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MRSA
Posted by jaan
Last Reply July 9, 2007 at 18:23
Started July 9, 2007 at 15:27
My dad has been in a rehab centre following his stroke in April. He has been complaining about tummy ache for days. The team took no notice...just kept rattling on about it being to do with his bladder control and that happens when people have strokes!! We were fuming....finally after days of ranting, they did some swab tests and took urine samples. The results arrived and guess what? He has proved positive for MRSA!!! Am shocked, upset and angry. Feel like telling the local papers abt it, cos my dad may have had a stroke, but he is still in control of his senses. If he says he's in pain in his tummy, then that means tummy, not bladder!! U hear abt MRSA...but we are really frightened......is he gonna be OK?? The Rehab centre are so defensive!! He's got it from them.......so what do we do now??



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info needed
Posted by Annie Evans
Last Reply July 8, 2007
Started June 25, 2007 at 23:02
I have been informed that i can obtain my late husbands medical records,does anyone know how much this will cost me,isnt it free under the freedom of information act,if so where do i go too get this information,can we get the info on the death certificate,health practises,cleaning routine in hospitals,can you screen the ppl,and get the info off all the nurses on the ward,and if not satisfied where else can i go,and from a pathology point off view,how long does the bacteria live in the body if deseased.if we needed the body off my late husband exhumed how could i go about this.

thank you for your help,any replies needed asap,and also the name off any good solicitors,,i live in the stoke-on-trent area.

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MRSA infection
Posted by Jo Andrews
Last Reply July 5, 2007 at 17:36
Started July 2, 2007 at 10:14
My brohter contracted a blood stream infection of MRSA in 2000. Since then he has had a number of surgeries and MRSA has been present. He has been treated successfully with Vancomycin.

Given this, does anyone know if it is the case that there is a lifelong risk of him contracting MRSA infection again and again?

He faces further surgery in the future - does the above indicate he is a carrier and is he likely to contract MRSA every time he has an operation?

Is is possible to get a blood or sputum test done in the UK to determine if he is a carrier? Does anyone know where?

thanks in advance for any info you can give me!

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help!!!!
Posted by stella
Last Reply July 5, 2007 at 17:23
Started July 2, 2007 at 22:07
My husband is going into hospital for major surgery in 3 weeks but i'm an mrsa carrier. What do we do?

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agoraphobia&mrsa.
Posted by ralph lennon
Last Reply July 4, 2007
Started August 24, 2005 at 01:40
In 1997 I was involved in a serious RTA.As I slowly recovered from my serious physical injuries it became apparent that I was suffering from PTSD.This developed into Agoraphobia and I have not left the house since then.About 9 weeks ago I had a recurrence of my 97. leg wound breaking down again.as per usual I contacted the district nurses who began to visit on a regular basis.However after a long period of treatment my leg was actually worsening and they decided to take a swab,the lab identified this as mrsa.I have had no visitors except for nurses and none of my immediate family are infected.I have noticed irregularities in the hand washing regime and would strongly urge anyone having their wounds dressed to insist upon hand washing before and after treatment.

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Advice needed!
Posted by prometheus
Last Reply July 3, 2007 at 01:09
Started July 1, 2007 at 01:34
I need advice on a worrying situation I've encountered at work. I am student who works at weekends in a Hospital as a porter. Duties include chemical waste and rubbish removal, we also deliver food to patients. We use a lift to carry out our duties, my worry is that we use the same lift for both chemical waste and the food trolleys! There is a lift designated to each duty but they use the same lift??? Im not an expert on MRSA but is this not an open invitation to infection or cross infection? Also who do I contact to raise this issue, Management dont listen so who can I go to?


