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Posted by ANNE GILES
Last Reply April 29, 2007 at 22:45
Started July 17, 2004 at 15:57
I have to attend the Phlebotomy Dept. at Mayday Hospital in Croydon once a month for a blood test. The room is tiny and crowded, hot and lacking in ventilation. The patients are usually quite dirty (this is the slummy area of Croydon) and the hospital is riddled with the MRSA bug. The staff tap each patient's skin prior to inserting the needle and go from patient to patient doing the same, without ever washing their hands. In the past alcohol wipes have been used to clean the area where the vein is - now they are no longer used. Should I report it?

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Recovered from MRSA
Posted by Bill H.
Last Reply April 29, 2007 at 09:44
Started April 28, 2007 at 21:08
I'm 48 and I've been hiv+ for 22 years. I've never had any serious health problems until two years ago, when I came down with a painful boil on the back of my neck. It was no bigger than a dime and my doctor put me on antibiotics. It was lanced, tested positive for MRSA, and cleared up after a week.

Two weeks later, I had this awful pain in my left leg with fever and was admitted to the hospital. The MRSA had gotten in my blood stream and settled in my knee.

I had fevers of 105 for nine days and wanted to die. It was truly awful. I started improving and was kept on Vanco for five weeks. A few months later I came down with a bad case of pneumonia, (don't know if it was mrsa). After three months, that finally cleared up with antibiotics, then I was diagnosed with kidney cancer.

I had the bad kidney removed, and fortunately, didn't need chemotherapy.

That was a year ago and I've had no more mrsa or major problems since. I suffer severe fatigue alot of the time, but so do o... read more

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farcical infection control
Posted by gordon downing
Last Reply April 28, 2007 at 13:37
Started April 27, 2007 at 14:13
i work as a cleaner on a hospital ward, at present we have a mrsa positive patient, who is in a barrier room. however while the domestic staff follow strict barrier procedures while cleaning the said room, and indeed the ward in general. the medical staff allow the patient to wander around the ward and mix with other patients as if nothing is wrong, the ward in question is a geriatric ward, so the patients here are vulnerable patients, it kind of macks a mockery of the whole barrier procedeur

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A new way of Reducing Superbugs?
Posted by john Richardson
Last Reply April 27, 2007 at 09:07
Started February 13, 2007 at 20:16
Whilst studying, and qualifying in, Pharmacy some thirty years ago, I well remember my first microbiology lecture when we were told that the most dangerously unhealthy place to be was in hospital. Why ? Because they are constantly maintained at body temperature, which is an ideal environment for viruses and bacteria to thrive and multiply. It seems that this is still the case today.

I also learnt during my studies that lowering room temperatures could dramatically reduce bacterial and viral growth, with resultant drop in spread and infection rates. Again, I assume this still to be the case.

Why then are these principles not being recognised in the battle against MRSA and other potentially lethal bugs that are rife in today's hospitals. I can understand that certain areas such as operating theatres and intensive-care wards may need to be maintained at body temperature, but why, do the rest of the wards, waiting areas and building need to be maintained at such stifling t... read more

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Posted by Jessica
Last Reply April 25, 2007 at 23:21
Started April 13, 2007 at 02:46
i got mrsa about 2 years ago due to using drugs...i was hospitalized about 6 or 7 times because i would stop using just enough to have it gone but would later return...finally i gave my life back to the church and have been clean almost a life was great...i restored my family relationships with my mother and father...about 3 weeks ago my dad started get bumps on his face...i said it looks like mrsa he went to the doctor they said they were cysts. so the gave him antibiotics and they went away slowing i felt bad i knew it was mrsa and i prayed it would just go away and my dad didnt have to go through that...mrsa is awful and painful..he later got a foot infection by jumping on a shovel too hard...the doctors said it was just a really bad bruise and may be sprained...the swelling got worse and puffy and red and i told my dad you have a mrsa infection you need to go to the doctor....doctors said no its not gave him more pain pills and antiotics...finally the pain got so bad a... read more

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Last Reply April 25, 2007 at 10:04
Started February 8, 2007 at 22:50
MRSA Action UK
Registered Charity No. 115672

Notice of First Annual General Meeting to be held at:
Anthony Collins Solicitors
134 Edmund Street
Birmingham B3 2ES

On Saturday 10th March 2007
2.00 pm 5.00 pm

Guest Speakers include Phil Barnes and Daniel Bennett QC to talk about MRSA and Health and Safety Legislation

This meeting is open to the public

MRSA Action UK is the only UK-based charity dedicated to helping people affected by MRSA and other healthcare associated infections. We work with various government agencies and patient groups to lobby for change to eradicate preventable healthcare infections and make the healthcare setting safer.

