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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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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!,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

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 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,

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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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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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did my mum have mrsa?
Posted by gillian mackin
Last Reply June 19, 2007 at 18:24
Started June 19, 2007 at 13:02
hi my mum had cancer and had a ileo-transverse bypass but her wound got infected i took her to hospial where i was told the infection was to far gone so i took her home only hours later her intestines split out of the wound she had an op but was left with an open wound which smelt very bad a week later was taken back back to hospial very ill and was taken to a hospice so they told me for pain relieve and would be back home 6 days later they tell me the whole in her belly has gone gangreen inside out and she would die in the next few hours if the cancer didnt take her first septicaemia would but her death was recorded as cancer so i had a post-mortem and he made no record as to the gangreen whole in her belly do u think she had mrsa???

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Posted by Concerned
Last Reply June 15, 2007 at 13:28
Started April 27, 2006 at 17:32
Is there any way to get rid of MRSA?? Money is not a factor. It has been present for over three years, and is still active (causing sores (like boils) on the legs), though not quite as bad. are there any "home remidies" to control it that actually work? is there any new medical treatmen whether intravienous or otherwise that could cure it?? A fifteen year old girl does not deserve to be self concious of herself because her legs have scars from the infection, and worse yet, continue to have boils arise. so is there ANY options that could at least control the boils??
willing to try anything.

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dry heaves
Posted by Carol
Last Reply June 13, 2007
Started June 9, 2007
Hi my sister has mrsa was in the hospitol for 7 days is home now and had dry heaves. Is that from the mrsa? or maybe antibiotics??????Thankyou?

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MRSA prevention through design
Posted by Andy
Last Reply June 12, 2007 at 23:31
Started February 12, 2005 at 13:33
I'm a Product Design student in my final year. For my major project i have chosen to tacle the serious issues surrounding MRSA. I am designing an informative, hand washing and infection control area specificly for hospital visitors. The aim is to re-educate people on the importance of regular and correct hand washing, especially in a medical enviroment. I am keen that this product be as realistic and achievable as possible. At this stage in the design process i am trying to research around general hospital hygene methods which are aimed only at visitors. I would really appreciate all the comments, encouragement, thoughts, tips, hints, information and links any readers may have.

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mrsa in africa
Posted by folashade ogungbemi
Last Reply June 12, 2007 at 07:35
Started June 12, 2007
united kingdom is a country who has a high standard and level of health and safety still lives are lost due to poor hand hygiene. what can be said of africa a nation which his level of health and saftey in his hospital is nothing to write home about.i am from africa and unfortunately people in africa are not aware of mrsa. i went through the internet and i could not find anything relating to mrsa and africa. so many people in africa do not have access to hospital facilities so they tend to treat their own wounds or injury at home. this sort of home treatment will definetly expose people to mrsa

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Posted by Ann
Last Reply June 12, 2007 at 01:41
Started June 11, 2007 at 22:59
My brother has got lung cancer and went into our local hospital 2 weeks ago, he has now caught an infection they don't seem to be able to clear as well as a chest infection. He seems to sleep all the time and does not have any energy or life left in him. He has been in and out of hospital twice over the last couple of months, they give him a couple of units of blood and then he seems fine and comes home. This time it has been different.
Could it be possible that he has MSRA or could it just be an infection.
I thought MRSA could only be caught if you had some sort of open wound??

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MRSA in neck surgery
Posted by Roz
Last Reply June 11, 2007 at 04:36
Started June 5, 2007 at 04:10
I had spinal cord compression as a result of having Rheumatoid Arthritis, I had a specially made metal brace fitted and contracted MRSA during worst fear! I had heard of MRSA and linked it with could they amputate my head? Noone answered that question.....I spent nearly 9 weeks being barrier nursed and on 2 different IV antibiotics,the antibiotics made me feel worse and I couldn't eat and had to be fed through a nose tube. I was on antibiotics for over a year and have been left physically worse off now...but I got through it. So there is hope!! There are lots of issues concerning MRSA I would like to discuss as I feel it isn't taken as seriously as it should be with some staff! I have other joint surgeries to have to consider in the future and would welcome thoughts from others...Thanx

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