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Posted by Anne
Last Reply July 24, 2007 at 21:53
Started July 22, 2007 at 08:55
I have been caring for an elderly gentleman for approx 6 months who has leg ulcers.

The leg ulcers first showed signs of infection approx 5 months ago. He was prescribed a broad spectrum anti-biotic for this to which the infection seemed to respond initially. After finishing the medication, the infection returned within a few days and another course of anti-biotics was prescribed.

At this time I queried why swabs had not been taken so that the bacteria responsible for the infection could be identified and the appropriate medication prescribed. The nurse advised me that this was not required as they could see an infection was present.

Again, improvement was noted, but the infection returned within days of the medication being finished. Nothing was done about this for about ten days, during which time the infection became worse. Finally, a swab was taken with the result being MRSA!

The appropriate medication was then prescribed but this had little effect, which may ... read more

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Last Reply July 24, 2007 at 21:40
Started August 25, 2006 at 19:32
I have been told i have MRSA after having a hysterectomy on the 2nd August 2006. After my stitches were removed my wound opened, i then had to permantley keep gauze on my wound to absord the liquid i was leaking. The would was getting no better and finally bust open again and dramatically ozzed again at which point i called an ambulance. My consultant wasn't in the least bit worried and just told me to carry on with the dressings. I insisted on seeing him and he suggested they take a swab, the result of this i found out was MRSA and i wasn't happy. I might add i had my surgery at a private hospital and not NHS. I have since had nose and throat swabs and today i have been told they were negative. So did i get the superbug from hospital, i think so. I feel angry about this and feel it shouldn't be happening anywhere and for people to have to suffer. I am fighting it though and hopefully i will beat it.
Would love to hear from other people who have gone through the same.

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Infection Treatment
Posted by bella
Last Reply July 23, 2007 at 22:20
Started July 23, 2007 at 05:40
I have a question; I hope someone will be able to help me. With the winter coming Iím a bit worried because my son is very sensitive to infections. Well, it didnít thought that it is important to take him to the doctor so I just consulted a pharmacist and she advised me administer Biaxin; I have never used this medicine so Iím just worried. Has anyone used it? Please provide me some information about it because I have read something worth worrying about it concerning its side effects on so this explains why this is troubling me so much.

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Posted by miss d
Last Reply July 21, 2007 at 08:41
Started July 21, 2007 at 02:30
do you know if there is any way of me doing something to the hospital for getting my baby very sick? on the 4th we went in b/c his testicals were swollen. he is not circumsized. doctor always told me not to pull it all the way back for I might rip him his skin is to tight only clean what I can. so I did.
but when we went in for the 4th they couldn't find his hole poor kid went through 4 catherders. they had the doctor come in and do it, well she pulled his skin all the way back, ripped his pee hole and made him bleed!!!! it was all infected in there. anyways what im getting to is the next day we were at home he had this huge thing on his back, it was an abscess. come to find out he had MRSA(marsa)
M(methicillin)R(resistant)S(staphylococcus)A(aureus) you catch it through cuts, iv's,recently been in the hospital,contact with someone(which we weren't), many ways and the sore wasn't there on the that tells me he caught it through the hospital...right?? i was curious to k... read more

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Posted by Tim Cheatle
Last Reply July 20, 2007 at 19:22
Started July 20, 2007 at 09:17
Our MP has contacted the Health Minister asking why our Government does not take the advice of the World Health Organisation and the National Office Of Statistics in regard to putting the known organism which caused death onto the death certificate!Until this is done all national statistics are wrong in regard to deaths with MRSA,C-Diff,Aids etc,etc.

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Doctors don't know best!
Posted by Tim Cheatle
Last Reply July 20, 2007 at 15:16
Started June 24, 2005
The doctors left MRSA off our Dad's death certificate-he had been in isolation with MRSA for two weeks when he died.With a lack of medical knowledge and superior common sense we asked for a postmortem and the coroner changed the cause of death to MRSA Pneumonia!
Doctors don't know best and this on top of the MRSA Plague ridden hospitals and a Government who couldn't run a piss-up in a brewery-we are faced with a worrying future unless the public turns this into a Political issue of higher priority than Bob Geldof's worrying about Africa!

