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C-diff containment
Posted by Dr. Storm
Last Reply August 28, 2007 at 21:22
Started August 26, 2007 at 20:39
I have been in geriatric bathing for 30 plus years and I have studied c-diff with a pasion for several years. The bug
can only be spread through the fecal/oral route. All of us
when we are up in years will at some time before incontinent. This issue of containment is usally in the form
of adult breifs or incontinent pads that a person lays on.
However when put in a whirlpool of suds the accidents are impossilbe to detect, and if a shower is used the poor
incontinent resident or patient goes on the floor. This is
the missing link that the DOC's that study c-diff are misssing. Once some one goes on the floor (fecal matter)
the spores of c-diff can be spread from carfegivers shoes
or the wheels of the shower chair. BOTH SHOES AND WHEELS ARE ALWAYS PRESENT!!!!! during this process. I have seen a
new product called the Melanie Mobil Shower with built in toilet. This is a real winner for containing fecal matter
which contains c-diff spores and keeps it from being spread
all ... read more

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Frogs and Teflon v MRSA
Posted by Ruth
Last Reply August 26, 2007 at 10:53
Started August 26, 2007 at 10:53
For years, researchers have tried to make antibiotics from antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) - proteins found in almost all animals, but particularly in the skin of the African clawed frog, Xenopus laevis. AMPs provide the first line of defence against invading bacteria, but when injected into the body, they are quickly degraded by enzymes called proteases. If the concentration of AMPs is increased to overcome this they become toxic, sticking to red blood cells and killing them.

Now Neil Marsh and his colleagues at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, have discovered that adding flourine atoms - the key component of the non-stick coating Teflon - to AMPs protects them from proteases.

By swapping some of the amino acids in the peptide for ones containing fourine, they created an AMP that remained intact after exposure to proteases for 10 hours. AMPs without flourine were completely degraded after 30 minutes.

Flourine also made the AMPs more potent against certain bacter... read more

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MRSA
Posted by ruth
Last Reply August 25, 2007 at 16:25
Started August 25, 2007 at 16:02
MRSA is staph in Mycoplasma. Google Dr. Garth Nicholsn

doxycyclene and rifampin - 1 year

lacto bacilus - for gut 1 year, in yogurt or pills russians did lots of research on this

chlorhexidine - topical wash for skin lesions

Violeta De Gencianan - makes lesions dry up scab over takes a few weeks

alkalinize body - 1 teaspoon baking soda 3 times a day - get ph test from health food store

alkaline diet - 40% vegs, 40% fruit, 20% meat and carbs, drink lots of green tea and herbal teas. No coffee, sugar, alcohol, chocolate

build immune system - vitamins - a, b, c, d, e. minerals - zinc, magnesium, calcium, potassium, selenium, cesium. Omega fatty acid - fish oil, flax oil

exercise - to get oxygen in body


Callisto Pharmaceuticals development pipeline also includes a drug to treat inflammatory bowel disease, as well as a homeland defense initiative called the Superantigen Biodefense Project, which is exploring development of a drug and vaccine to protect against... read more

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MRSA pre heart surgery.
Posted by Kate in Ireland
Last Reply August 24, 2007 at 07:19
Started August 23, 2007 at 23:17
Mum has spent 7 weeks in hospital. Picked up the MRSA bug during her stay. They released her from hospital 2 weeks ago, "to clear up the bug", before she is re-admitted for a tripple bypass. Just got the results of her first swab, positive in her nose, groin and underarm. Is she re-infecting herself? Are we re-infecting her. Very dispondent!
Please can anyone help

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MRSA and toodlers
Posted by Dagny
Last Reply August 23, 2007 at 06:55
Started August 23, 2007 at 06:55
I just found out my 22 month old daughter, Kayla, has MRSA. It seems that she has had it for quite some time. She developed a rash on her inner thigh that spread quite quickly in 4 days. I took her to the doctor and she did a culture. She gave me some antibiotic and said to call on Tuesday for results. I didn't because of losing her number and also the rash was gone by Monday. She had this same rash last year and it went away within a week with the same antibiotic.

I have no idea where she got it but me, my son, and my husband are not showing any symptoms. I am a bit freaked because of some of the stuff I have read if you have a huge infection.

Though how can MRSA affect a toddler? If she has had this for more than a year, could this be why I call her demon spawn? She screams A LOT, and is quite irritable since she was 9 months old (same time as last "outbreak").