We are seeking to elect a new Board of Trustees at the Annual General Meeting in March 2007. Working as a team, Trustees will be responsible for setting the strategic direction for the Charity.

MRSA Action UK welcomes nominations from those who can make a positive contribution as regards publicity, fundraising, m... read more

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Mrsa 2nd time
Posted by Janet
Last Reply April 23, 2007 at 17:18
Started April 22, 2007 at 18:05
Hello l have just found this site and l am so glad. l have a indwelling catheter and in Dec tested positive for MRSA and now l have another urine infection and was told last Friday that l have MRSA in my vagina now. l am so worried as l am due to have a supra pubic operation on the 30th and my urologist said he will still go ahead with the op.
Do you think this is ok, l am also a diabetic so far l haven't been given any antibiotics to get rid of this and l have bad cramps in my stomach.

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Posted by teresa kalkas
Last Reply April 23, 2007 at 09:07
Started December 26, 2004 at 23:57
no my husband is dead because of mrsa you can email me at

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MRSA Support Annual General Meeting
Posted by Tony Field
Last Reply April 22, 2007 at 19:04
Started February 19, 2007 at 06:21
MRSA Support Annual General Meeting. Saturday 21st April. 10.30am - 4.00pm.

Formal business for members only 10.30 - 11.30am. Public session from 11.30 onwards. Guest speaker Cathriona Molloy, Leader of Patient Focus. The patient support charity for Ireland.

Members, guests, and the public are welcome but please contact Tony Field or Anne Johnstone for tickets as space is limited. Contact details on website

The venue is The Hub (Community Centre) Vicarage Road, Kings Heath, Birmingham.

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Newly Diagnosed and confused
Posted by Shell
Last Reply April 20, 2007 at 22:47
Started April 16, 2007 at 14:18
I had a boil that in 24 hrs developed into a large abscess, I was running an extremely high tempreture, chills, flu like symptons, I went to my local doctor who sent me to my local hospital, within 4 hrs I was in surgery having it drained under a general anasetic, I was sent home with antibiotics, within a week another boil had appeared then another, all in the same area, then another appeared in a completely different spot, I returned to my local doctor who prescibed more antibiotics, on return to the hospital 2 weeks later for check up the surgeon informed me that I had contracted MRSA gave me a script for another antibiotic and sent me on my way, the paper work says meth-res.S.aureus - profuse ..... I've tried to research it but only seem to be getting more confused ...... I'm a mum of 3 small boys and really need to know as much as I can .... I have so many questions ....Is having this bad ? are my boys safe ? Is my risk of other infections higher now ? anything you can tell me ... read more

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Top 'n' Tail of Linen
Posted by Anominous
Last Reply April 19, 2007 at 17:53
Started April 14, 2007 at 15:32

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Ruth & Others: Need Your Help On US forum
Posted by ladyk
Last Reply April 18, 2007 at 20:08
Started April 17, 2007 at 14:00
Ruth & Others: Need Your Help On US forum

Dear Ruth and others who are vastly informed about MRSA carrier-colonized-infected status, could you please come to US forum and weigh in with factual information. I have tried to set the record straight to no avail, and Im concerned seeing repetitive misinformation. I could really use your help and input please.

I started a new topic thread due to seeing misinformation like the following...

-vanco is NOT effective for decolonization

-There are patients that do vanco and may never have another break out, but they are still decolonized.

-The ID, who is the chief of infectious disease at a huge hospital, states that he has had patients decolonize, and that the vast majority of his patients, when practicing this regiment, have never had mrsa breakouts return, whether they are decolonized or not.

