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Posted by sivia
Last Reply February 23, 2007 at 21:45
Started February 10, 2007 at 20:20
Hi All
In november 2005 i had a stomach operation to repair a large hernia. My bowel was perforated during the operation but repaired.After the sutures were removed one week later the wound started leaking lots of red liquid. After a few trips to a&e they finally on xmas eve of 2005 took me seriously.
On xmas day they cut the wound back open with no anaethsthetic and on new years eve i developed blood poisoning.
The wound was left open for 7 months to heal itself and was cleaned and packed daily. I never want to go through anything similar ever again. the physical and mental scars still remain.
MRSA was not diagnosed until january 2006 and i feel so let down by the medical profession.If anyone else has suffered similar please reply thank you

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My son has CF and has contracted MRSA
Posted by Michael
Last Reply February 23, 2007 at 21:35
Started February 21, 2007 at 21:09
My son who is 25 has had Cystic Fibrosis since birth and has been in and out of hospital most of his life. He has been in and out of hospital more over the last year and half with chest infections. He was admitted again this week into hospital with another chest infection which he had to be put back on oxygen. It was not until he passed some sputum and was sent to the lab, and it has come back with the MRSA superbug. Can anyone give me any information on the seriousness of this to a CF patient.

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Starting to get worried!
Posted by Kerry
Last Reply February 23, 2007 at 10:20
Started February 23, 2007
Hiya all
i was just hoping for some advice and reassurance.

I had my 4th child by caesarean section on the 3rd October 2006, 3 weeks post natal i thought my wound was completely healed until one part started to go red, it was painful, smelt and started to ooze pus with a tint of blood. i went to the doctors who prescribed anti biotics, i finished the course and thought the infection had cleared, until two weeks later it opened via a small hole and oozed again. I tried another antibiotic but it didn't work. The hole closes over and the abscess or whatever it is fills up with pus then reopens releases the pus the closes again over and over again, It is red around the 'exit'hole and smells and it's painful. The doctor told me it would heal on it's own, the last time i saw him he said i would have to be referred back to gynae (which is has a 5/6 week waiting list for appointments)as it hasn't healed.

It concerns me that i still have an infection (nearly 5 months later) and no... read more

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sent away with mrsa
Posted by john
Last Reply February 23, 2007 at 08:33
Started January 30, 2007 at 14:04
has any one had mrsa and the hospital has not pick it up after blood test ect,and sent you home.or can you have mrsa and it can not be pickup with tests.

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Posted by ZAHIDA
Last Reply February 23, 2007 at 06:36
Started February 19, 2007 at 21:04
HI , My daughter who is 3yrs old is a carrier of the MRSA bug, she seems to be well one day and the next she is really ill. I mean she was so well on friday and on saturday she developed spots which to me looked like chicken pox, i took her to the hospital and found out that it is impetigo(severe skin infection), she cant seem to get away from this mrsa it is causing her to have infections after infections. Is there anything else that i can do for her, as she is always ill and in alot of pain.

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C. difficile
Posted by Margaret Stoll
Last Reply February 23, 2007 at 06:07
Started August 27, 2005 at 12:43
Interesting news item yesterday that another organism - C.difficile - has actually affected more people than has MRSA! It is even more difficult to eradicate - as it's a spore-bearing organism the spores can resist ordinary cleaning, sterilising with heat etc. They also resist alcohol hand-rub although they can be dealt with by thorough hand-washing (and how often do you see that happen in hospital?)

The over-use and misuse of antibiotics over many years is implicated in the spread of C. difficile as well as in that of MRSA. Which is what I was told by our senior tutor when I was a student nurse back in 1957 - that there would one day be a 'super-bug which could prove intractable' the likelihood was known 40 years ago.

C. difficile also mainly affects the over-65s. Well, I am 70. On 19th October I'm due to go into our local NHS Trust hospital at Southend to have a second revision of left hip replacement. For the past few weeks I've been very careful what I eat. We'... read more

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mums recovery
Posted by Emily
Last Reply February 21, 2007 at 19:16
Started February 21, 2007 at 01:50
hi linda ,
just to let you know how my mumis she is doing so well that her next appointment is 12 months.thankyou so much for your advice i think this was key in her doing so well, it isnt just mrsa it is all the other infections around as well , but taking simple precations can help greatly
thanks keep well

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mrsa and tx
Posted by suzanne
Last Reply February 21, 2007 at 01:42
Started February 21, 2007 at 01:42

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Posted by suzanne
Last Reply February 21, 2007 at 01:25
Started February 19, 2007 at 01:04
Is mrsa in your bloodstream and or lympnodes if you have been diagnosed with mrsa?

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meeting targets
Posted by Hazel
Last Reply February 20, 2007 at 20:15
Started February 18, 2007 at 02:51
dear all ,
i have just been checking on how some of the hospitals are meeting targets in reducing mrsa, i was gob smacked to find out that the hospital i am treated at has under acheived by 58.06% and my surgeon wants me to have more surgery i dont think so i am so annoyed , i know it is a very large hospital but i think they need to brush up their act .

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Posted by denise
Last Reply February 20, 2007 at 12:23
Started November 12, 2005 at 21:25
my mum has been told she has MRSA i,m just finished chemo and i,m not sure if i should be visiting any one know what i should do.thanku

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Posted by suzanne
Last Reply February 20, 2007
Started February 20, 2007
any response to my comments last eve.

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I don't believe it!!!!!!
Posted by Alye
Last Reply February 15, 2007 at 20:50
Started February 15, 2007 at 19:03
As reported in a previous post I had an operation on my my nose at the London Clinic to rectify previous ops on a very badly broken nose. This last op was on Dec 18th 2006. I was diagnosed with MRSA on 16th Jan 2007 and have since been having treatment for same. I returnned home tonite to read my post and found an invoice from the same said clinic for £49 for Pathology swabs and tests!!!!!!!! Are they having laugh or what!!!!!!! I will be phoning them tommorow and believe me ..the air will be blue!!!!!

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MRSA barrier nursing
Posted by suzanne
Last Reply February 15, 2007 at 17:55
Started February 9, 2007 at 16:55
Hi all,
im a student nurse in the manchester area, and im doing a research project on barrier nursing, i want to know how people who have been barrier nursed felt about being isolated. I would be grateful of your comments, i nursed and spoke to a patient who felt isolated and as she said like a lepar

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Tony Blairís Policy Forum 3rd February
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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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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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,


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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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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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