I am supposed to go in tomorrow to get antibiotics and talk to the doctor about this. Anything I n... read more

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MRSA
Posted by Glynis
Last Reply August 23, 2007 at 01:23
Started August 22, 2007 at 10:01
I had MRSA in 2003 after the birth of my baby. Shortly after i had my gallbalder removed and the doctor told me that i was heavily scared interally. I wondered if anyone knew the effects of this, as no one seems to what to tell me.

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MRSA on lungs
Posted by Gary
Last Reply August 22, 2007
Started March 26, 2007 at 13:52
Hi Contacted MRSA on my lungs after admittion to hospital,still feeling unwell, short of breath even after short distances, climbing even 1 flight of stairs, is there any-one out there like me. this is 1 month after treatment stopped for MRSA.

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problems
Posted by iestyn
Last Reply August 21, 2007 at 20:20
Started August 21, 2007 at 20:20
i still have mrsa after 12 months i have taken enough antibiotics to keep the plague at bay but it still keeps coming back to annoy me i now have difficulty breathing my gp has told me i have copd the lung disease i also have a lot of pain in my elbow i want a sputum test to eliminate mrsa but my gp wont give me one he said if it was mrsa i would be really ill is this right?

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Adam
Posted by Lizz
Last Reply August 19, 2007 at 17:22
Started August 19, 2007
Hi all,just an update on Adam.
We have just got back out of hospitial yesterday, Adam was readmitted on the 9th August, his stiches had burst open and his surgery wounds wouldn't heal, had to have IV antibiotics.
The doc's put him on the Vancromycin again and he had full body, nasal and wound swabs first but nothing came back positive. Adam has now had 3 full MRSA clears, whilst not on treatment, so is reguarded as MRSA free.
I did request full barrier nursing for him from all staff, but they said he didn't require it, they just put an infection sign on his door and provided red linen bags, but that was it, no gloves or aprons.
Just one problem, he had a really bad allergic reaction to the Vancramycin, he's got over sensitive to it because he has had it so much, he's not allowed it ever again, (he has mutiple allergies anyway,penicillian, some other non-penicillian antibiotics, medical tapes, loads of skin products, ) so they put him on Linezolid i don't know what that speci... read more

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advice
Posted by julie loughlin
Last Reply August 18, 2007 at 23:15
Started August 18, 2007 at 15:13
Hi

I am going through surgery for gastric band next week and want to know how long it takes to recover, I know everyone is different but I start a new job on 1/9/07 and just hope I am ok

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Vanessa, check in please
Posted by Nancy R
Last Reply August 17, 2007 at 22:55
Started August 13, 2007 at 01:41
Vanessa:

As you know, I like to read updates on your dad. What's the latest, please. I have 2 more weeks on IV meds and then a 4 week waiting period. How's he doing?

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mrsa and labour
Posted by janet (silverlucian)
Last Reply August 14, 2007 at 22:55
Started August 14, 2007 at 15:52
hi l have had mrsa since Nov 206 and nothing seems to be able to shift it. l have a supra pubic catheter and have mrsa in the wound, l have just come home from the Caribean and had a swab taken so l know l have it still. Today the nuse took a sample of my urine to see if l hae it in there still.
What is upsetting me is the fact that one of my daughters is due to have her baby any day now, and the nurse has told me that it's not a good idea if l attend her labour with her because of the babies umbilical cord etc.
Plus another one of my daughters is due to have minor surgery and l am concerned wether or not l can go with her to the hospital now.
All of this has made me so angry at the hospital where l got this mrsa from.
l so want to be with my daughter when she goes into labour and now cant.
This makes me feel so unclean and afraid to get next to her.

Janet.

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Phage in the UK
Posted by Susan
Last Reply August 14, 2007 at 06:44
Started August 14, 2007 at 06:44
Nasal cream that could give MRSA a taste of its own medicine
By FIONA MacRAE – DAILY MAIL
Last updated at 21:09pm on 13th August 2007
A cream that homes in on MRSA then destroys it is on the way

A cream that homes in on MRSA then destroys it is on the way, scientists announced yesterday. The secret of the nasal cream, say its British creators, is that it contains bug-busting viruses of its own capable of rapidly killing MRSA bacteria.

If tests are successful, the treatment could be on sale in three years and could play a major role in reining in the deadly bug.

The idea is that both hospital patients and staff could use the cream to slash the transmission of MRSA. Other powerful bacteria, such as Clostridium difficile and e.coli, could be targeted by the same method.

