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Wound infection treatment
Posted by Emma G
Last Reply March 24, 2007 at 12:56
Started March 15, 2007 at 19:32
PLEASE HELP!!!

Hi there, I was wondering if you could help me. My brother has been out of hospital for a month now following a bowel operation. He has been very unwell and his wound has been passing a lot of fluids. He has been to the doctors alot - well now they send someone to the house as he is too unwell to make it to the surgery. He was first told he had a `little infection` and it was nothing to worry about and traeted with flucloxicillan. The doctor arrived about a week ago and let slip that he was mrsa positive in his wound, which they had found from hospital tests (so have known about for over a month). They`ve given him folic acid to help as they said he`s heading towards anemia, other than that they`ve given him nothing to treat it. I cant understand how this can be right. The local nurse came out and said she is appalled by his lack of treatment and said she`d check things out but has still not been back to us. Sorry this is getting a bit long,,, but what I r... read more

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hospital cleanliness
Posted by graham
Last Reply March 22, 2007 at 21:29
Started July 14, 2004 at 12:44
Hospitals around the world (including 3rd world) look after their patient welfare and cleanliness when using the toilet by providing a Paper Toilet Seat Cover Dispenser in each cubicle.
One of the most difficult places to keep permanently clean must be the Toilet Seats. Patient after patient after patient, sitting on the same seats one after the other is probably the most unhygienic act constantly performed every few minutes in hopitals throughout the UK. The toilet seat must also be the easiest place to pick up (and pass on to others) germs, bacteria and super-bugs such as MRSA.
Unfortunately UK Hospitals do not provide their patients or their staff with this simple toilet protection, so extremely effective in the struggle to stop the transfer of BUGS from one patient to another and from one ward to ward.
YET, without any major capital expenditure, Paper Toilet Seat Covers and Dispensers from just 3p per day are easily available here in the UK. So if you are 'In the Know', who ... read more

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flushable toilet seat covers in hospitals
Posted by steven bradley
Last Reply March 22, 2007 at 19:13
Started March 21, 2007 at 22:45
I would like to ask the public and more so ladies if you would feel better to see flushable toilet seat covers in hospital toilets , with the bugs and bacteria we are so scared of . At a cost of a penny a sheet can we afford to have them , if America can have them in all there loo's are we missing something ?, www.shsuk.com a good place to visit .

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clean hospitals!!!!!
Posted by hazel
Last Reply March 20, 2007 at 12:26
Started March 19, 2007 at 20:47
dear all,
i spent all day yesterday in royal bolton casualty department with my husband, i must say it is was without a doubt the muckiest place i have been in a long while. the skirting boards looked not only grubby but full of dust and not just a couple of days dust. are there ever proper inspections done i know it was sunday but there was used stuff on the floor like cotten wool with blood on it .i still cant belive after all the hype in the media at the moment things like this are still happening
i would like to add my condolances to josie and her family for the loss of their mum i live near wigan as well but i avoid rae if i can

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Concerned what to do to help a relative
Posted by Lord Piggy
Last Reply March 19, 2007 at 19:39
Started August 15, 2005 at 11:07
I am concerned what to do to help a relative who has contracted MRSA at home, and is not getting good enough treatment (in my opinion) via NHS system. No hospital treatment has been offered and doctors not giving much useful help/advice. He reamins very ill at his home.

1) When patient touches something (food, wood, metal, clothes etc) is that item then contaminated?

2) Is MRSA airborne?

3) How long is incubation period?

4) How should infected wounds be treated? (other than silver)

5) What is best protection when in contact with infected patient?

6) If inanimate objects do carry MRSA, do you need to clean them etc. If so, How? Is it just with anti-bacterial solutions?

Any help/advice and answers to the above questions will be greatly appreciated.

