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Want to speak out?
Posted by Paul Fernley
Last Reply February 22, 2008 at 03:29
Started January 19, 2008 at 23:45
Hey,

My name's Paul and i'm a student journalist at Nottingham Trent University - i'm currently working on a radio documentary about MRSA - with a particular focus on why it isn't recognised on death certificates.

I'm aware that for many of you this is a very difficult issue, but wanted to ask if any of you would be prepared to be interviewed by me at somepoint in the coming months...whilst it is a student project, previous work by other students have been recognised nationally, which is obviously what i'm aiming for...

If you're interested and want any more details, then email me - paul.flyfm@hotmail.co.uk

thanks,

Paul

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mrsa in urine
Posted by susan
Last Reply February 20, 2008
Started February 10, 2008
i was dianosed with mrsa in urine after surgeries,hystarectomy,cystocele,rectocelle,sling and now bladder surgery,,now mrsa in urine..problem is i live with my mom who has diabetes and heart problems,sister has ulceritus colitus...should i be in a hosp. or nursing home,,,,do not want them to catch it...also been on bactrium-sulfur twice...help

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risk of spreading mrsa to dialaysis/cancer pat
Posted by louise
Last Reply February 19, 2008 at 23:59
Started February 16, 2008 at 22:58
Just been told by my mother in law that she has mrsa in her sputum - she has chronic asthma etc. My concerns are that i nurse my mother with acute kidney disease and bone cancer. Is it possible i could be risking passing mrsa on to my mother by carrying it from my mother-in-law? My mother-in-law regually coughs and splutters over me! I do not touch my mums tubes or dress any dressings at the moment.

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mrsa -coverup
Posted by Irene Crawford
Last Reply February 18, 2008 at 16:41
Started March 31, 2006 at 20:54
My father took a massive stroke in Sept 2005. He was admitted to Glasgow Royal Infirmary were he was taken care of up until the 10/11/05. On this date he was transferred to Lightburn Hospital in Glasgow, they specialise in rehabilitating stroke victims. This was the day before his 69th birthday. Although my dad symtoms were very sevre i.e. unable to talk, eat not mobile, short term memory loss my dad was making good progress in the Royal Infirmary. This was lost when he was admitted to Lightburn. The care he received here was unreal infact practically non exsistent. Hygeine well the lack of it, my father had severe Thrush in his mouth due to the amount of medication he was receiving and also the fact that he was unable to clean his mouth. I presumed that the nurses in the hospital would clean my dads mouth on a regular daily basis at least 3 times a day - NO they didnt infact it was up to the family members to clean his mouth it was like fungus all over. One day before the th... read more

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How to fight NHS plague
Posted by Ruth Wollacott
Last Reply February 15, 2008 at 15:20
Started January 20, 2008 at 15:18
Sunday Express January 20, 2008, p 27

COMMENT

How to fight NHS plague

By Lucy Johnston
Health Editor

“Those in charge aren’t seriously tackling killer hospital superbugs”

James Wollacott was 19 when he tore his knee ligaments while jumping on a trampoline. As a semi-professional sportsman he was relieved when surgeons repaired the damage.

But while recovering in hospital, MRSA struck. James nearly died and has been left disabled and in constant pain, despite numerous operations.

Today, James, now 24, can barely walk up the stairs let alone play sport and he can no longer fulfil his ambition of becoming an electrician. He is now taking legal action against the hospital where he contracted the deadly bug.

Around one million patients a year develop hospital-acquired infections, with MRSA causing 330,000 of these. Thousands of lives are ruined or cut short.

Most superbug victims don’t bother to sue the hospital as it is too costly. Over the past 13 years... read more

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garlic and MRSA
Posted by Daniel Rirdan
Last Reply February 14, 2008 at 22:10
Started May 29, 2007 at 04:23
Hello,

did anyone tried to treat MRSA by either applying topically allicin or by taking it orally? and more specifically, by using AlliMed or AlliMax?
the people who make those tablets claim it works but I could not find anyone else who confirm it--either by study or personal testimony.

Daniel

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MRSA Returning?
Posted by Lisa
Last Reply February 14, 2008 at 17:43
Started February 13, 2008 at 04:21
Can anyone tell me if there has been any studies or your thoughts on the return of MRSA after you already had infection with hardware removed and then after time had it replaced again.