Hospital superbugs, which are becoming increasingly resistant to antibiotics, kill at least 5,000 patients a year.

Researchers at Coventry based biotech firm Novolytics say their approach, known ... read more

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MRSA Epidemic/Our victory
Posted by Cathy
Last Reply August 13, 2007
Started August 13, 2007
Hi everyone,


Here is an update on our family’s progress:


It has been over year and none of the three family members have had any reoccurrences of CA-MRSA.
My oldest son recently had to have dental implants and no sign of any infection.

As many of you know MRSA nearly killed our oldest son and viciously attacked my youngest son. I also got it, but a more mild attack compared to what my sons had to deal with.

We were seen by our MD, who is the chief of staff at our local hospital and also an infectious disease specialist.
Our MD promised us that the three antibiotics thrown this infection would kill it. He also told us that it would not come back. We were his first failure because the infection was back within 10 days. We came to the conclusion that doctors are experimenting with antibiotics ‘to see which one might kill it’. This is what we were told by our infectious disease specialist.

I knew at that point that our whole family’s lives were in the balance. I pr... read more

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Close Contact
Posted by John
Last Reply August 12, 2007 at 22:17
Started August 6, 2007 at 17:22
Is it possible to contract MRSA by being in a confined area with an MRSA patient for long periods, yet not having physial contact.

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mrsa transfer from hospital
Posted by donna
Last Reply August 12, 2007 at 15:39
Started August 12, 2007 at 09:18
should all hospitals inform care homes that a patient has mrsa

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MRSA
Posted by Rachael
Last Reply August 11, 2007 at 21:05
Started August 11, 2007 at 20:17
Hi everyone
Today i found out (only through asking) that my nana has MRSA and have a few questions.
1. My nana is still on a ward with uninfected people is this allowed?

2. She gets confused sometimes and doesn't seem to know that she has it shouldn't they have told her next of kin knowing that she sometimes forgets things?

and 3. The nurse who told us said 'it isnt that serious' and can easily be cured is this right?

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MRSA cure
Posted by Sarah RN
Last Reply August 11, 2007 at 11:04
Started August 10, 2007 at 15:03
(I just posted the following as a response to Lori's "18 Month-old" post, and in occurred to me that a lot of people might not know about this stuff. So, read on.) :)

No one should ever suffer long from MRSA or any other antibiotic resistant bacteria, nor should anyone suffer the detrimental side-effects of the intense antibiotics used against them. A real cure exists in nature. Every bacteria has natural enemies in the form of bacteriophage viruses. The former Soviet Union and parts of Europe have been refining preparations of these bacteriophages and curing infections for decades. http://www.eliava-ibmv.caucasus.net/index.htm

The technology for refining these "bioactive" products is quite advanced now, and in fact, bacteriophages are already being used in the USA by veterinarians and as an antibacterial spray on food. http://www.intralytix.com/... read more

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MRSA in open wound
Posted by Cristina
Last Reply August 11, 2007 at 10:05
Started July 18, 2007 at 14:09
Im 21yrs old. I have had 3 operations in the last 6mths due to pilanidal abcesses and infections and the last operation (5wks ago) left me with a 6inch cut that was originally stitched up apart from an inch at the bottom that was left open as it was very very wet. i have since been having my dressing changed twice a day and this still does not contain the fluid!
firstly the hospital left the stitches in for 5wks, when they shouldnt have been left longer then 10 days or so, and my skin had healed over them so taking them out was agony. the surgeon that removed them said nothing just took them out and basically told me to put up with the pain. (i am still on severedol (morphine sulphate) tablets 4 times a day).
A few days before the stitches came out 1 'hole' had opened along the stitch line and were oozing so i asked my district nurse to do a swab. Since then another 'hole' has opened at the top and over the last few days has grown almost 4x the size. the pain is so intense moving ... read more

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18 month-old
Posted by Lori
Last Reply August 11, 2007 at 01:04
Started August 10, 2007 at 12:00
We were told by doctors that our 18-month-old has MRSA. His only "sign" was several small bumps on his abdomen and one large, puss-filled bump on his buttocks. They did a culture and treated him with Bactrim. A week after he finished the antibiotic, he formed another large, puss-filled bump on his abdomen. I am concerned that the antibiotic did not work and he seemed to have a very minor case (from some pictures I have seen). Does anyone know any other solutions or recommendations? I have heard some can be treated by just draining or washing with a certain soap. I hate to have them keep giving the little guy antibiotics that are not helping!

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