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mrsa on mattress
Posted by Adrian
Last Reply March 19, 2007 at 19:35
Started March 18, 2007 at 21:34
Hello all, my wife had a baby by section and her wound burst open in bed and infected fluid came out onto the mattress.Then we found out she had mrsa.she semms ok now after a stay in hospital.the question is is the stain from fluids on the bed likely to have mrsa on it after 1 week? i would be greatful for any help.
Thanks

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latest from BBC website
Posted by Rob
Last Reply March 17, 2007 at 22:18
Started February 24, 2005 at 13:02
latest news from BBC new website... "NHS superbug death rate doubles"

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/4293765.stm

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Is this your MP?
Posted by Namer and Shamer
Last Reply March 16, 2007 at 22:56
Started March 16, 2007 at 21:50
All of the MPs listed below defeated an early day motion to bring about significant changes to the healthcare system whereby we would see a turn around back to the 1980s when we had the same Search and Destroy policy they have in the Netherlands. All these people do not believe we should have the same safe standards that everyone can rely on if they fall ill in the Netherlands, in alphabetical order these are the MPs who don't care about us or our loved ones:

Abbott, Ms Diane
Ainger, Nick
Ainsworth, rh Mr. Bob
Allen, Mr. Graham
Anderson, Janet
Armstrong, rh Hilary
Austin, Mr. Ian
Bailey, Mr. Adrian
Baird, Vera
Balls, Ed
Banks, Gordon
Barlow, Ms Celia
Barron, rh Mr. Kevin
Battle, rh John
Bayley, Hugh
Beckett, rh Margaret
Benn, rh Hilary
Benton, Mr. Joe
Berry, Roger
Betts, Mr. Clive
Blackman, Liz
Blackman-Woods, Dr. Roberta
Blears, rh Hazel
Blizzard, Mr. Bob
Blunkett, rh Mr. David
Borrow, Mr. David S.
Bradshaw, Mr. Ben
Brennan, Kevin
Brown, Lyn
Brown, ... read more

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mrsa - preventing cross contamination
Posted by lee
Last Reply March 16, 2007 at 11:33
Started March 16, 2007 at 11:33
recently found a web site for a new company who have developed anti-microbial / biocidal products to help stop cross contamination from door handles and push panels, looks like a brilliant idea as apparently a large portion of infection is due to hand transferance , why are these products not used when so many people are contracting mrsa, surely it would make a big dent in reducing the spread

look for your self http://www.safe-touch.co.uk

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my mum
Posted by joe
Last Reply March 16, 2007 at 02:56
Started March 14, 2007 at 12:38
please can anyone give me some advice my mum is in hospital in wigan we have been told that she has mrsa and is in a side ward ,we know she does not carry the bug as all her pre op swabs came back clear ,she is very poorly and we have been told to expect the worse ,we are sick with worry i want to put in a complaint now but my sister wants to wait to see what the outcome will be , as the oldest i am my mums next of kin my dad died a few years ago, should i go ahead with a complaint or wait like my sister says
please help if you can

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Why does healthcare commision take so long
Posted by sharon
Last Reply March 14, 2007 at 23:45
Started March 14, 2007
My dear mum died in agony in Blackpool Victoria Hospital 15 months ago. She had an emergency double bilateral leg amputation (horrific enough) and then contracted mrsa through the abysmal hygiene practices at the hospital. She had started to make a recovery and then caught mrsa. She was nursed on an open ward, was treated worse than anyone with any compassion would treat an animal. She was ignored when she cried out in agonising pain, was confused - her whole body became septic. She was not even afforded the basic need of palliative care whilst waiting to die, dripping with sweat they would not allow her a fan to cool her (because of infection risk to other patients), yet could not afford her the dignity of a side ward.She was left in the hands of nursing staff who simply didn't care enough to make the effort for her, the hospice staff were not available untill Monday 9am (this was friday at 6pm). The hospital denied at first that she had contracted mrsa in her leg wounds and then a... read more

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FRIDAY IT IS THEN!!!
Posted by GUJ
Last Reply March 14, 2007 at 11:54
Started June 26, 2006 at 13:54
Hi All
Just a quick update on things....Had a call from the police with regards to my dads "falsified" DC.They have a meeting with the CPS lawyers at 9am this friday...Sooooo,fingers crossed that the CPS will find the courage to take action against the hospital!!!....
Take Care All
GUJ

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Newly contracted MRSA
Posted by W Kelly
Last Reply March 13, 2007 at 15:55
Started February 18, 2007 at 21:43
Hi All, Looking for some advise. I am just out of hospital after getting a hernia repair following a gallbladder operation last year. On my discharge letter it stated I had contracted MRSA. I was only told I had an infection when I was still in hospital.

