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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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MRSA in prison
Posted by Simon
Last Reply June 1, 2007 at 20:10
Started June 1, 2007 at 15:18
I work in a prison. If a prisoner has MRSA how should he be managed, considering he will have access to all areas of the prison, work, association with other prisoners and staff, etc
How should he be searched as there are occations when moving throughout reuires the prisoner to be searched, will the accomodation retain the MRSA once he has vacated and for how long

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MRSA - Questions
Posted by John
Last Reply May 31, 2007 at 21:54
Started May 31, 2007 at 20:08
My Dad recently passed away and as his only child I am now beginning to regret not asking more questions when me and my Mam got the chance whilst he was in hospital. The only question I had at the time was 'is he going to get better?' and it's only now a few weeks later that the questions are starting to pop into my head.

My Dad went in to hospital for a heart bypass on 23rd April, the operation was a success and he was allowed home on 1st May. On 5th May he was readmitted with the infection which we were told on 9th was MRSA.

I will probably have more a questions as time goes on but at the moment I just have a few that someone may be able to help me with...

1/ When my Dad was originally admitted for his op. I have been told he tested negative for MRSA. I don't understand how he was sent home, would he not have been tested again before being discharged?

2/ We have only been issued with an interim death cert and an inquest has been opened. Will I have to wait for the find... read more

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infection without surgery?
Posted by Traci
Last Reply May 29, 2007 at 17:49
Started May 29, 2007 at 15:10
2 weeks ago my mother went into hospital(in Canada) with breathing problems associated with COPD. Long term affects not certain but she now needs to move to a 24 hour care residence. 2 days ago she tested positive for MSRA and was moved into isolation. She has no open wounds but was catherized. I am told they are not treating her and want to get her into a facility as soon as possible. Yesterday when I visited she seemed fine. Should I expect some thing to happen? Will her health decline further from this bacteria? I am sort of feeling like they are trying to pass this problem onto someone else. Should I be seeking outside help? Any advice appreciated here.

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help your body fight the MRSA naturally
Posted by Laurie
Last Reply May 27, 2007 at 19:43
Started May 24, 2007 at 17:53
My husband has had MRSA since 2002 (postop infection in hip replacement) His surgary is next month and we are hoping that the ues of some natural remedies might help. He is now taking an alicin supplement, olive leaf extract, and grapefruit seed extract, and colloidal silver. The idea is to build up the immune system and to make the body an inhospitible environment foe the MRSA. The grap fruit seed extract changes the PH balence in your body which makes the slime barrier degrade that is protecting the infection. Anyway, check it out for yourselfs because I am bergining to think that using both nateral and conventional therapies may be the answer to this antibiotic disaster the world is seeing now.

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Last Reply May 26, 2007 at 11:44
Started May 25, 2007 at 21:37

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Water kills MRSA?
Posted by Cathy
Last Reply May 24, 2007 at 02:01
Started May 24, 2007 at 02:01
Hi all, (crossing the "pond" to say hello again)

Take a look at this. It sounds good:

I am glad to see that science is exploring products that bacteria won't mutate against. That is the only logical answer in dealing with MRSA.

Free for a year! Praise God!
This product helped us through a horrific crisis with MRSA
MRSA info and updates available on our site:

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Vaccine Looking Promising
Posted by Cathy
Last Reply May 22, 2007 at 18:05
Started May 21, 2007 at 15:30
Hi all,

Just came across this recent news report regarding a possible vaccine for MRSA.

Personally I have a hard time believing that this would work since there are so many different strains of MRSA and that most if not all vaccines have been for viruses.
I hope I am wrong.
We are celebrating our family's one year anniversary free of any symptoms of CA-MRSA.
You all know me by now and how strong my opinions are towards throwing antibiotics at an antibiotic resistant infection.
Take care everyone, Cathy

Free for a year! Praise God!
This product helped us through a horrific crisis with MRSA
MRSA info and updates available on our site:
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Posted by shaz
Last Reply May 22, 2007 at 04:34
Started September 21, 2006 at 17:08
i have just started as a healthcare assistant...i got peoples homes and make sure they are comfortable change their urinary pads etc...i have just been told that 1 lady has mrsa and that i have to sit and talk to her, i have to wear protective clothing ie: a plastic apron and vinyl gloves at all times...can i catch mrsa this way? i am asking this as im only 17 and just learning...thanks to anyone who responds to this

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Hospital Advert
Posted by Alastair McAlpine
Last Reply May 21, 2007 at 22:30
Started June 25, 2005 at 10:17
Want to put some of your anger into doing something positive about the current infection problems in hospitals?

This monday, (27.06.05), I am making the first advert of many, which are going to be shown in hospitals to encourage better hygiene practice amongst visitors, staff, and patients.

If you want to participate we are filming this monday and looking for anyone interested in being an extra or even playing a main role. We are filming in a hospital near Bromley and everyone is welcome.

Contact me on 07813752530 and do not be afraid of being on camera just imagine the headlines,

'People affected by HAI's do something positive and start to turn things around.'

If you are interested call me or reply to this as soon as possible.

Thank You

Alastair McAlpine

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