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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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Cant reply to Lizz's Post
Posted by Forum not working
Last Reply August 5, 2007 at 09:53
Started August 5, 2007 at 07:54
I have tried to reply to Lizz but there seems to be a problem as I cannot post

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health hazards
Posted by moya
Last Reply August 5, 2007 at 09:27
Started August 5, 2007 at 01:15
Health hazards

THE way things are going a spell in the emergency ward will soon be one of the biggest health risks around.

Certainly if hospital-acquired infections were an Olympic event, Britain would be a gold medal contender.

But it’s not just superbugs MRSA and C-Difficile, spread in dirty wards by unwashed hands, that threaten patients.

Yesterday it was revealed that a bungling surgeon operated on the wrong arm of one victim, while only 24 hours earlier came the tragic news that two cancer-sufferers in their 30s had died because they were given a drug overdose.

Of course, the vast majority of our hospitals and their staff do a brilliant job.

But that is no excuse for easily-remedied failings that make even sensible people think twice before putting themselves at the mercy of the NHS.



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CUSTODIAN WITH MRSA
Posted by ALF
Last Reply August 5, 2007 at 01:31
Started August 5, 2007 at 01:31
I AM A CUSTODIAN AND WORK IN A HIGH SCHOOL . I WAS HURT AND IT TURNED IN TO MRSA.I SPENT 33 DAYS IN A NURCEING HOME AND THE NEXT 30 DAYS ON MY BACK AT HOME. NOW AFTER RETURNING TO WORK AFTER OH ABOUT 1 WEEK OR SO THE DOCTOR TAKE ME BACK OF WORK AND RUN TEST TO SEE IF I STILL HAVE MRSA.
THE DOCTOR SAY IT WAS THE EMPLOYERS FALT, WHATS GOING TO HAPPEN NEXT??
I HAVE READ ALOT OF THESE AND IT SEEMS THERE ARE A LOT OF PEOPLE WITH DOCTORS TELLING THEM ALL KINDS OF STUFF.

DO THE DOCTORS KNOW HOW TO HADDLE THIS OR ARE THEY MAKING THIS UP AS THEY GO???

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Will bactrim work??
Posted by Alice Herman
Last Reply August 4, 2007 at 14:40
Started August 2, 2007 at 01:59
Hi. I hope somebody out there in cyber-space can help me. I live in VERY rural Nebraska, USA and after a serious car accident 3 years ago, I was transported from our local hospital here to a "real" hospital about 2 hours away, where I was diagnosed with MRSA. To make a long story short, I ended up having multiple surgeries and skin grafts, because of dead tissue and complications of MRSA. THANK GOD for this hospital, because the surgeon said I would have died within 2 days because I was so seriously ill from the MRSA. Anyways, NOW I HAVE IT AGAIN!!! YUCK!! I got a scratch on my arm 2 weeks ago, and developed a HUGE abscess on my arm. Last week, the doctor here in my small town, FINALLY did surgery, opening the wound and put me in the hospital, just overnight, with a vancomyicin(?) IV. I have been out of the hospital for a week now, and am taking 500 mg. of bactrim twice daily. I also change and pack my open wound twice daily. I am scared that the bactrim won't work and I ... read more

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MRSA after cruciate ligament reconstruction
Posted by Sam D
Last Reply August 3, 2007 at 18:41
Started July 9, 2007 at 13:31
My partner is in hospital after contracting MRSA following a ACL reconstruction to his right knee. He was fine for 7 days post op, but the day after having his staples removed at his GP's his wound split open and became very weepy, (bright red scar tissue with yellow pus). He saw his cons the next day who said he had an infection and gave him fluxocillin 500mg 2 tablets 4 times a day (this actually seemed a strong dose to me) but not to worry and to attend physio the following week. Some swabs were taken but we have never heard the results. During that week he had a sky high temperature, D&V, uncontrollable shakes and sweats. He spoke to the physio who spoke to the consultant who said it was a common side effect of the drugs. At his next follow up the cons looked at the wound (which was still open and weepy) and said that the infection had gone. In my opinion this couldn't have been true and the top of the knee cap had now disappeared due to swelling. He was referred back for ... read more

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MRSA = Mother is 74 yrs ofd
Posted by Jan
Last Reply August 2, 2007 at 19:52
Started August 2, 2007 at 06:43
My mother had a knee replacement and contracted the infection MRSA, I have never heard about it till know.
She has been on the antibiotic vancomycin. The doctors seem to think this is helping. She will be moved to a nusing home in two days. The say she will need this antibiotic for the rest of her life.
Can any one tell me what the complication of the medication? She seems tired all the time and has already got thrush. Any information will be of help. Thanks I have been so worried.

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respect
Posted by po_po100_po
Last Reply August 1, 2007
Started August 1, 2007
gutten site, but little grey.
good!

















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healthcare proffessionals
Posted by Angela
Last Reply July 31, 2007 at 21:48
Started July 31, 2007 at 14:53
I was diagnosed with MRSA last year. I was unable to find out where I picked it up, as I work with people who have MRSA, I had recently had minor surgery at my GP practice and had later been treated as an out patient in hospital, and had minor hospital surgery the year before. I was treated with two different antibiotics which did not work. Eventually my symptoms went away, (although no-one seems to be able to tell me if the infection is gone).due, I beleive to Manuka honey and probiotics. However, the medical profession has dismissed all my concerns that I work in a healthcare setting, providing personal care to vulnerable people. I resigned from my job working with vulnerable children, as I felt it was not safe.
Has anyone else found themself in this position? I still feel very "run down" and seem to catch every infection going round.



