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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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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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treatmen
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
Hi,
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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Brother
Posted by Ann
Last Reply June 12, 2007 at 01:41
Started June 11, 2007 at 22:59
Hi
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 surgery...my worst fear! I had heard of MRSA and linked it with amputation...how 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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mrsa ???????? Advice Please
Posted by carol
Last Reply June 9, 2007 at 18:41
Started June 8, 2007 at 04:43
Hi To Everyone here. I have been so stressed out about this mrsa My mothe0inlaw was in the hospitol for 7 days came home now and I am so worried about getting this mrsa. I have Hypo Thyroidism Hashomotos Do any of you know if I could catch this from being around her do to the fact something about hashomotos people have weak immune system .or is it called auto immune system..... Thankyou

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Combating MRSA
Posted by Patrick O'Hare
Last Reply June 8, 2007 at 08:58
Started June 8, 2007 at 08:58
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c diff - is it the same as mrsa?
Posted by rachel
Last Reply June 8, 2007
Started June 7, 2007 at 20:33
Is c diff the same or similar to mrsa? My nan had c diff, after being treated for a chest infection. I was told it was common for her to get c diff (twice) as the antibiotics would cause her to get it. This all happened in hospital. She got it, got rid of it and got it back again. She died, however it was documented that her death was from a lung and leg blood clot. so, is c diff and mrsa the same or similar thing?

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confused
Posted by yamil
Last Reply June 6, 2007 at 16:46
Started June 6, 2007 at 04:32
hi i am 22 years old and 6 month ago i injured my left elbow when lifting a heavy dog, elbow got swollen etc whent to the doctor's they decided to give me ibuprofen and a cortison inj the site were the injection was given felt wired red,hot within 1 week. i ended up in to going back with a specialist doctor wich he did not know much about my injurie so the did a biopsy came positive for Staphylococcus aureus and honestly i do not know why and some say because of the cortison inj it might of cause me a bone infection ... really confuseee need some one that can konw about something about these pleasee thank youu

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Ethical dilemma MRSA
Posted by Helen
Last Reply June 6, 2007 at 06:50
Started May 23, 2007 at 14:02
Hello, I am doing research into an ethical dilemma concerning MRSA and patient disclosure for my course and I was wondering if I could get some advice, the case study I am working on concerns a patient who has been diagnosed with MRSA and has specifically requested that the staff do not disclose this information to any of his friends or family.
The dilemma focuses on the health professional who is stopped in the corridor by this patients friend who is inquiring why the patient is in isolation and why they have to wash their hands on leaving and entering the room, this health professional is aware the patient has MRSA but is also aware the patient does not want this information released, what should the health professional say while still remaining truthful and not disclosing the patients diagnosis?

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here is a good one
Posted by gordon downing
Last Reply June 5, 2007 at 19:45
Started May 11, 2007 at 12:35
i work in a small rural hospital, at present we have a mrsa positive patient who is supposedly on barrier. however the domestics spend more time in the side ward than the patient does, and last week she was taken to x ray in a taxi. how is that for infection control

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Primary Care Trusts given freedom to play God
Posted by Maria
Last Reply June 5, 2007 at 03:31
Started June 5, 2007 at 01:22
Another example of Primary Care Trusts being given the freedom to play God, based on some anecdotal evidence about smoking and MRSA. This is in my opinion another way of blaming the patient, after all we've heard it before, mum wasn't a smoker and I know of other victims who weren't, but she caught MRSA. I wonder whether the person who makes the decision about removing people from waiting lists in Norfolk sleeps well at night:

Smokers who won't quit denied surgery
By Nicole Martin (Daily Telegraph)
Last Updated: 12:01am BST 04/06/2007

Smokers could be denied routine operations on the NHS unless they quit a month before surgery. Health managers are considering the move after research showed that smokers take longer to recover from surgery and are more prone to hospital-acquired infections such as MRSA.

Although emergency surgery would not be affected, smokers awaiting routine operations such as hip and knee replacements could be refused treatment until they kick the habit... read more

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