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Tony Blairís Policy Forum 3rd February
Posted by NO MRSA PVL OR CDIFF THEN
Last Reply February 15, 2007 at 07:24
Started February 13, 2007

Health Scares

Minister Caroline Flint said that rising expectations presented a huge challenge: for instance, most people thought the state should fund all new drugs for all purposes. She repeated that voters wanted choice, though it was pointed out that unless there was surplus capacity, choices would be made by the providers or by lottery. The main problem, across the country, was that people felt deprived of choice and voice by threats to valued services, particularly maternity units, with patients and visitors facing long journeys, poor public transport and high parking costs. Caroline argued that specialist centres with experienced staff could give better treatment, and more services, such as blood testing and palliative care, could be provided in the community rather than in hospital.

There were concerns about the drain of private finance initiative schemes, excessive use of agency nurses, mental health losing out, and failure to join up social services, drug treat... read more

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MRSA is it safer to go privet
Posted by Laura
Last Reply February 14, 2007
Started January 29, 2007 at 17:24
I am due to go to an Northampton General Hospital keyhole surgery on my knee and am concerned about catching MRSA and am unsure weather to go privet or not please give any advice you may have

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MRSA
Posted by Steve
Last Reply February 13, 2007 at 06:52
Started February 13, 2007 at 06:52
My father at present has been in hospital for the past three weeks, he suffers with MDS and has blood transfusion on a regular bases. Last week my father had an infection in his blood MRSA this was due to a dressing not being changed for three days. In fact if I had not gone and complained to a nurse (who told me that she did not know he had a dressing on his arm). How long would it have been before this dressing would have been changed?
My father now has septic and a common cold can kill him.

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MRSA
Posted by John
Last Reply February 13, 2007 at 05:33
Started February 13, 2007 at 05:33
My family and I are being treated for MRSA. I have a few questions if someone can help me, how likely is it that we can actually be eradicated from it??? We are currently washing all of our clothes, towels, blankets, etc mutlitple times daily, using strong antibacterial soap and rubbing mucoprocin on our bodies two times per day as well as in our nasal passages. Myself, I am also on Levaquin but none of my other family members are. Are we just wasting our time??? Anyone have any thoughts??

Much thanks,

John

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MRSA Infection
Posted by Worriedman
Last Reply February 13, 2007 at 01:50
Started February 11, 2007
Does anyone have a list of MRSA infected hospitals here in the UK? A relative went into hospital and had major surgery. In intensive care they were infected with MRSA. The hospital claimed it is 'insignificant' and that such infection is commonplace. Not to believe everything reported in the press about MRSA and that it can be treated with antibiotics. When they first discovered the infection from a culture taken on a Trachea tube we were told they had no temperature and that it may not effect themt. Needlesss to say the following day they subsequently developed a temperature and a stomach incision wound became infected. They are doing their best to play things down, despite the relatives isolation in Intensive Care. They try and keep the MRSA infection low key and play down its significance to the patients recovery. Why didn't they administer antibiotics immediately on discovery of the infection. I read that in Scandanavian countries MRSA hardly happens as all patients are screene... read more

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vancomycin
Posted by debi
Last Reply February 13, 2007
Started June 7, 2006 at 11:07
with out going in to to many details at the moment iam trying to find out if anyone has had a very bad reaction to the drug vancomycin used to treat mrsa my family are involved in a dispute with a hospital and have a solicitor involved we have been told the reaction is rare only one person per 1.2 millon of the population would react in the way our famliy member did they dont acknowledge the fact had she not contracted mrsa she would not have needed this treament and

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TREVOR MCDONALD UNDERCOVER!
Posted by GLORIA
Last Reply February 12, 2007 at 20:18
Started October 23, 2004 at 17:51
In another posting on this site, Ruth has kindly informed me that this Monday (25th October), at 8pm on ITV, Trevor McDonald sends his team undercover in Britain's hospitals to see how dirty they are. Among the hospitals visited Ruth has told me that one is Oldchurch Hospital, here in Romford, which is where my Mum sadly passed away last week. Her death was not from MRSA, but the dirty conditions in there were disgusting, I have taken photos of some of them, and hopefully it was due to the vigilance of my family that she did not contract this disease. The Nursing Sisters were fantastic and very hygienic, but they were badly let down by their staff, many of whom had not the faintest idea of hygiene control, which we witnessed day after day. Whichever other hospitals are visited, I am sure there will be plenty in this programme to interest all of us.