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Possible cause of MRSA!
Posted by Tim Cheatle
Last Reply July 20, 2007 at 09:22
Started July 20, 2007 at 09:22
Have you ever cleaned out your computer mouse?You should!See what horrors lerk within!Since computers have been in hospitals MRSA has got worse-coincidence?
How often do the staff clean their mouse?
This might sound so simple-but hey!
We are talking about direct hand contact between staff and their mouse!

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Advice please
Posted by Kerry
Last Reply July 19, 2007 at 20:27
Started July 19, 2007 at 16:13
I suffer with a blood disorder which means I have to attend the heamatology day unit every 6 weeks or so to have a unit of blood removed. I am scared to death of contracting MRSA or some other horrid infection as the nurses don't seem to worry about wearing gloves or washing their hands - they go from patient to patient putting in IV's etc and if they do bother to go to the sink in the unit they just quickly rinse their hands under the tap - no soap no proper washing and sometimes they don't even do that. I am really worried. My husband says I should complain to them but I am scared they will be off hand and rough with me, I have to have a unit of fluid in my hand and then a unit of blood taken from my other arm - I hate it and am afraid to make things worse for myself by complaining. Should they be wearing gloves?? Am I at risk?

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Clindamycin-susceptible MRSA
Posted by Jessica
Last Reply July 19, 2007 at 18:01
Started July 19, 2007 at 14:24
I am currently being treated for "spider-bite" type symptoms of MRSA with clindamycin. They did do the extended testing to make sure that my strain would not develop a resistance to clindamycin, and they are convinced that it will not. My question is, does that mean that I am now "cured"? Or am I colonized? What about my family members?

Thank you for your advice.

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Reduce MRSA & other HAIs
Posted by Ruth Wollacott
Last Reply July 19, 2007 at 06:59
Started July 19, 2007 at 06:59

How to reduce your risk of catching MRSA and other Hospital Acquired Infections

Press articles about the risk of contracting MRSA or another hospital acquired infection are all too common and are a cause of concern for people who are facing hospital procedures of any kind.

What can be done to lessen the risk that you might contract MRSA or another HAI? Professor Barry Cookson of the Health Protection Agency is adamant in his belief that to reduce bed occupancy in NHS to a safe level of 85% or below, is pivotal in reducing the incidence of all HAIs. The lower incidence of infection seen in European hospitals, those with more isolation facilities which in effect is a lower bed occupancy, bear out this contention. Professor Cookson believes that government targets are the cause of the current high bed occupancy seen in NHS hospitals and that such targets directly militate against patient safety.

Unfortunately, however, the level of bed occupancy, and the protoc... read more

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babies and mrsa
Posted by kenw
Last Reply July 19, 2007 at 01:20
Started December 3, 2006 at 18:34
Hi, Looking for some comfort as well as info really.
We have just been told my mother of 88 has been moved to isolation as she has contacted MRSA in the hospital, no more details yet.
My wife and I have been visiting her every day for the past week and our daughter also took her baby daughter in to see Great Grandma.
My wife looks after the three grandchildern each week(aged 6 months, 3 and 3) and we are really worried for them.
every time we went into the ward we cleaned our hands and again on the way out but was that enough to keep us from spreading it to the kids?
Any help/advise would be very gratefully recieved.

Ken and Jackie

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Posted by Mandy
Last Reply July 18, 2007 at 16:14
Started March 23, 2005 at 11:42
My father had a stroke 6 weeks ago, within 2 weeks he had another and a bleed. He was on road to recovery being moved to rehab unit, then he had another clot cutting off his bowell. He had two major operations and is in intensive care. We have been told yesterday that after all his fighting etc that he has MRSA in his blood and lungs. Its not fair!! They are giving him antibiotics, strongest there is apparently! what are his chances? we are so angry that a man could go through so much and then get this,we thought he was in the best place, seems it could be the worst.