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mrsa prevention
Posted by brian bailey
Last Reply February 12, 2008 at 21:15
Started February 12, 2008 at 21:15
Hello everybody i hope this message finds you all well.
I am in ireland and i have just taken out a patent on a system which i will be trying to get introduced into hospitals and nursing homes alike throughout every country possable so any feedback from anyone would be appreciated.
From my own research (please correct me if i am wrong)the main way mrsa is contracted is via contact with contaminated hands .
I have observed in hospitals around this country that they insist on putting bottles of hand sanitizer at the end of each corridor which are never used as people just walk right on past them and now we have to ask doctors have they washed there hands i personaly find all of this unexceptable as i am sure all of you do to.
The system i have patented will ensure that anybody entering a high risk part of the hospital will have sanitized hands.
It is being refered to at the moment as "A SYSTEM FOR CONTROLING ACCESS TO A CONTROLED AREA".
To give you a description as best i can,... read more

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MRSA
Posted by Babs Chandler
Last Reply February 12, 2008 at 18:44
Started February 11, 2008 at 20:09
Can you help please? My brother in law had prostrate cancer, he had the operation which supposedly he would be out of hospital in 5 days. The epidural that he had caused a blood clot in the spine so they operated again. He has very little or no use in one leg and is in rabillitation now. However, he has just phoned us to say he has MRSA now. What do we do to help? I have been doing all his washing from the hospital should I continue to do so? We have yet to discuss the extent of his MRSA with the doctor tomorrow.

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My Mum & MRSA
Posted by Claire Rainer
Last Reply February 11, 2008 at 11:44
Started February 8, 2008 at 13:51
My mum contracted MRSA in Worthing Hospital after being addmitted for a severe head wound after a fall in a care home. She has since been transferred to a Nursing Home in Crawley where they are happy to continue looking after her. Before Xmas she developed a rash which is now covering most of her body and she is complaining that it itches a lot. The doctor has pescribed her several types of anti-biotics and creams (although i am not sure which ones) but they appear to have limited effect. She has now developed a large lump on her shin which is very red in colour and ankle has swollen to twice its normal size. The doctor has again pescribed more anti-biotics and sugested that she lay in bed with the leg raised to reduce the swelling. My Dad, who visits her every day, is having difficulty getting any answers out of anyone as to what is causing these symptoms - and no one seems to want to say it is the MRSA - but from what i have been reading on this site these would appear 'classic' ... read more

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mrsa in urine
Posted by susan
Last Reply February 9, 2008 at 23:50
Started February 9, 2008 at 23:50
i was dianosed with mrsa in urine after surgeries,hystarectomy,cystocele,rectocelle,sling and now bladder surgery,,now mrsa in urine..problem is i live with my mom who has diabetes and heart problems,sister has ulceritus colitus...should i be in a hosp. or nursing home,,,,do not want them to catch it...also been on bactrium-sulfur twice...help

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mrsa jn knee replacement
Posted by derek
Last Reply February 9, 2008 at 18:36
Started September 24, 2007 at 22:01
i have a rare bone disease called olliers is has affected my joints in my knee ankle hand on my right side i have had various operations in the last fifteen years including a frame fitted on my leg,am putation of my finger and lengthening of my achilles tendon in october 2006 the tumour ln my knee turned into bone cancer so i had to have a full knee replacement and thigh bone reconstruction all went fairly well until febuary 2007 when i had a cortisone injection in my shoulder .next day parylised in shouler redness feeling ill i was admitted to hospital awaiting tests etc. next day infection spread to my joint replacement making me very ill and unable to move my leg i had four operations to wash out the joint to get rid of the bug and came out of hospital with a pic line for six weeeks ivf after six weeks i was put on antibiotics to take twice a day for a year. i had an xray done 17 09 07 and told the bug had eaten away at the joint and made it loose ,ive been told by my surgeon i n... read more

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MRSA Timescale
Posted by Rob G
Last Reply February 8, 2008 at 23:31
Started February 8, 2008 at 23:31
My wife was in hospital in the summer for 3 days & has been back to A & E many times since. In December, her finger went black - another trip to A & E!!! They lanced it & must have taken a swab, because in January, they said the swab showed she had contracted & got over, MRSA.
Is there any chance she could have got in from hospital, given the timescale?

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risk of MRSA to a nurse
Posted by Karen Fallon
Last Reply February 8, 2008 at 19:34
Started February 8, 2008 at 15:16
I am trying to find out information for a client who is a nurse and will be working with MRSA infected patients after having a baby. She will be breastfeeding and wonders about the risk of expressing her milk in the clinical setting where she will be working. Any insights????

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MRSA question.
Posted by bmes
Last Reply February 8, 2008 at 19:30
Started February 8, 2008 at 19:12
I few years back, my grandfather was in Las Vegas, and got hit by a city bus and got his leg torn off. While in the hospital he aquired the superbugs MRSA and VRE. We are in contact with him on a regular basis, but are very aware and make sure we are always washing our hands.

