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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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sexual transmission mrsa
Posted by janet
Last Reply February 1, 2008
Started January 27, 2008 at 23:17
can my husband contract mrsa thru sexual contact with his infected girlfriend

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might have mrsa
Posted by nathan lemmons
Last Reply January 30, 2008 at 14:47
Started January 27, 2008 at 09:08
does it mean its in the blood stream when its underneath the skin and when the doctors cuts the boil does it mean it gets into the blood stream

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what year was MRSA first diognosed
Posted by hannah
Last Reply January 29, 2008 at 21:20
Started January 29, 2008 at 21:20
good clear views

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Case study still needed for Zest mag
Posted by Lucy Dimbylow
Last Reply January 29, 2008 at 19:07
Started January 29, 2008 at 19:07
Hi everyone,

I'm reposting this message in the hope that someone may be able to help me. I'm a freelance journalist with Zest magazine, and have been commissioned to write a true life story about someone who contracted MRSA after a routine hospital procedure. I wondered if any of you might be interested in sharing your story and helping to raise awareness of the illness.

I'm looking for a woman age 20-40, who contracted MRSA after a fairly minor hospital admission - possibly even childbirth - and became quite seriously ill, but has since recovered. Because we're mindful of the potential legal implications, we would prefer to feature someone whose legal proceedings are done and dusted.

I would need to arrange a phone interview in the next week (evenings/weekends are fine, if that's easiest) and would need you to email some photos of yourself. You will get copy approval before going to press.

I do hope this is something you can help me with, and look forward to hearing fro... read more

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going in for op
Posted by pjg
Last Reply January 27, 2008 at 18:59
Started January 27, 2008
my son is just getting over tonsillitis and i am due to go into hospital for an extensive abdominoplasty on tuesday. should i tell anyone at the hospital? should i have it done if his throat has been caused by strep a bacteria and could this lead to MRSA? many thanks

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might have mrsa
Posted by nathan lemmons
Last Reply January 27, 2008 at 09:04
Started January 27, 2008 at 09:04
i went to holy family emergency room in spokane and i had a large boil looking thing on my cheek and they said it might be mrsa it was never painful tho they cut it open popped all the puss pockets and took a sample and gave me anti biotics

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mrsa and fighting to live
Posted by Celeste Wilson
Last Reply January 26, 2008 at 08:16
Started January 24, 2008 at 04:56
I have not been hospitalized for a year now. Thought my immune system was ok. I visited a friend who had an active case and I was exposed again. My fault for touching something or hanging out with active lesions on their face. Thought I was doing well because for the last few weeks I discoverd Mona Vie the drink with the Acai berry. My bumps that were there for a while disappeared immediately. Now, I'm back on antibiotics and trying not to have to go in for Vanco. Anybody suggest anything? I'm trippin don't want to do the hospital thing.

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Some basic MRSA colonisation questions-surgery
Posted by UK Dave
Last Reply January 25, 2008 at 20:41
Started January 25, 2008 at 17:34
I was supposed to go into surgery last Thursday, but the MRSA skin test came back positive.
I havenít had any problems since I was last in Hospital with my broken leg, when I most likely got it (7 months since it was broken), so I expect itís just colonisation on the skin.

I have been given some antibiotic shampoo to wash in and a nasal spray to be used three times a day, both to be done daily for five days before the operation which is now next Friday, along with changing bed clothes everyday.

Some questions:
How hot should I wash my bed clothes/other clothes to be sure it is gone from them?
Will a normal full-length 40 degree wash do or should I go hotter?

How long does it last on clothes, surfaces etc?
And on that, will it last different lengths of time of different things?

Will I likely be given any tests after to see if itís gone after the operation?

If I still have it floating about, should I be concerned if I say have to administer first aid (not very likel... read more

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Wifes death at Chelsea and westminster
Posted by Stuart Brown
Last Reply January 24, 2008 at 18:16
Started January 24, 2008 at 11:27
My ife went into Chelsea and Westminster Hospital for what we, she and I, had been told was a routine operation.
My wife was a papraplegic and so prone to bed sores. She had in the past been treated by a Surgeon 'operating' both at Chelsea and Westminster under the NHS and at Ashtead Hospital a private Hospital where we had reluctantly paid for operations because we could not afford (sic) to wait for the NHS fearing the complications might kill her.
The same surgeon had done such an operation before removed the worst of the infected tissue privately, then promised us further treatment under the NHS using his position as a consultant at Chelsea and Westminster. We paid the first time and were told that after the private operation she would be transferred to Chelsea and Westminster. There was no knowledge of her at Chelsea and Westminster when she left Ashtead, and follow up calls from us to the Hospital and surgeon proved useless. We then endured a period of over 9 months with her... read more

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Seeking a case study for Zest magazine
Posted by Lucy Dimbylow
Last Reply January 23, 2008 at 12:32
Started January 21, 2008 at 12:21
Hi everyone,

I'm a freelance journalist with Zest magazine, and have been commissioned to write a true life story about someone who contracted MRSA after a routine hospital procedure. I wondered if any of you might be interested in sharing your story and helping to raise awareness of the illness.

I'm looking for a woman, ideally aged 25-40, who contracted MRSA after a fairly minor hospital admission - possibly even childbirth - and became quite seriously ill, but has since recovered. Because we're mindful of the potential legal implications, we would prefer to feature someone whose legal proceedings are done and dusted.

I would need to arrange a phone interview in the next couple of weeks (evenings/weekends are fine, if that's easiest) and would need you to email some photos of yourself. You will get copy approval before going to press.

I do hope this is something you can help me with, and look forward to hearing from you.

Very best wishes,

Lucy

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Daughter caught superbug in Singleton Hospital
Posted by Jane
Last Reply January 23, 2008 at 09:03
Started January 23, 2008 at 09:03
My daughter contracted the MRSA superbug whilst undergoing an operation to fit a feeding tube, gastrostomy. I new nothing at all about MRSA, apart from being told that my daughter had to remain at home off school for 6 week's having to endure painful district nursing/treatment at home, which involved the nursing pouring caustic acid on the bloody, painful open wounds on my daughters tummy. As a result my daughter was held down screaming in agony as the pain was worse than having salt poured in a fresh cut, the acid dabbed onto my daughter's tummy was suppossed to burn away the infected tissue and flesh. Quite a week's later she was admitted to Singleton Hospital Swansea, to have the feeding tube removed, the consultant ignored my wishes as i expressed clearly that the tube had to come out and i would oppose a second tube being reinstated near by, but i was ignored and my daughter underwent an operation to remove the rotten flesh and feeding tube, which resulted in a large 5-8inch sc... read more

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