-everyday FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE, in the morning and in the evening, take a q-tip and put bacitricin ointment on it

Reply ... read more

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Posted by cliff
Last Reply April 15, 2007
Started April 14, 2007 at 21:33
anyone know how long mrsa can hybernate in the body before it comes to light? i have had a water infection on and off for months somtimes my gp has treated it and sometimes not but last week i was told i had mrsa in my bladder this begs the question how long does it take to surface as mrsa, as i have had no hospital treatment for 9 months also i have a bad chest i have read that to could be mrsa in the lungs any information would be great. thanks

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fear of 2nd mrsa
Posted by laura
Last Reply April 14, 2007 at 02:30
Started April 12, 2007 at 01:33
I have a 13 year old Daughter who has a spot on her ankle that looks like a bite that is infected. Last year she had two bad infections on her belly that looked just like what is on her ankle. The doctors told me it was from bacteria she carried in her nose and scratched an open wound (tiny wound) and gave her antibiotics and a topical cream. She was alerigic to the initial antibiotic and it took a long time for her to heal. It left scars. I am trying to find vido or photos of this ugly infliction so I can compare. i am taking her to the doctor 1st thing in the am. I want to to know more about mrsa, please help.

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MRSA death
Posted by Sam
Last Reply April 12, 2007 at 19:53
Started April 12, 2007 at 16:11
My grandfather was admitted to hospital in December for removal of a small cancer in the bowel. Following internal bleeding, he had to be operated on a further three times in three weeks. He was intensive care. In the next bed was a man with MRSA. Days later, over the New Year period, we were informed he had MRSA. We were told that it was the 'least of his problems' and that it would be treated with antibiotics. We were told not to worry, and to discard the 'media hype'. The infection was suspected to have entered his body through the lines from medication and fluids in intensive care. Eventually, grandad started to get better, although at least three other patients in intensive care had now by this point contracted MRSA. Grandad was moved to a ward, where he was kept in a seperate room. He was not given any treatment for the MRSA at this point, and seemingly was beginning to recover. Seven weeks ago he started complaining about an ache in his neck and shoulders, making it difficult... read more

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Infection Prevention and Control Event
Posted by Sarah Kemm
Last Reply April 12, 2007 at 09:27
Started April 12, 2007 at 09:27
Subject: Best Practice: Infection Prevention and Control
Share Innovative Ideas and the Latest Developments for Reducing MRSA and C.Difficile

Date: Thursday 5th July 2007, Thistle Hotel, Manchester

Summary: Urgent action is required to control the growing problem of Clostridium difficile infections and manage MRSA, so dont miss out on this event which will address:

The National Picture Captured: Where is the DoH going? How will the Government Directives impact? What has the Healthcare Commission learnt from their investigations? Whats the reality of reducing MRSA and C. difficile?

Scientific Development vs Trust Practice: focusing on C. difficile, MRSA and ESBL, the importance of scientific research will be compared to the reality of Trust implementation taking you from the research bench to the wards.

Innovative and Practical Approaches: master the best approaches for training and changing attitudes and behaviour. Share new ideas on how to tackle problems an... read more

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ruth wollacott
Posted by linda mccafferty
Last Reply April 11, 2007 at 22:04
Started February 27, 2007 at 23:55
Dear ruth , how are you ? hope everything is alright with you and james , i see you have not been on for a while, i hope everything is alright with your house etc, etc as i know this must have been a worry to you , i just wanted to post to say how are you ,i hope you can replie ruth and let us know you are ok . hope to hear from you my best wishes .

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Out patient infection control
Posted by kerrygold
Last Reply April 11, 2007 at 11:09
Started September 29, 2006 at 13:10
I am a long-time patient at the heamatology day unit at basildon - I attend for treatment on a regular basis and am finding in more and more worrying that the staff on the unit go from patient to patient to take and give blood without cleaning their hands (they do not wear gloves for their own protection either). Does anyone know if that is standard procedure or are they ignoring the rules?

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MRSA infection
Posted by Anthony
Last Reply April 6, 2007 at 21:39
Started April 5, 2007 at 17:00
My 83 year old father has been in hospital for various ailments since February. He has had a bout of pneunomia -which seemed to have been cleared-up. However, we have now been told that MRSA has been found in his sputem. Is there a way to discover if he has recently been infected or hosted the MRSA for some time?

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Giving Birth With MRSA
Posted by Maddy
Last Reply April 5, 2007 at 14:51
Started April 3, 2007 at 15:05
I have been diagnosed MRSA positive in a surgery wound which has been ongoing for about six weeks now. After antibiotics and washes and creams there is still no improvement.
I am due to give birth in 6 weeks. If I still have MRSA then, could it be a risk for my baby? Will any tears get infected also? Will I be isolated from the other mother, or even my baby? I have asked my nurse but she doesn't seem to know and I'm getting more and more worried as my due date approaches.

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