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MRSA Risk or No Risk?
Posted by Carol
Last Reply January 21, 2007 at 15:22
Started March 25, 2005 at 22:33
I visited my other half today and was told he has MRSA in his line which delivers medication to him intravenously. He has already had Vancomycin and they are now giving him something else. I have been in contact with him naturally and although I am fairly confident of my hand washing I can't help but worry. I have just had my gall bladder out and have been exposed to him for 4 1/2 weeks. I did not visit him in hospital until my wounds were closed but can't help but worry whether I may have contracted it myself! I most likely have been in contact with his bodily fluids as he bleeds on the skin often. Can any one offer me any advise? Are there any smptons I should be looking for myself?

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mrsa & employment
Posted by confused & worried
Last Reply January 18, 2007 at 18:04
Started January 17, 2007 at 23:48
My husband had an op in july and has had several swabs since then, he was told he had "an" infection about 2 weeks after he left hosptial.
We run a pub and restaurant, he frequently cooks in the kitchen. Our GP is aware of what he does for a job but we have only been told today - 17th Jan that he has MRSA. He was only told because he asked if he had MRSA.
He's had months of pain and discomfort, along with a very busy Christmas period. Should the doctor have told us that he had MRSA when they knew he dealt with food CONSTANTLY?
We are now very worried that we are going to lose our jobs and our home (we live where we work).
Should our surgery have done something about this rather than keeping us in the dark. I'm very confused and understandably worried. Can any one help me please?
Thanks

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MRSA Action UK website
Posted by Phillip
Last Reply January 16, 2007 at 22:03
Started January 7, 2007 at 12:16
What's happened to the website, you can still get to the dedications

http://www.dedications.mrsaactionuk.com/

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Have I got MRSA?
Posted by Amanda
Last Reply January 16, 2007
Started January 15, 2007 at 19:50
I recently went into hospital for day surgery and 4 months later my wounds still haven't healed. They did swabs and they told me that I have Staphylococcus aureus and that if antibiotics do not clear it up, it can turn into MRSA.

5 lots of antibiotics, 4 months later and I still have the infection. So does this mean I have MRSA? I just feel I need to know, because I've got a little girl of 2, and I'm worried about it!

Help! Amanda

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Website
Posted by MRSA Action UK
Last Reply January 15, 2007 at 01:05
Started January 14, 2007 at 13:05

The Trustees of MRSA ACTION UK will be discussing events that have led to the temporary closure of the website. In the meantime we have endeavoured to bring the site back on line which can be found at http://www.mrsaactionuk.net/

Please note some of the links may not be functioning as the site is undergoing maintenance.

We can be contacted at info@mrsaactionuk.net

MRSA ACTION UK
Registered Charity No.1115672




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Cross Contamination the Answer?
Posted by Tony Bramley
Last Reply January 14, 2007 at 14:34
Started January 11, 2007 at 06:42
Copy of Letter Sent to Local Press:

It is of no surprise to me that we have several hospital wards in Essex closed due to infections between staff and patients, following a year where my own mother spent time in hospital and contracted an infection due to the poor standards of personal hygiene in the wards.
I think I can speak with some credibility as several years ago I passed the advanced Hygiene Course for Managers under the Institute of Environmental Health Officers banner.

Staff at hospitals seem to think that antibacterial jel is the answer to general hygiene and I witnessed several areas of concerns when visiting my mother.

I am appalled at one particular practice throughout the hospitals. This is the the taking of patients pulses through a finger clip. This clip is not cleaned, sanitised or even wiped, yet goes from patient to patient. If ever there was a high risk of contamination then this must be the number one as patients hands/fingers are a high source of co... read more

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MRSA and hospitals
Posted by <+batgirl+>
Last Reply January 14, 2007 at 14:15
Started January 5, 2007 at 15:11
does the idea of catching MRSA make you worried about going to hospital? because ive read what you have all put and most of you have caught MRSA whilst in hospital. does this make you worried about visiting again?

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hospital bug? ill for life?
Posted by sara
Last Reply January 14, 2007 at 14:06
Started January 11, 2007 at 14:14
do you ever get healthy again after having a "hospital bug"???, can you lead a normal life? or can you infect your partner if you have had a "bug"?


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Puzzled
Posted by Pam J
Last Reply January 11, 2007 at 16:04
Started December 16, 2006 at 09:33
My husband has just been rushed into horpital following a bi-lateral hip replacement in July - he's 57 - they have told us he as Group b Stepholococus and is now on Vancomycin and Benzil penecillin. He's not at all well. As I never get to see his doctor can anyone tell me - is this MRSA or not!

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compo
Posted by wayne
Last Reply January 11, 2007 at 10:04
Started November 30, 2005 at 15:48
has anyone succesfully managed to claim against anybody, i caught mrsa when i was only 29 ,and have a big chunck of my left leg missing making life very hard . i am now 33 and tired of nothing being done!!!!