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mrsa and its effects
Posted by therese
Last Reply July 18, 2007 at 16:08
Started March 22, 2005 at 23:01
my mum went into hospital just after boxing day, she had cancer 4 year ago and beat it she went into hospital with a blockage in her tummy she got over the operation and was doing well she was old, but she got over the operation, they put her after comming out of ICU into a private ward which was nice, after that she went into a ward on the hospital, in a room of her own, she went down hill fast, they say she had mass infections she was in hospital for nearly 3 months doing well they said she had mrsa tested in her urine and it was positive, she died of MRSA not the operation what a sham they tried and are still trying to cover it up they are at fault

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Continuing in my one-woman quest
Posted by Ruth Wollacott
Last Reply July 17, 2007 at 08:04
Started July 1, 2007

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MSRA Caught in Hospital
Posted by Chris
Last Reply July 16, 2007 at 23:53
Started January 11, 2006 at 09:22
My brother has just gone through a Bowel Cancer Operation in a leading Sheffield Hospital.
He was (casually) told "You have the MSRA infection, in/around your wound".....The operating Consultant said "We are probably all carrying it, dont worry, we have it under control"......The attitude is almost "What do you expect, you are in hospital, and vulnerable".......Are there any routes for compensation set up with the Health Authorities or other local groups?
Will this infection we ongoing? He has been told that when he goes back into hospital to reverse the (Stoma Bag) then he WILL be segregated into a side ward, because he now has a BLACK mark on his hospital records.
The BLACK mark caused by going into the very hospital that is now black-balling him.

Comments please? or shall I say HELP!!!!

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Posted by veronica
Last Reply July 16, 2007 at 22:55
Started July 14, 2007 at 12:24

i have been working for a lady that has MRSA for the last few weeks now and i would like to get more info on the subject. as i am doing her cleaning i have not worn gloves all the time is it possible that i could contact MRSA because of this. please reasure me as soon as possible. many thanks

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a school case study
Posted by school kid
Last Reply July 16, 2007 at 13:52
Started July 16, 2007 at 13:52
i would like more facts 'n' stuff about the superbug and what it is like like being a carier and your opinion about weather you think that hospital is the best place to stay if you are ill e-mail me on

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MRSA effects on children
Posted by Lynnette
Last Reply July 15, 2007 at 16:11
Started July 15, 2007 at 06:00
My daughter contracted MRSA when she was three. She is now seven, and has never been the same. She struggles in school academically and physically. I took her to an occupational therapist per the Kindergarten teacher's request, and they said that she wasn't a canidate for OT. Someone has to be studying children and how this disease effected them. After being in Childrens Hospital for a week, she wouldn't go out of the house any more. Ten months later I put her in the back yard and refused to let her in the house. She knew everything before she had MRSA. After MRSA it was lost- knowledge of letters, numbers, etc. She didn't go to preschool that year.

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MRSA info required
Posted by Hazel
Last Reply July 15, 2007 at 16:01
Started July 15, 2007 at 09:42
My mum has had a gallbladder op 16 day's ago, there were complications as it had burst 5 weeks previous. An overnight stay has turned into a 3 week stay. We were also told a week ago that she may have a rare form of cancer, we find out the results of this on Tuesday and if it is cancer they will start chemo straight away. Last night we discovered that she now has MRSA in one of her wounds. She still has a drain in and as far as she is aware this has not been changed since the operation 16 day's ago. My dad had prostate cancer a year ago and is having radium treatment at the moment. He has asked if he could catch the MRSA bug from mum as he is going through treatment he has been told no, could anyone tell me if this is right? Should my mum be in a side ward to prevent further infection and because it is in her wound can they get rid of the bug and if they can how long will it take and will it prevent any other treatment from happening if she does have cancer?

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mrsa does not have lasting efffects says nurse
Posted by hazel
Last Reply July 15, 2007 at 07:51
Started February 27, 2007
dear all,

i have been to an out patient appointment today and one of the nurses commented on how i looked,i told her i had never been the same since i had mrsa , she then tried to tell me that once the infection was gone you are recovered yeh right , for once my husband came with me and told her she was wrong ,why are health professionals so blind to what is going on are to admitt that it never fully goes away , god i felt like a fraud who was wallowing and that is something i have never done ,like most of us i just try to make the best of a bad situation.

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