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how is everyone
Posted by sharron
Last Reply February 11, 2007 at 02:20
Started January 26, 2007 at 18:11
hi there yes its sharron sorry i havent been on the forum for a while.Well its just to let yous now how i am getting on,i am doing fine still lsing weight slow very slow but its still coming of i was in hospital for another band fill last month and everything went well and yes i was screened again so thats seems to happen every time i go back to the hospital anyway how is everyone linda,bev, fay,mavis and philip,ans scott hope yous are very well i will email yous very soon i am due back in hospital in march again so i will let yous no how i get on and there was 1 thing i wanted to ask when you have mrsa and as you no it was nearly 2 years ago i had it but one of my scars keeps getting infected does this happen when you have mrsa i might be wrong i dont no thanks again
best wishes
sharron xx

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spam
Posted by Rob
Last Reply February 10, 2007 at 21:55
Started September 18, 2006 at 12:37
regulars to this forum will be aware of the spam its been bombarded by. the moderators do their best to keep removing it. most of it comes from automated spam robots. a system has been developed to remove this but it needs activating manually. this has now been setup so if you click on 'Start New Topic' it will run the spam filter. no new post is required, just click and return to main forum and hopefully the spam will be gone. so if anyone sees any spam feel free to try and remove it by the method. it wont remove it all but hopefully some.

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who will take responsibilty
Posted by sammie
Last Reply February 10, 2007 at 21:35
Started November 26, 2004 at 23:19
my sister died last year - mass organ failure cause of death, hard to believe when all she went into hospital in the first place was to have an operation on her broken leg. mrsa septisimia was the real cause, after contracting the bug whilst her stay in hospital the infection travelled - the worst of it, we thought, was over after having her leg amputated to stop the spread. But to no avail, to cut a very long story short she ended up having to have heart bypass surgery and never survived the operation.

How can a hospital state the cause of death as mass organ failure, she was 25 years old healthy - a life time ahead of her and a year old baby left behind without his mother.

My family arent looking for compensation - just someone to take responsibilty for this so called super bug and admit we have a problem in this country that needs to be addressed. Whilst I still mourn for the unexpected loss of my sister I just want some answers. Is there anyone out there who knows how thi... read more

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contact
Posted by MRSA Action UK
Last Reply February 10, 2007 at 15:34
Started January 17, 2007 at 10:00
The Trustees of MRSA ACTION UK will be discussing events that have led to the temporary closure of the website. In the meantime we will endeavour to bring the site back on line as soon as possible. We can still be contacted through

Email: info@mrsaactionuk.net

Tel:- 01623 556255

Registered Charity No. 1115672


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Infections
Posted by Sylvia Smith
Last Reply February 10, 2007 at 15:03
Started February 10, 2007 at 11:36
My partner was admitted to Hemel Hempstead hospital on 22nd january 2007 with Cellulitis,he went down hill on the 23rd with low blood presure53 over 40,and his Kidney's stopped working as well,on the 24th i visited as usual at 3.o.clock but went at 7 as he was sleeping on and off,but got phone call at 8 to say he wasn't well,i rushed back and he knew i was there but not once was i told how i'll he was,his eye's went into top of his head and went ridged,but still no-one told me what was happening,and he passed away at 1.05 in the morning on the 25th.On the death certificate they put it down to Sepsis and Cellulitis.so is Sepsis the same as Mrsa.I feel really angry with the hospital at the moment.

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Obtaining hospital records
Posted by Jenny
Last Reply February 10, 2007 at 10:19
Started October 28, 2006 at 11:07
For those who want to obtain a FULL set of records, you should make a request for information to the hospitals concerned under the Freedom of Information part of the Data Protection Act. The advantage of this is that, BY LAW, the hospitals have to send you all the information you request that they hold within 40 days. If they deliberately withold information (as they will if they possibly can - always the most important bits) they could be breaking the law. They know this. There is a small charge but it's worth it as you stand a much better chance of getting hold of the unabridged version of the notes. It's very easy to do, you just write, fax or email the hospital record's dept (or whoever deals with hospital records) stating that you are making a "subject access request" for a COMPLETE set of the patient's medical records. The website of the Information Commissioner's Office (just put in name and it will come up)has all the info or you can call them on 01625 545745. They are very ... read more

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MRSA in the Community
Posted by Joyce
Last Reply February 9, 2007 at 19:39
Started February 9, 2007 at 16:42
Can anybody put me in touch with an organisation who can advise me regarding MRSA. I have an elderly neighbour living alone who has been diagnosed with MRSA although she has not been in hospital recently. I help out with caring for her and having checked with my own Dr regarding any precautions was told "as long as I wash my hands you should be alright". I am concerned for her and myself that we are not inadvertently reinfecting ourselves and others.