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MRSA postnatal
Posted by Liz
Last Reply July 31, 2007
Started July 30, 2007 at 21:42
I contracted MRSA from hospital,in the vagina after having my daughter 5 months ago. After keeping on at the doctors for 4 months they finally refered me to a DR at the hospital. I feel like I am getting no where fast and just being given excuses all the time as they don't really know what to prescribe to help clear it up.They just keep saying it's down to the lab to advise. Can anything actually be given to help? With the area that it's in the likelyhood of me getting rid of this horrible bug is pretty slim. Is there anyone else out there that has had any similar problem? or that could help.

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is 'step aureus' a form of mrsa?
Posted by laura
Last Reply July 30, 2007 at 17:03
Started July 25, 2007 at 16:02
I had a c section and was admitted back into hospital 4 days after being discharged with bleeding from the wound they said I had a bug called 'step aureus'.I was on an IV drip for three days, is this a form of mrsa?

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MRSA Negative
Posted by Marlen
Last Reply July 30, 2007 at 16:55
Started July 30, 2007 at 12:07
Some time ago I wrote about my worry of MRSA in sputum. I am now happy to tell you I have received a letter I am now MRSA negative. I am so happy as I was really worried.

I hope this will give everyone some confidence that this bug can be eradicated.

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residential care mrsa
Posted by donna
Last Reply July 29, 2007 at 12:24
Started July 29, 2007 at 10:31
what is the policy regarding admission of patients to residential homes

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Tribute to The Innocent Victims
Posted by Maria
Last Reply July 29, 2007 at 11:03
Started July 5, 2007 at 19:12
MRSA Action UK will be paying tribute to those who have suffered and those we have lost to healthcare infections at Westminster Abbey on Thursday 19th July 2007. There will be prayers at 12.45pm and a floral tribute laid at 1.00pm

A reception will follow at The Strand Palace Hotel 372 The Strand at 2.00pm. Everyone is welcome to attend.
If you would like floral tributes laid on behalf of your loved one we can arrange this on your behalf

Please contact us if you would like to attendor if you would like a floral tribute
Telephone: 01623 556255 Email: info@mrsaactionuk.net

Our guests of honour include our President Professor Hugh Pennington the Emeritus Professor of Bacteriology, Department of Medical Microbiology, Aberdeen University and Claire Rayner OBE, honoured for services to women’s issues and to health issues.

For more information please see the latest news at our website http://mrsaactionuk.net... read more

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Herbal Cleansing
Posted by Crystal Brooks
Last Reply July 26, 2007 at 17:55
Started April 15, 2007 at 20:25
My fiance passed away June 2006 from MRSA that got into his blood stream shutting down his organs one by one too quickly before doctors could do anything about it- he was only 40 years old..about four months ago, I suffered horrible boils on my back which were MRSA after being tested I found that out..I ran a fever of 103 for a few days and the doctor gave me a drug called "Bactrim" which helped alot. I have been taking "Noni" juice and alot of other herbs that help give me energy and build my immune system- aloe vera juice, cinnamon, dandelion root and I feel like I have more energy than I did before I got sick. I wish you all the best..I never heard of MRSA before my personal experience with it. God bless.

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MRSA Pnuemonia
Posted by Marsha
Last Reply July 25, 2007 at 17:49
Started March 18, 2006 at 14:24
My husband has MRSA Pnuemonia and has been sick for over two months. I am wondering now if he will recover. Has anyone else ever had it? Reply to nonny1946@aol.com

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Gordon on Health
Posted by Blogger
Last Reply July 25, 2007 at 07:25
Started July 24, 2007
National Policy Forum, Heathrow, 14/15 July 2007

Gordon Brown launched proceedings with an impressive speech:
GPs should open at convenient times, and high technical standards in hospitals must be equalled by cleanliness, personal attention and aftercare

After the press had gone…………. On Health –
“Need proper debate on the problems of unlimited demand but finite resources, with NICE recommendations on new drugs such as herceptin and lucentis overturned by the courts and
the media. Explain the role of choice in improving standards, and recognise that choice implies over-capacity. Ask people why they make particular choices. Take account of demographic change. Interest in Ara Darzi’s plans for London, but must recognise
differences between cities, small towns and rural areas.”

Err…… What happened to the bits he spun when the press were present



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MRSA and my daughter
Posted by Lisa
Last Reply July 25, 2007 at 01:01
Started July 24, 2007 at 23:27
My daughter was born on may 12th 2007. She had respitory distress when born sent to nicu. They put tubes down her throat also Ivs then 6 hours later they did a blood culture. I was then told she had MRSA which I was told it was like the common cold still 2 days later she had a spinal tap and they are still saying nothing to worry about. My husband and I did not relize how serious it was until we transferred to closer hospital. They had her in isolation we scrubbed when coming in and leaving. I am very concerned about long term effects of this. She never looks at us she always looks straight up she dosent follow your voice, also she sleeps a LOT more then any of my boys ever did. She is only 11 weeks old and I am lost. Her pediatrician keeps saying not to worry but she dosent seem to be listening to me. Can anyone give me advice Thank You

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