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Posted by pharm
Last Reply March 31, 2008 at 14:22
Started July 21, 2005 at 11:32
if anyone has any questions about mrsa i will be happy to help

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MRSA in lung fluids
Posted by Dexter Adderley
Last Reply March 31, 2008
Started March 29, 2008 at 04:39
Hi, I just came from the hospital where I was told tonight that my 10 year old son has MRSA in fluids that were taken from his lungs. My son fell and fractured his skull and has been medically maintained in an unconscience state. He is expected to recover from the head injury but now we don't know what to expect from this MRSA. Can someone please give us some guidance. Thanks.

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Rates of MRSA in hospitals
Posted by Karen
Last Reply March 30, 2008 at 19:03
Started July 28, 2004 at 09:29
Does anyone know where I can get the rates of MRSA which has occurred in each hospital. My mother has to go into hospital and would like to go in one with a low rate of MRSA, as she is having a rather large op.

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Posted by carol
Last Reply March 28, 2008 at 23:09
Started March 28, 2008 at 15:08
my mother is 8 weeks post opp after a sucsesfull removal of a BCC to her right temple,she had a full depth skin graft which seems to have taken. within 23 hours of comming out of hospital she had an infection in the wound, her GP precribed 10 days the stitches were removed and a swab taken, the infection was still there. nothing more was mentioned about the swab results at her 5 week post opp apointment. she has since has a further 2 or 3 courses of antibiotics and a further swab was taken on the 11tn march and the results came back last week saying she has MRSA suprise suprise! she has been given a prescpiption of Bactro- Ban cream to use 2/3 times a day and has to cover the wund with a gauze dressing and a micropore tip to hold it in place.the wound is not fully covered. is enough being done to get this under control.she has another rodent ulcer on her ear and has to have that removed too.

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Posted by Ruthie
Last Reply March 28, 2008 at 01:25
Started March 24, 2008 at 07:57
Two years ago I fell and skinned my knee...the resulting scrape didn't heal and over time any scrape, bump or bruise I got became an infected sore. I went the doctor and was diagnosed with MRSA. I took my antibiotics carefully and correctly, six months later I had a recurring infection on my left hip, again I was diagnosed and treated for the same. In another six months the same thing happened in a very close location. It has now been three months and I have infected open sores on my arms, fingers, face and hip. I do not have insurance this bouncing back and forth from doctor to home has literally put me deep in debt. I have also had an odd addition of numbness in my feet and hands often accompanied by severe cramps (bad enough to wake me out of my sleep) again in my feet hands, and sometimes knee and hip joints. Could all of this be related? Is there anything I can do so I can resolve this problem for good? I am tired of being sick and broke!!!

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Posted by Lady R G Long
Last Reply March 25, 2008 at 05:18
Started March 25, 2008 at 05:18

I have MRSA I have had it now for 10 months now,I went to hospital for one thing and then get mrsa while in there, the put me in to an isolation room,was not allowed out of that room,I spent 4 weeks in there in just the one room,all they was doing is covering me with some forum of gel from top to toe twice a day,I even had to go to bed covered in it,it was horrid yet it did not do any thing for me,I had to ask the doc to let me go home,he did let me go home,but I was not allowed out.
But while in hospital,I was having hallucinations and not knowing were I was,I told the staff that I was with the RSA and also I had my camera crew waiting to interview them, I just did not know that I was saying these things,I also acused a nurse of giving me knock-out drugs,I was saying alsorts of things I was told... and since I was in hospital and gone home,I could hardly do any thing as all my muscles was aking and more so when I climbed the stairs they hurt more I was shattered by time I had go... read more

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Medical files
Posted by tasmin
Last Reply March 23, 2008 at 12:08
Started November 7, 2007 at 15:50
hi all,

i've just recieved a letter from the hospital in reply to me asking for mums medical files...and i'm fit to be tied!!!!!!!

apperently i have to fill out a form now, because THEY want to know why i need these files and then THEY will decided if i should be given access to them.

now from what i was told by mums doctor i just had to write in and ask for these files with some identifaction to show that i am mums next of kin.

and now this!

can they stop me getting mums files?

u know, all along i though maybe i was just being over sensitive about what went on with mum in the hospital before she died, but now i am really starting to wonder!

what do i do if they refuse to pass on these files to me?
is there anything i can do?

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my father in law Ray
Posted by john
Last Reply March 22, 2008 at 20:49
Started March 22, 2008 at 20:49
Ray went into the James Cook University Hospital on Teesside in May last year for a routine prostatem op, he contracted MRSA and the severity led to septiceamia and injury to his spinal chord in his neck,having seen a solicitor with a view to a claim to help him financially as he is now 76 we require £4000 to start the case as he can't get any state help, how do i go about raising the money to progress his claim? do i need to register as a charity,how do i start a web page dedicated to him as a vehicle, is oit a good idea to involve the press?
Whilst any compensation would be helpfull what we all want is someone in the local NHs trust to take responsibility, he has gone from an able and active man to a disabled man unable to care for himself, this is NOT FAIR AND SOMEONE NEEDS TO ACKNOWLEDGE THIS!!!! if you can help with practical ideas, thanks all

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Poll on mrsa
Posted by linda mccafferty
Last Reply March 20, 2008 at 23:58
Started March 20, 2008 at 23:58
I am so shocked to learn that 1 in 5 GPs admits having a poor knowledge on mrsa according to a survey today. the poll of a 169 doctors revealed 62% had not recieved any information on what to do if they suspected someone had the bug, and those with the details had mostly requested it .

When asked to rate there knowledge of MRSA, 21% said good, 2% said excellent, 59% said fair , 17% said poor.

God help us all .