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just saying hello
Posted by hi there linda
Last Reply February 8, 2007 at 23:19
Started February 8, 2007 at 17:09
hi there linda
how are you keeping hope everything is keeping fine how is your husband doing i hope he has kept his chin up so now for some good news my oldest boy who is 21 is going to be a daddy next month so that makes me a gran at the grand age of 37 not bad eh, no only kidding am really looking forward to it. I was just out today buying a pram for it and some other stuff i will keep intouch with you
sharron

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Mom has mrsa pneumonia
Posted by Julie
Last Reply February 8, 2007 at 19:53
Started February 7, 2007 at 20:04
Hi, I am from the US. My family and I moved in w/ my mother after my father died last April. She has metastatic breast cancer. She developed severe lung toxicity from Taxotere which caused pleural effusions. She had pleurodesis done 2 times on her right lung and I time on her left lung. Since then she continues to get lung infections and infiltrations, mostly her right lung. She has her second pneumonia now and it is mrsa. This sputum culuture was tested in January. Her sputum was not positive for mrsa in December. I worry because My daughter is three and I am not sure we are taking all the right precautions at home for infection control. Can someone please help us. Should my mom be wearing a mask? Should I be wearing gloves? Should I keep my daughter away? Mom is being treated with doxycycline for 30 days. Thanks!!

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I need my get up and go back!
Posted by Alye
Last Reply February 8, 2007 at 02:03
Started February 6, 2007 at 11:35
I have had 3 operations to reshape a very badly broken nose that happened 3 years ago. The second op was last year in July. The Gp told me I had an infection, gave me a tube of fuciden and told me to use it for 10 days and it would clear. No swabs were taken. I had several check ups after that and the infection was dismissed as being cleared. Since then I have felt nauseus, tired, and got every cold/flu bug going. I was a very healthy person before! My last op was on the 18th December. On the 16th jan the wound opening became septic and had to be drained. A swab was taken and MRSA was diagnosed. I am now on a cocktail of antibiotics and feel awful. I have taken more time off work in the last 8 months than in the whole of my working life (40 years of a good attendance record ruined!!) My family have been supportive but I think even they think that I am making it up when I dont feel like going out etc etc. Am I ever gonna get back to normal!!!

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Complaints
Posted by Maria
Last Reply February 5, 2007
Started February 3, 2007 at 18:46
Report of Healthcare Commission Ė spotlight on complaints
One recurring theme - Cleanliness and healthcare associated infection (extract)

1 February 2007

It covers the first 16,000 requests for independent review we received between July 2004 and July 2006 and highlights recurring themes and lessons learnt.

Top five issues raised in complaints about acute services
1. Safety
2. Communication/information to patients
3. Clinical treatment
4. Complaints handling
5. Patient experience (including cleanliness)

Around 5% (800) of cases related to the cleanliness of hospitals or infections acquired in hospital, such as MRSA or Clostridium Difficile. Often patients kept very detailed diaries of their experience in hospital. Some of the issues highlighted by patients were:
a) the failure of staff to follow procedures displayed in wards and treatment areas
b) quarantine arrangements not being clearly signposted
c) visitors not being challenged if they fail to... read more

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phage therapy
Posted by Robert Howes
Last Reply February 5, 2007
Started August 5, 2005 at 11:19
MRSA can be prevented or cured using anti-bacterial viruses known as bacteriophages. The web has all the information you need to follow this up. There are phage clinics in three countries, Georgia, Mexico and Poland, but not yet in Britain. The Novolytics company in Coventry produces phages from the phage genes in the bacteria itself, and might be able to help you, but they are not allowed to use their therapy in Britain until they get government clearance, which could take many years. Contact me, Robert Howes, on 01656 739 813 for discussion of how to speed up the process. I have already talked with my MP Huw Irranca-Davies, today 05 August 2005. You all need to go to your own MPs after you learn the basics from the wwweb. Be forceful, but polite. Make them look into it. If they become convinced about the value of phage therapy it might become available that much sooner.

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just wondering
Posted by hazel
Last Reply February 4, 2007 at 23:52
Started February 1, 2007
dear bev i have been scrolling through the pages and your artical on andy burnham mp struck me , do you live in leigh i myself live in atherton .

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