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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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Truth really is stranger than fiction
Posted by Bookworm
Last Reply August 10, 2007 at 06:55
Started August 10, 2007 at 06:55
Robin Cook's latest medical thriller offers a fine epidemiological puzzle

NEW YORK: Call him a crusader. Robin Cook writes his thrillers not so much to entertain, but, as he once said in an interview, to "alert the public to medical dangers, to get them interested in an issue before it develops into a catastrophe."

Trained as a physician at Columbia University and Harvard University, the best-selling author made his debut 30 years ago with "Coma," which went on to become a Michael Crichton-directed movie. Ever since, he has been churning out medical thrillers one after another, exploring such issues as managed health care, stem cell research, organ transplantation, bioterrorism, genetic engineering and cloning.

Some subject matter is not conducive to dramatization, and last year's "Crisis," which dealt with doctors who lavish care on the rich for a retainer, made a pretty boring read. Luckily for his fans, Cook's latest effort, "Critical," is a top-notch thriller with the f... read more

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MRSA - Big Secret- Shush
Posted by Lizz
Last Reply August 10, 2007 at 01:06
Started August 9, 2007 at 02:55
Hi, during my son's recent hospitial admittance we were 'requested'(warned) not to mention to any other parents or visitors that Adam had contracted MRSA whilst on the ward, supposedly so as not to cause distress and upset and not to worry others.I find this really stupid, Adam was moved to Intensive Care on an open bay as there were only 2 cubicles which were full, although he was kept at least 3 bed spaces away from the other 2 patients, this didn't work as the MRSA was in Adam's lungs and was airbourne anyway, both the other 2 patients, both with trachaoctomys fitted, also caught the MRSA. To keep the infection a big secret won't help matter's, if people are aware of an infection risk it just makes them more dilligent about hygiene of themselves and others. I actually had to complain twice within a couple of minutes about an Intensive Care consultant during ward round who, although gown and gloves measures where in place, she didn't do either, or wash or use hand gel, then procee... read more

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Have i got MRSA
Posted by Angie
Last Reply August 9, 2007 at 23:12
Started August 9, 2007 at 21:58
my Min has been diagnosed as having MRSA in the nasal pasage i have a sore on the outside of my left nostril could this mean i have MRSA too? Mum is in hospital at the moment.
She had MRSA four years ago whilst in intensive care on an open wound


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MRSA and psoriasis
Posted by Elizabeth
Last Reply August 9, 2007 at 07:40
Started July 27, 2007 at 14:49
I've had psoriasis for years. About 6 mos. ago, my fingers and palms of hands started splitting, cracking and bleeding.
I tried my regular medicine for psor., but, it continued. Finally went to doctor and was on different medicine, when I scratched a place on my arm and it became infected. Dr. did a culture and it was MRSA. I am starting 2nd week of antibiotics, putting antibiotic cream in nose 2 times/day, bathing in hibiclens for 10 days and then, 2 to 3 times a week until for a month. At the end of August, I am scheduled for a complete physical. The infection is much better, but, the skin on my fingers has started splitting again, not bleeding yet. I am wearing latex free gloves.
Has anyone ever experienced this? How can I stop fingers from splitting?

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Second operation?
Posted by Keith White
Last Reply August 8, 2007 at 22:10
Started August 8, 2007 at 20:22
I underwent an operation on my knee in July 2003 and contracted MRSA. Surgeons are reluctant to conduct a second operation as they believe that there is a high possibility of the MRSA re-occuring. I would be interested in anyones comments who has undergone a second operation.

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MRSA in the workplace
Posted by Doodles
Last Reply August 8, 2007 at 18:27
Started July 17, 2007 at 12:56
Hi - I work in an open-plan office where a member of staff has MRSA in an open wound on his leg. Should he be at work? What precautions should he be taking? I have developed an infection in my jaw that has not responded to 3 courses of antibiotics so far... so I am worried I may have caught it from him.

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Could it be MRSA again?
Posted by Shari, Ontario, Canada
Last Reply August 8, 2007 at 17:14
Started September 19, 2006 at 04:38
Abby, my 18 month old, one month after supposedly healing from her CA-MRSA infection has now come down with a fever and seems to have some chest congestion. How do I know if its a chest cold or that darn CA-MRSA again? When she was let out of the hospital, were they suppose to do tests to make sure she was 100% clear?

