH, Health Select Committee, the Standing Committee, NAO and other various professional people who are now beginning to listen... read more

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MRSA Specialist
Posted by BDoyle
Last Reply May 4, 2008 at 21:36
Started May 4, 2008 at 21:36
Can anyone tell me who are the top MRSA specialists (worldwide)? I am outside the UK and I need a second opinion for a suffering friend.

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Recurrent MRSA infections
Posted by Bev
Last Reply May 3, 2008 at 03:59
Started May 3, 2008 at 03:59
I'm interested in finding out more information on the reoccurance of MRSA infections. I was diagnosed with MRSA about 4 weeks ago, given an injection of Rocephin and 5 days of Bactrim. This seemed to clear things up. My son was diagnosed with MRSA this week and I was cautioned to take care to avoid reinfection.
Also, is there a "most" effective length of antibiotic treament for MRSA? Thanks-

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Life after MRSA
Posted by Royce
Last Reply May 2, 2008 at 17:09
Started May 2, 2008 at 17:09
About a month ago I was bitten by a Black Widow Spider that went into the Bursa on my elbow. MRSA setup and I had to heve an operation to have it drained of the infection. I was put on Vancomycin at 200 units twice daily for four weeks. I am now on 100 MG of Doxycycl, one twice daily. There has been no sign of the infection for two weeks.
I want to know if I have to continue my life being treated as a Leper, Can I have sex with my healthy wife, can I safely be around other people and can I return to my previous normal life?

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Full facts of MRSA
Posted by elise
Last Reply May 2, 2008 at 10:49
Started May 1, 2008 at 12:23
what parts of your bodies can you get MRSA?

Can you get it in your throat or ears etc?

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Posted by Jennifer
Last Reply May 1, 2008 at 12:04
Started April 30, 2008 at 12:12
Can MRSA live in a matress and for how long? My friend offered us a mattress from her mother who contracted MRSA in the hospital during her final days. She came home for four days before being taken to the hospice home. We have been offered her matresses.

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vancomycin resistant MRSA.
Posted by Andrew Jenkins
Last Reply May 1, 2008 at 05:10
Started April 23, 2008 at 16:03
hi after some advice please.
i had anal fistula surgery 7 years ago i also suffer from
behcets Disease,the wounds took ages to heal (around 8 months)but never fully healed i started getting tested for MRSA and they came back negative then out of the blue it came back postive short time later i was rushed into hospital with sepsis.basically after messing me around with various antibiotics the MRSA is still rampant and its now
vancomycin resistant i had another bought of sepis and apparently it was after that treatment of vancomycin is became immune to it.
is theres a doctor dealing with MRSA in the uk anyone can suggest i feel basically im just being left to rot last night 3 huge chunks of flesh from around the anus fell away again im dosed up on morphine now almost 24/7.
any advice would be wonderful

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MRSA Infection...with no advice
Posted by Jordyn
Last Reply April 27, 2008
Started April 24, 2008 at 08:53
About a month ago, I had a boil on the inside of my upper right arm that just wouldn't go away, and then I began to notice a red ring forming around it (cellulitis as I understand it). I went to the hospital and they figured it was a staph infection of some kind, so they gave me antibiotics and told me to pick up this special antibacterial soap that I should wash the wound with, which I did, until it finally went away about 8 days later with no sign of resurgence. They also cut it open and drained it at the hospital, and planned on packing it, but it was too small to pack. They took a culture of it and told me they'd send it to my family physician and that I should followup with him. Well, I ran into some money problems and I couldn't go to get the results, so I don't really know for sure if I have MRSA or not.

The day before yesterday I woke up and noticed a small boil on my arm forming, and by yesterday I noticed that cellulitis was forming around it, so I went to the hospi... read more

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