I was originally on vancomycin (apologies for the spelling - hope you know what I am talking about) through a drip. It was then decided I was well enough to come home with antibiotics called DOXYCYCLINE which are making me ill every evening I take them but I am persevering.

Has anyone heard of these and are they an effective cure? I have a friend who has open sores from breast cancer and chemo and the district nurse we share has asked me to stay away which I will do for her health.

Any advice would be gratefully received as I am lost as to where to go next.

Thanks


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Arnica
Posted by steph
Last Reply March 13, 2007 at 02:48
Started March 12, 2007 at 23:28
Just a thought...
A friend of mine had a knee op and took the homeopathic remedy 'arnica' in pillule form. It aids tissue repair. The nurses looking after him said they'd never seen a wound heal so fast and with so little redness or bruising.

The sooner the wound heals, the less chance of infection.

I bought some homeopathic remedies from Helios Pharmacy tel 01892 536393 (for my dog!) and it was only about £5 including postage and arrived the following day. They will advise as to what dose you would need.

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Activated Oxygen
Posted by Jay C
Last Reply March 12, 2007 at 22:57
Started March 12, 2007 at 22:57
Has anyone tried this treatment as it is advertised? Does it work? We are desperate as yet another major operation looms - as a result of infected wounds from the last operation.

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mrsa
Posted by jean
Last Reply March 12, 2007 at 22:28
Started March 12, 2007 at 21:22
okay so in december i was diagnosed with the mrsa virus, and since have been fine. i just found out today that it has colonized in my nose. what does this mean? it will be weeks before i can see a specialist and like a lot of others this just takes a huge toll on my body physically and mentaly. i feel like i just cant wait that long to get answers, everyday is a struggle emotionally. any answers?

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Guidelines from HPA
Posted by a concerned health worker
Last Reply March 11, 2007 at 17:53
Started March 11, 2007 at 15:08
For information about MRSA/C.diff look at the Health protection Agency website, especially the Standard operating procedures. It's a bit technical but gives a background to the bacteria and recommends how investigations should be carried out eg how specimens should be collected etc. You may find it useful. i may be able to answer any queries you have about the info it contains.
BSOP10 and 29 will be especially of interest.

http://www.hpastandardmethods.org.uk/pdf_sops.asp#Bacteriology

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Please help us, our baby died x
Posted by Davina Greer
Last Reply March 11, 2007 at 15:59
Started March 9, 2007 at 12:19
Can anybody tell me anything about MRSE? We had never heard of this before until researching it. It appears in articles very often with MRSA. One of our triplets died in Aug 06 of Staphylococcal Epidermis after being treated for about 10 days with every type of antibiotic they had, and even some trial ones. We have since researched this and we believe he had the Methicillan Resistant strain, therefore MRSE. Now what do we do with this information, no procedures were followed at the time, such as wearing of gowns and cloves, which we have since discovered is what should happen. We chose not to have a post mortem at the time. We are in the process of getting his notes. Please help us, where do we go from here? We feel we have been mislead as at the time the Doctors told us it was just one of those things with premature babies, that he didn't respond to the treatment. So if he hadn't of been cared for in this hospital he might never have gotten this deadly infection. (we were transferr... read more

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HPA findings
Posted by Bev
Last Reply March 10, 2007 at 16:07
Started September 14, 2005 at 10:40
Europe's super-bug problem


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Hospitals which make heavy use of antibiotics are among those most likely to be plagued by MRSA infection, according to new findings.

Two kinds of antibiotic in particular, macrolides and third generation cephalosporins, seem to trigger the spread of MRSA, according to research coordinated by Britainís Health Protection Agency.

Some 300 hospitals across Europe were studied for the research, reported to the HPAís annual conference at Warwick University.

The study, known as ARPAC or Antibiotic Resistance, Prevention And Control Project, also confirmed that having good infection control measures helped to limit the spread of MRSA.

These included the screening of staff for infection, controlled wearing of gowns and gloves and the use of alcohol-based disinfectants.

Professor Barry Cookson, who helped run the project for the HPA, said: "
"In addition ... read more

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mrsa
Posted by sarah
Last Reply March 8, 2007 at 16:55
Started March 7, 2007 at 13:35
hi am doin a project in college on mrsa and i am wondering if you have to have a specific diet or take any kind of vitimins to help recover? could u answer and let me know please

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