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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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Advice on MRSA
Posted by Dave
Last Reply July 14, 2007 at 18:58
Started July 14, 2007 at 16:15
I have just found out that my dad has MRSA. He came out of hospital about 2 months ago. He has been told that he has MRSA in the nose and on his heel. The medication he is taking is Mupirocin-nasal ointment for his nose and an anti-septic wash for his hands. The concern i have is that my mother had heart surgery a year ago and I have a sister-in-law who is pregnant. My understanding of MRSA is very limited and would like more knowledge as I am concerned for my mother and sister-in-law.

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Brother has MRSA.
Posted by Lesley
Last Reply July 13, 2007 at 19:52
Started May 17, 2007 at 10:43
Hi just found this site. My brother is in hospital and has had major surgery for a perforated bowel. He has now been told that he has mrsa in the groin area. We are still in shock about it as the hospital doesn’t seem to tell us much. We are extremely worried it will spread to the wound area. Can any one please tell us any information?
Can anyone please tell us what the after effects could be.
Thank you Lesley

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I'm a scared Mom who has questions
Posted by daygroomer
Last Reply July 13, 2007 at 15:59
Started July 12, 2007
My teenage daughter was diagnosed with MRSA. I had never heard of it, but they told us it would go away. It was so painful for her they had to cut it open and drain it and pack it with gauze. It was horrible to watch my daughter go through this. they told me with the antibiotics it would go away. Now it's back literally overnight. She woke up this morning with painful marble size hard lumps in her groin and armpit and on her butt. We had sanitized everything. It was about two months ago that she had the first outbreak. She has never been in a hospital, doesn't play sports. It is a complete mystery how she contacted this. Now they are saying she'll never get rid of this. How is that possible? What about having Kids? Her boyfriend went to the Dr. today too and discovered he had one also. Is she just destined to be a typhoid Mary? She's 17 years old. Is she going to die from this? She is so scared she wants to wash with bleach!! They told her not to touch her face s... read more

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MRSA & Clostridium difficile
Posted by Annette Matthews
Last Reply July 12, 2007 at 20:15
Started April 28, 2007 at 06:32

My 89 year old mother, was admitted to a South Wales hospital just before Christmas last year, suffering from dehydration.
By 4th January, we were told that Clostridium difficile had been found in the bay of the ward where my mother was being nursed and that all the patients there would be barrier nursed. My mother subsequently developed the infection.
On 26th January, we discovered that she also had the MRSA infection in a bed-sore that she had developed.
Eventually the whole bay was closed and my mother was transferred to a Nursing Home, still with both infections. She was unable to eat sufficient food and her condition deteriorated until she had to be re-admitted into hospital on 20th March.
By 31st March the pain caused by the Clostidium difficile and from the wound, became so intense that she had to have morphine administered regularly, by a syringe driver.
My mother eventually passed away on 12th April, after suffering unacceptable... read more

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photodynamic thearapy
Posted by linda mccafferty
Last Reply July 11, 2007 at 17:56
Started July 11, 2007 at 17:56
Dear all , i came across an article in the Scottish Sunday Post regarding Photodynamic Thearpy (PDT) it has the potential for future treatment of MRSA has anybody heard of it ?

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That should do the trick
Posted by Ruth Wollacott
Last Reply July 11, 2007 at 16:31
Started July 11, 2007 at 16:31

Unveiling 22 new Bills for the autumn, the Prime Minister...

"Health and social care Bill

A new watchdog will oversee efforts to improve hygiene and standards in NHS hospitals to curb the MRSA bug and make services safer."

Perhaps the new watchdog will suggest that the existing advice furnished by the Health Protection Agency be implemented in an effort to curb the MRSA bug and make services safer - reduce bed occupancy to a maximum of 85% and watch infection rates fall.

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Hygiene Code Inspections
Posted by AFW
Last Reply July 10, 2007 at 18:09
Started July 9, 2007 at 15:11
This is an interesting read,,330158464-105965,00.html

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clostridiun difficle
Posted by Kristine Plant
Last Reply July 10, 2007 at 16:19
Started September 7, 2006 at 16:38
My Dr. has suggested that I may have this bacteria because I am a caregiver and I've also been flying back east to care for my Mother who has Lung cancer. Iv'e done blood tests and am turning in lovely loose stool samples today.How is this treated? Can I pass it on to my patients, or Mom, Son, or Husband?

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Cancer and MRSA
Posted by Sharon Moore
Last Reply July 9, 2007 at 18:31
Started July 9, 2007
My husband has been diagnosed with secondary bone cancer which is obviousley a great shock to us both. But he has now got a evergrowing sore on his knuckles which started out as a small nick. I know his immune system must be low but am concerned this may be MRSA as Flucloxacillin seems to be making no difference. I am worried about his cancer but is this another problem I should be more concerned about?

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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 he gonna be OK?? The Rehab centre are so defensive!! He's got it from 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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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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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 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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