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my baby has mrsa colonisation and now due op
Posted by Kate
Last Reply July 2, 2007 at 22:20
Started June 18, 2005 at 13:30
Can anyone help? My daughter was colonised (nose and throat) with mrsa during birth at St Mary's Hospital in Paddington, as was I (c-sect). She has a cleft palate and is now due for her operation. But as the site for the operation is where the mrsa is I am not sure whether to go ahead or not. GOS has said it will take preventative measures (bactorin and iv antibiotics) but there's no guarantee. Also, docs have said the mrsa might never go, so what should I do. I'd be very grateful of any advice or if anyone has had similar experiences. Thanks.

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Filthy Fans
Posted by John
Last Reply July 2, 2007 at 21:39
Started June 18, 2007 at 22:18
Can someone explain how one of the most deplorable and filth ridden items in hospitals are the hundreds of extractor fans in each hospital, thick with coatings of obvious germ ridden muck which are extracting filth into areas surrounded by Wards,Departments etc etc.Next time you are looking out from Ward Windows see for yourself what total long term neglect is given to extract systems which emit into all other area`s of Hospitals.You will be shocked and amazed at this gross negligence by the maintainance staff and the Administrators who take no notice of what is clearly visible and a serious threat.

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MRSA - 'we've got to do more about it'
Posted by Ruth Wollacott
Last Reply June 30, 2007 at 13:04
Started June 27, 2007 at 07:29
Daily Mirror 27th June 2007

IN the final hours before he takes over as Prime Minister Gordon Brown has taken time out from his helter-skelter schedule to meet a special panel of Mirror readers and personally answer YOUR concerns.

And Mr Brown, who becomes our Premier today, immediately made THREE promises to YOU on GP cover, tackling MRSA and creating affordable housing.

The Chancellor pledged to "renew the NHS" as one of his priorities. He said: "Over the last six or seven weeks I have had time to listen to people about their experiences of the health service.

"One issue raised a lot is that they can't get access to their GPs at the weekend. People have busy lives and need to have access to a GP at the weekend."

And on the superbug MRSA he vowed to make hospitals set up isolation wards.

Mr Brown continued: "This is a huge issue. If you can isolate someone in a room quickly you reduce the risk of spread of infection."

ALEX Wollacott's brother was infected ... read more

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MRSA - test for carrier status
Posted by Mary
Last Reply June 28, 2007 at 16:33
Started June 25, 2007 at 15:24
Hi, I may be overly paranoid but want to find out what to do in this case: I have been living with/caretaking a woman with MS who has MRSA in at least her bladder (if not in her sinuses too.) I was not told of this and found out accidently. I have handled her urine soiled sheets without gloves, and had skin contact with her. I have never had a skin lesion or any major illness during this time of exposure but I am a part time nanny and the mom is expecting soon. Do I need to get a culture done to see if I am a silent carrier? If so, would it be a nasal culture? Also, I am concerned about the 3 teens here who have taken care of their mom, including emptying her catheter bag without gloves. Should they be tested? Thank you, Mary

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MRSA
Posted by cara
Last Reply June 26, 2007 at 03:58
Started June 26, 2007 at 03:58
My father was found to have a very high growth of MRSA in his lungs. It actually went untreated for at least 4 days until the antibotic arrived in the nursing home. The next morning he was found passed out with a temp of 103. He ended up in the hospital and then had a reaction to his antianxiety drugs and developed a temp of 107. This has drastically sent him down hill. I blame the lung doctor for not administring an IV antibotic immediatly when the lung infection was found. he is now back in the same nursing home and they have found MRSA high growth in his lungs, but they say that it is colonized so they will not treat it. Just because it is colonized it is not going to be treated? Doesn't that mean it will never go away, doesn't it have to be treated to go away.

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advice plssss
Posted by Annie Evans
Last Reply June 25, 2007 at 22:42
Started June 25, 2007 at 15:26
my husband died last year,his death certificate was completely false,on the things he said was the cause off his death,i know it was mrsa,but is it too late and where do i start,too be able too prove this.
Thank you for any help which you can provide,

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MRSA - Just Found Out
Posted by Diane
Last Reply June 25, 2007 at 17:56
Started June 22, 2007 at 21:51
My mother was just admitted to the hospital and they tell me she has MRSA in her urine. After a 5 day stay, a different nurse said "due to her long history or MRSA in her urine". What long history? Like I said, I just found out about it 5 days ago. What do you think is going on?

