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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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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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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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mrsa and dialysis
Posted by vincent isaac
Last Reply June 4, 2007 at 17:16
Started May 26, 2007 at 12:14
Do we need to isolate and condenm one dialysis machine for a patient with mrsa on dialysis?

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Biogun kills MRSA
Posted by Jonathan Copus
Last Reply June 3, 2007 at 13:23
Started May 5, 2005 at 12:05
The electronic microbicide made by my company Dentron Ltd (called the 'Biogun') kills MRSA on skin using a stream of electrically-charged air. This may sound like science fiction, but check out our website ( for the results of a pilot study on diabetic foot ulcers colonised with MRSA at Manchester Royal Infirmary, and details of lab tests at the PHLS and the Surgical Materials Testing Laboratory. The Biogun has been used by chiropodists for 15 years, mainly for verrucae, athlete's foot and fungal nails. But basically it seems to kill all bugs on conductive surfaces such as skin and dentine, including resistant strains. We got a Government grant for the MRSA pilot study and we're currently looking for funding to do further research at Manchester. Until that happens the MHRA won't allow us to make claims about MRSA - though the Biogun is a fully-certificated medical device for lots of other conditions. I know this looks like a commercial plug (and it is!) but a membe... read more

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Posted by emma
Last Reply June 3, 2007 at 08:11
Started June 3, 2007 at 08:11
this is in the papers today. my mum didnt smoke and ate a helthy diet but she got MRSA. this is awful, is this another ploy to blame us for MRSA?

PATIENTS who smoke will be forced to QUIT fags for a month before they can be given routine surgery. Hospital authorities across the country are quietly drawing up the shock new rules, which apply to non-emergencies such as hip ops and some hysterectomies.

Health Secretary Patricia Hewitt has handed all primary care trusts the right to impose "perfectly legitimate" restrictions.

An estimated 500,000 smokers a year are likely to be affected. They will be offered pills, nicotine patches and counselling to help them give up. But they will also have to take blood tests to PROVE they've kicked the habit or wait for surgery. Trust bosses say patients who stop smoking make better recoveries and are less prone to infections like MRSA. The new restrictions will be phased in over the next three months and, by the end of the year, every... read more

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MRSA and natural suppliments
Posted by laurie
Last Reply June 2, 2007 at 16:42
Started May 29, 2007 at 20:34
My husband just started taking Allimax along with grapefruit seed extract, olive leaf extract, and colloidal silver to help get his immune system functioning at the optimal levels before his surgary in june. He has been fighting MRSA since 2002 that he got after his hip replacement. He has had it come back 4 different times and this time it moved from the original hip (right hip) to the other one that he never had any problems with (the left hip was replaced back in 1998). I don't know if these suppliments will make a difference but I feel like it can't hurt to get proactive in any way we can because it sure seems like the usual route,(vancemicin/riframpin) has not worked yet for us. They are removing all the hardware from my husbands left hip and leaving it out this time for good. We hope that the suppliments will help his body get rid of the MRSA for good. I will keep you informed.

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Posted by pat
Last Reply June 2, 2007 at 14:34
Started May 30, 2007 at 19:24
i am a home help and today ive been told one of my homehelps has mrsa i also go in to other ppl should i still be going in to visit ?

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MRSA - Casual Approach
Posted by Tony
Last Reply June 1, 2007 at 20:23
Started June 1, 2007 at 10:01

Recently I have seen the most appauling care of a major Stroke Patient.....note I use the word Patient, not Customer!

He survived the stroke but during his recovery he was moved to a bed which had recently been vacated by a MRSA victim.

At the first visit after the move, it was obvious that the area immediately around the bed had not been decontaminated. Needles (Sharps in medical jargon) where just lying around; the Patients table was dirty; though in a plastic tub, dressings were open to the world as the top was off.

The Patient, my Father in-law, now has MRSA.

Most of the Nursing Staff, are anything but. It seems that the only REAL Nursing done, is performed by foreigners; our Nursing (British) qualified to the eyeballs, are only insterested in climbing the "greasy pole" as quickly as possible!

1]. The Hospital is as "dirty" as it gets. What ever happend to the "Reception"?

2]. From an Health & Safety perspective, who actually knows how many people are in... read more

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