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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
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/articles/news/news.html?in_article_id=467606&in_page_id=1770

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

http://society.guardian.co.uk/print/0,,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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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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