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MRSA in the news
Posted by Nancy R.
Last Reply June 25, 2007 at 15:21
Started June 25, 2007 at 15:21
Just had a friend send me this today. What an eye opener!

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/chi-mrsa25jun25,1,1355761.story?coll=chi-newsnationworld-hed&ctrack=1&cset=true

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'We will improve hygiene' - Gordon Brown
Posted by Ruth Wollacott
Last Reply June 25, 2007 at 07:18
Started June 25, 2007
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/politics/article1980518.ece

In his first speech as party leader, Gordon Brown promised to heed and lead the call for change.

Patients should get treatment at hours that suited them, there should be action to improve hygiene in hospitals, en-suring that patients were treated with dignity and a wider range of services, with more power in the hands of patients and staff.

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MRSA sputum
Posted by Marlen
Last Reply June 25, 2007 at 01:47
Started June 22, 2007 at 15:04
I have Bronchiectisis and Rheumatoid Arthritis. I am on Colomycin nebuliser twice a day for some bug. I have had a meeting with my Rheum Consultum re MRSA in lungs he is worried as I am on anti TNF for my rheum and a side effect is lowering immune system. He was in touch with the microbiologist and he has suggested I take Rifampicin 600 mg daily and Doxycycline 100mg. daily for 2 weeks. Will this eradicate MRSA? I think I am colonized not infected although I have had a lot more chest infections recently. I did not have it 2 years ago as I was tested before going thru an operation to replace knuckles on my hands. I look after my grandchildren 2 days a week they are 1 and 4 years old. I am careful not to leave tissues or anything and keep my home as clean as I can. I wash my hands often. Even though its difficult for me to lift my 4 year old, I instil in her the need to wash her hands after going to the toilet as do I.

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MRSA patient at home with children
Posted by Lisa
Last Reply June 24, 2007 at 23:23
Started June 24, 2007 at 22:55
my mother in law has uncurable bowel cancer and MRSA and is now in hospital with septicema and is very sick. I want her to move in with us if she is discharged again but I have a one and a three year old and concerned about this infectious disease around them. Do you think we could all live together without any danger?

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MRSA/Implnted devices/pls READ!!
Posted by Meredith
Last Reply June 23, 2007 at 16:52
Started June 23, 2007 at 16:52
I have just returned home from an LA hospital where FINALLY,
after a YEAR with a MRSA infected pacemaker, the pacer was removed. The interventional cardiologist, a very kind mn, said it was a horrible infection...the worst pacemaker infection he had ever seen in his long career. I am on Dapto (Cubicin) and Rifampin, with Doxic. to follow. I think maybe I have a chance to live. This message is to say the following...to SCREAM it if necessary. MRSA AND IMPLANTED DEVICES ARE A HUGE PROBLEM! The bacteria go straight for the pacemaker or the artificial hip or the rod in the spine or whatever. They hide there, away from the antibiotics. So if you have a device and MRSA, get to an Infectious Disease Dr. and tell him or her you want the device out. It will kill you if they leave it in.
My best to all of you fighting this problem,
Meredith

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How do you know if you have MRSA?
Posted by Vanessa
Last Reply June 21, 2007 at 22:20
Started June 21, 2007 at 22:20
How do you know if you have MRSA? I'm 18 years old. I would like to have my own kids in the next 10 years or so. Will my Future kids have it, if I have it?

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MRSA
Posted by Bradin
Last Reply June 21, 2007 at 21:40
Started June 21, 2007 at 21:40
I probably have Mrsa From close contact and would like to know if time gets rid of it, or if it lies dormant until you get sick like the flu or something and will it like floor you then??

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