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MRSA
Posted by Tony Kitchen
Last Reply January 11, 2007 at 08:12
Started July 29, 2004 at 18:46
My story is as follows:- In Auguet 2000, I fell from a height whilst at work, landing hard on the concrete floor of the warehouse. I had a compound fracture of my tibia and fibula. The ambulance paramedics stabilised me at the scene of the accident and I ended up in the local A&E. After 12 hours wait, I was taken to the operating theatre for a 14 hour operation to fix my broken ankle. Fixators were used internally and externally on my ankle. I came to in one of the wards with my wife next to my bed, two days after the operation. I still had on my filthy clothes, from the time of the accident. I had not been washed either.
Some days later I was transfered to another hospital for micro surgery on my ankle.
I had two major muscle grafts, which did'nt take. My body was rejecting my own muscles. Because these muscle grafts were unsucessful........I ended up having my lower left leg amputated. I was in severe pain, nauseous,and generally feeling ill all the time. The amputation area was... read more

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merry christmas
Posted by linda mccafferty
Last Reply January 8, 2007 at 03:56
Started December 22, 2006 at 19:56
Dear All, i would like to wish everybody a lovely christmas ,i know we will all be thinking of our loved ones who have past.and that if anybody needs our help and support this year we are here .i was very grateful to you's all last christmas....... GOD BLESS

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Rise in compensation claims
Posted by Scot
Last Reply January 5, 2007 at 12:19
Started January 5, 2007 at 12:19
News

MRSA lawsuits ten times higher than previously thought
04 January 2007

By Gregory Roumeliotis

New released figures show a rise in the number of MRSA-related compensation claims, raising questions as to whether the threat of litigation can be used as a policy instrument to pressure the NHS on infection control.

The NHS Litigation Authority has revised the number of cases involving healthcare-associated infections covering the period of April 2002 to March 2006 from seven to 68. It has also revealed that 5m was paid out in damages and 3m in costs during this time.

News of the payouts was welcomed by injury lawyers who are now using health and safety laws to hold the NHS accountable on MRSA. This is made possible because Control of Substances Harmful to Health (COSHH) regulations, that require employers to control exposure to hazardous substances to prevent ill health, also cover biological agents such as bacteria and other micro-organisms.

Precedent was ... read more

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Strange problem with skin
Posted by davemitrr
Last Reply January 5, 2007 at 03:00
Started January 5, 2007 at 03:00
Hello people,
I have problem with my skin. I know it's very widespread and there're many methods of treatment but I need your advice.
I'm young man. I have a strange kind of acne. Strange because I've tried many methods to clear my skin with no result.
It's very important for me to make my skin clean and healt.
Do you have such problems?
What kind of remedy do you use? And what about result?
Can you suggest me treatment which will be efficient for my skin?
I'm really need your practice for it!

Thx,
Dave.

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mrsa in sinus
Posted by louise
Last Reply January 3, 2007 at 01:25
Started January 2, 2007 at 21:39
please if you have any information about this please forward

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Hospital Lists ?
Posted by Jill Walker
Last Reply January 2, 2007 at 19:25
Started October 30, 2006
Is there a list that names the hospitals in the U.K. that have had a case or cases of MRSA or Diff.C. or conversely one that is of the hospitals that have never had a case or case up until now ?

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MRSA infections in specific hospitals.
Posted by Muriel Taylor
Last Reply January 2, 2007 at 19:23
Started January 2, 2007 at 13:33
I am due to have foot surgery next week. I have tried to locate specific information/statistics relating to MRSA infection in the Royal Oldham Hospital - without success. Is there a web site which will gives specific information about specific hospitals?

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MRSA and my 1 yr old
Posted by Nichole
Last Reply December 28, 2006 at 19:50
Started December 28, 2006 at 03:18
I have had MRSA for 2 years. THe doctors won't do anything to get "rid" of it. Just keep giving me bactim and doxycycline and it doesn't work only temporarily. I have the most painful breakouts randomly. Well my dad caught it months ago and ended up in the hospital for 6 weeks because it got in his blood. I'm constantly sick anymore...but its not in my blood...or at least it wasn't before. Now my 1 1/2 year old daughter has it and has had 2 abcessess and a couple small ones and is in terrible pain now. They are putting her on bactrim but it didnt get rid of it compltely before, what will be diffrnet this time? I'm going to a new infectious diesese specialist tommorow because my PCP dr. is tired of dealing with my MRSA. I'm at a loss of what to do!!! I'm tired of this and I don't think my daughter should have to deal with it either! Any advice?

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mrsa in leg
Posted by john laffey
Last Reply December 28, 2006 at 11:59
Started December 28, 2006 at 11:59
I went in for surgery on right leg on the 20th of nov 2006.
the surgery went well,but when i went back 2 weeks later they noticed a red pstch thst was weeping.so they took some swabs and it came back +3 mrsa.
the problem is that over the last 4 weeks its eaten in to my leg,what started as a red patch is now a hole that you can put 3 fingers in.
the nurse has been coming to dress it every 2 days and i have been on antibiotics with no effect.
I went the doctors today and now they are worried because how deep it is,i think its in case it gets in to my joints or my blood supply.
the hospital should have swabbed me 3 times before the op but they only done it once,i was the first one on the list so i must have caught it in theatre or on the ward.
the told me about the swabs after the op so i think some one is at fault for not doing their job,i have suffered from blisters on my neck and have a chest infection which i cant shift

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So much for promises on MRSA reductions
Posted by Derek Butler
Last Reply December 27, 2006 at 10:10
Started December 26, 2006 at 19:28
Hospital infections 'kill 10,000 a year'
By ANDREW LEVY

Last updated at 21:00pm on 25th December 2006

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