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Posted by gs
Last Reply March 20, 2008 at 21:47
Started March 8, 2008 at 14:40
What do u do when uve found out its spread to your lungs? It's already in my bladder. I feel like giving up....

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Where to next??
Posted by Ian Thorp
Last Reply March 20, 2008
Started July 1, 2004 at 11:05
I like most of us went into hospital for minor treatment to my big toe and ended up (seven months on now) the victim of five operations to the right foot to try to remove the infection. Throughout my periods in hospital I took digital photographs of my wounds and even have some on my mobile 'phone regarding poor conditions in A&E. The photos I took with my camera I presented in a folder and CD to the 'tissue viability' nurse so she could show trainees how vacuum dressings work. My question is where do you stsrt to get someone to acknokwledge that you have been infected, through no fault of your own, and where do you go from there? Needless to say I have lost my job and pretty much my previous lifestyle due to this, am still on antibiotics and regular dressing changes.Hospitals really are getting away with murder.Any help would be most welcome. Many thanks in advance to whoever may be out there.

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Necrotizing Folliculitis???? Help!
Posted by Cheranna
Last Reply March 19, 2008 at 09:53
Started March 18, 2008 at 21:31
I need to know if anyone has heard of this disease necrotizing folliculitis? I started out with folliculitis on my arms and it went to my neck and part of my face. It was treated with antibiotics and ointments. I ended up on 5 antibiotics and I'm still having trouble. Beginning of March I felt indentations on my scalp, then lesions that filled with fluid. They would break and continuously come back and fill up. The derm said I'd have to be on antibiotics for a lengthy time, if they didn't work, I'd have to have it cut out. He says it's the glands in the head leaking to the outside of my scalp. I go for a swab on Thursday...finally to see if it's MRSA. I am pretty sure it is, I've had all of this since Dec 4th. The new diagnosis of necrotizing folliculitis was given yesterday the 17th. What am I to believe? The culture will tell if it's MRSA. Has anyone heard of this?? I really need to hear from someone!!

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Outside of Hospital??
Posted by Linda
Last Reply March 17, 2008
Started March 16, 2008 at 12:41
Please could someone clarify - All the information that I have read refers to MRSA linked with hospitals. If someone, who is a resident in a Nursing Home has open sores (and is being treated), but has not been into a hospital, can the sores of that person develop MRSA?

If so, how would I know?

Thank you for any advice or information

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Posted by Realist
Last Reply March 17, 2008
Started March 30, 2005 at 13:59
There seems to be a lot of blame being directed at the NHS.
I have recently lost a loved one to MRSA so, I know the pain too.

However, dont you people realise that there is nothing that can be done to irradicate MRSA from hospitals. It is (in fact) impossible.

In practical terms, the only thing that can be done in hospitals is REDUCE the chances of contracting MRSA.

Even before MRSA was unheard of, didnt people still die of infections? I think you'll find they did.
It is a sad fact but 'Staphylococcus aureus' has evolved
and there is nothing gonna change that!

So please, stop pointing the finger at hard-working, dedicated teams of health professionals, who are striving to take control of a 'no win' situation.

My condolences to you all.

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mrsa in nursing homes
Posted by jean
Last Reply March 16, 2008 at 22:31
Started March 16, 2008 at 13:48
my son resides in a nursing home from TBI. he contract mrsa in the hospital shortly after the auto accident. it has reoccured several times over the past year and half, startin around the g-tube site. we have done everything except stand on our head to stay on them about keeping this site clean. everything must have a doctor order to do anything. what can i do or who can i call. help

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Posted by Roger
Last Reply March 16, 2008 at 02:22
Started October 25, 2004 at 21:17
Is it true that as an seriously infected patient I lose the right to claim against the offending N H S trust after three years although the infection was still rampant and the damage it caused could not be assessed for five years.

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Tea Tree Oil
Posted by Sharon Huyshe
Last Reply March 15, 2008 at 14:17
Started March 7, 2006 at 15:07
I thought that members might be interested to hear the success I have had against the MRSA infection I developed.

Back in May 2005 I badly broke my left shin. The fractured bone came through the front of my leg & I was admitted to hospital where I underwent emergency surgery to have the bone pinned from knee to ankle. I was in hospital for a week and since then have had to learn to walk again and have gone through unbelievable pain – only alleviated by morphine and codeine.

The wound where the bone came through refused to heal and I was diagnosed as having contracted MRSA. All sorts of dressings were tried – silver and many others – with no noticeable effect. I had very bad oedema and had to keep my leg elevated for long periods.

A member of the medical team that has been treating me told me how they had heard that tea tree oil was being used successfully in various hospices but that it wasn’t allowed to be recommended it as it isn’t under licence – i.e. no drug company is... read more

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How To Complain
Posted by Tina Rowley
Last Reply March 14, 2008 at 19:28
Started July 26, 2005 at 11:51
Interesting article in today's Daily Express by Rachel Baird about compaints about hospitals. Apparently there are thousands of complaints piling up at the Health Care Commission and thousands more have complained to the Health Service Ombudsman about doctors and hospitals. Many patients who complain about the NHS face unacceptable barriers in getting a satisfactory local response from health care providers. All too often service providers react defensively to complaints instead of treating them as opportunities to learn and improve their service. One reader said. "The complaints system is biased towards NHS requirements and full of spin. They give you an explaination that you know in your heart is untrue - and platitudinous statements and assurances that don't mean anything" ( Havn't we all been there? ) You can contact the Commission on 08456013012 or email
For more advice


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Posted by Mark - Kent
Last Reply March 13, 2008 at 14:03
Started February 18, 2008 at 14:11
Does anyone have any stories from a certain hospitals in South East London anout the MRSA stories please.

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