Any help or info would be appreciated.



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MRSA treatment
Posted by Richard Powderhill
Last Reply August 7, 2007 at 15:44
Started August 7, 2007 at 15:15
Since having a knee replacement joint five years ago, I have contracted MRSA in the op. wound. Despite many visits to various hospitals, positive and remedial treatment have been denied me, one orthopaedic department saying `don`t come back other than to discuss amputation`, another saying `this is not a dressins changing station`, then giving me a pain-killer, and sending me back still with weeping dressings.
One surgeon recommended a thorough re-opening and wash-out of the wound, but never seeming to get round to it.
Where do I go from here?

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mrsa
Posted by emma
Last Reply August 7, 2007 at 15:25
Started August 7, 2007 at 15:25
my sister went in to hospital about 7 week ago they told her she had chrones disease, and when they operated it wasnt that at all it was a burst appendix, since the operation she has been in and out of hospital since really unwell her wound has burst open and is leaking all the time shes had numerous swabs taken and blood tests all the doctors said nothing, i took her to see her surgeon who did the surgery and he has now told us she as mrsa, shes only 16 and is so scared to what is going to happen, then i find ut my older sister who has a surzerian a couple of week ago her wound is now doing the same and my we didnt know my other sister had mrsa so they have been in contact before we knew, i am sure they knew she had it weeks before we were told and now this may mean now because of this both of them have got it am so worried and dont know what to do has any one expericed anything like this?

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MRSA
Posted by christine
Last Reply August 6, 2007 at 22:43
Started August 6, 2007 at 22:43
I had a operation on my spine in 1998, and caught MRSA. I went in to renal failure and had to go into a room on my own. I felt very weak. I am not a carrier, but I was so ill I didn't think I would get through it. The MRSA got into the wound, I spent six weeks not knowing how things would turn out. Having to have high powerd introvenace drungs made me very ill. I am glad I am here to tell the tale,

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MRSA
Posted by Tom Taylor
Last Reply August 6, 2007 at 15:27
Started July 26, 2007 at 22:35
Please can anyone advise on the above,
My mother is nearing 88 years of age and has been in and out of hospital recently, she has just been discharged and we have been told that she has contracted MRSA. We have been told that we can hug and even kiss her without fear of getting infected, this we find hard to accept due to the severity of the spread of this infection. We are very worried about contact with her can anyone advise us what to do.

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Under Your Nails
Posted by Tim Cheatle
Last Reply August 5, 2007 at 17:43
Started July 20, 2007 at 09:47
Can someone explain how hand gel cleans under your nails?Of course it doesn't.Do NHS staff have to have a maximum nail length?Maybe they should!
I play guitar-my right hand has slightly longer nails for picking purposes-without a nail brush you cannot clean inside the nails!Why not issue some form of disposible nail brush?!

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Travel insurance
Posted by Judy
Last Reply August 5, 2007 at 14:04
Started July 29, 2007 at 11:50
Hi.
I had a band fitted at the end of January this year and am doing quite well. I am travelling to the U.S.A. so am looking for travel insurance. Any idea who will give you cover when you have gastric band fitted.
Many thanks.
Judy.

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MRSA and Toxic Shock Syndrome
Posted by Lizz
Last Reply August 5, 2007 at 10:56
Started August 5, 2007 at 08:07
MRSA and Toxic Shock Syndrome
Started by lizz Posted: August 5, 2007 at 04:41
Hi, my six year old son Adam has just spent five weeks in hospitial and has had MRSA for the 3rd time.Each time contracted in hospitial.

He also developed Sceptic Shock then Toxic Shock Syndrome as a complication of the MRSA in his blood.
He was admitted on 27th June and got home on 3rd August.Here is a bit off background info on Adam.

Adam was born prematurely, at 25 weeks gestation weighing 1 pound 14 ounces and has mutiple health problems including severe cerebal palsy and chronic lung disease and is on home oxygen.
Adam had grade 4 bilateral intraventricular brain hemmriges at 2 days old and was not expected to survive, grade 3 causes severe disability, grade 4 normally results in death. This resulted in him having hydracephlaus so instead of his Spinal Fluid leaving the brain area, it stayed due to blockage and caused fluid on the brain, and he had a vp shunt (Ventricular Peritonial,so f... read more

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