My son is 8 months old and is due to go in for surgey. IF he is carrying the superbug from being in contact with my grandfather, is it risky having surgery?

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MRSA NORTHERN IRELAND
Posted by ANN
Last Reply February 8, 2008 at 09:04
Started August 15, 2005 at 15:22
I ALREADY CONTACTED THIS SITE BEFORE YOU MAY BEAWARE. MY HUSBAND DIED AS RESULT OF MRSA. HE WENT INTO HOSPITAL FOR BACK SURGERY AFTER AN ACCIDENT. HE WAS DOING VERY WELL AND WAS DUE TO COME HOME FOR XMAS 2003, THAT WAS UNTIL HE GOT MRSA AND AS A RESULT DIED A HORRIFIC DEATH THAT MY CHILDREN AND I WERE WITTNESS TO AND ARE HAUNTED BY NOW, HE WAS A FIT ACTIVE 43 YEAR OLD.

CAN SOMEONE PLEASE CONTACT ME IF THEY KNOW OF AN MRSA SUPPORT GROUP IN NI OR IF THEY KNOW OF ANYONE WHO WAS IN THE RVH IN BELFAST IN NOVEMBER 2003 - DECEMBER 2003 WHO WAS DIAGNOSED WITH MRSA.


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Skin - a key cause of MRSA
Posted by Pete Roberts
Last Reply February 5, 2008 at 19:35
Started February 5, 2008 at 10:14
Dr Tony Chu,, consultant dermatologist at Hammersmith hospital and lecturer at Imperial college and President of the UK acne and rosacea charity recently declared that using antibiotics for skin problems such as acne and rosacea, where antibiotics are used often at the lower doses and for extended periods in order to control the bacteria involved in a swollen acne spot (p.acnes) is a principal community cause of the development of resistant skin staphylococci which acts as a source pool for creating resistant s.aureus, probably more so than antibiotic prescribing for chest infections etc. It has been shown that the staphylococci that live on the skin particularly saphylococci epidermidis which protect us from other harmful bugs and is a relative of s.aureus, become resistant to antibiotics prescribed for skin conditions in about three weeks. s.epidermidis and s.aureus will come into contact at entry points to the body like the nose and there they swap information (known as plasmid ... read more

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IV Cannulae & MRSA
Posted by Dr Kadiyali M Srivatsa
Last Reply February 2, 2008 at 20:14
Started January 10, 2008 at 12:51
In 1989, I noticed preterm babies who were difficult to introduce IV cannula (drip) were getting infection with Staphylococcal aureus. This was dismissed as normal commensal. Unfortunately some of these infections turned out to be MRSA. Since then I have been trying to get the message across to healthcare professionals about the association.
Since deep cleaning of hospitals, health authorities have made not been successful in reducing infection.
Paper in Acta Paed, state this association, and link intravascular device to MRSA.
In UK and some countries are continuing to use ported cannula. This I must warn your readers are a major contributor and multiple puncture to IV cannula inserted is like opening the doors in your body to allow bugs to creep in.
If you were perfectly health, went to hospital and was subjected to blood test or IV cannula inserted and later diagnosed to have MRSA, please add your comments.
I have published a website www.safecannula.com with information to ed... read more

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A Few MRSA Questions
Posted by Anna
Last Reply February 2, 2008 at 07:01
Started February 1, 2008
Hello, I just really had some questions about MRSA. I was diagnosed at the beginning of Dec with MRSA. I went to ER because I had a rash, they gave me an antibiotic, Keflex. That's one of the antibiotics that should never have been given. I started fevers and chills and was very fatigued. I became worse, it spread to my other arm a few weeks later and far worse, I already have scars. I went to ER, (a different hospital) and they put me on Bactrim. I started getting better, the rash was still there but wasn't getting any worse or spreading. Three days left on the Bactrim, it remained the same, but still with fevers, chills and no energy. Went to a derm, they gave me two ointments, said I didn't want a third antibiotic at that point. The ointments were good, it started clearing up right away. One had an antibiotic in it, the other a steroid. Well, one evening, it so quickly spread to my neck, behind my ear lobe, and part of my jaw bone, a bit on my face. I really wanted to panic the... read more

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mrsa still in the body
Posted by john
Last Reply February 2, 2008 at 06:48
Started January 29, 2008 at 22:29
is they any one out there,who has read anything on mrsa still in the body,after the person as been told he is clear
or any reports on this subject.

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