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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 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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mrsa carrier
Posted by Diane
Last Reply February 2, 2007 at 11:36
Started February 2, 2007 at 11:36
I need some help or advice, I am scheduled to have an ilizarov frame to straighten tibia previosly fractued, then to have a knee replacement, unfortunatley when swabbed I was found to have mrsa colonisation in nose. I previously worked as a nurse for 30 years also have spent a great deal of time assisting elderly father(now 92)who has just had pacemaker fitted, I cannot avoid contact with him( he also has mrsa in both legs due to circulation difficulties, and ulceration)please can anyone give me any advice

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Career Nursing
Posted by Derek Butler
Last Reply January 30, 2007 at 02:42
Started November 23, 2006 at 01:04
Unhealthy career moves

The rise in MRSA - because everybody wants to be a diagnostician and nobody wants to wipe bottoms - is just the tip of the iceberg, says medical student Alex Thomas

Tuesday November 21, 2006
SocietyGuardian.co.uk

One of the major joys of a modern medical education is this thing called IPE - Inter-professional Education. For a couple of sessions in your first term student doctors are taught alongside dentists, nurses, radiographers and physiotherapists. The point being that since we are going to be working in the same environment we might as well start now in school.
My year is no exception to this. We were recently treated to a presentation from a patient who contracted MRSA while in hospital. This chap clearly had an axe to grind and most of his arguments were bafflingly contradictory.

But we can afford to forgive him quite a lot: as a result of the MRSA infection he contracted in hospital he had to have a section of several inches of bone cut... read more

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need a pep talk
Posted by Hazel
Last Reply January 30, 2007
Started January 25, 2007 at 19:51
hello everyone i am trying to decorate my living room at the moment and so far it has taken me almost a week and a half and im still only half way through it. this job before mrsa took two days from start to finish, i didnt realise just how much an effect this thing has had on my body ,im so tierd but cant sleep my gp wont give me anything to help ive tried herbal to no effect ,i have always been such a strong person but i sat and cried the other night it felt like someone had died , i know i will get over it eventually but it is very hard to come to terms with . Iread the mail and im filled with disgust at the amount of covering up that is done ,shame on the labour goverment, all these poor young people who will be disabled for life all because the goverment want to save a few quid.
thanks to everyone for bieng there
hazel

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A big ?
Posted by linda mccafferty
Last Reply January 27, 2007 at 23:00
Started January 15, 2007
Dear all im very disheartened of the lack of communication regarding mrsa action uk, i see there has been an disbandment, and a new site has been set up the NCHI .the site is up and running but there has been no information posted on this site stating the new group/ site .i have no idea what is happening but i must post to say im very upset about this. but i wish NHCI all the best on there new site and i wish mrsa action all the best on there's too .(what more can i say )

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MRSA
Posted by Marion Ham
Last Reply January 27, 2007 at 16:07
Started January 22, 2007 at 13:47
My 60yr old Husband died from a 'hospital borne infection'. He was a fit, well and happy man,who had never had a days illness in his life. He went into hospital, for a routine operation. Neither life threatening, or synister! He contracted MRSA which eventually got into his lungs and killed him. The hospital, are attempting to "fudge" the findings, I have. But it is my intention to fight until this issue is given more cover. The infection of MRSA HAD to be transmitted, from a MEMBER OF STAFF!! Try to get the hospital to concede to that?

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A concerned mother
Posted by Holly
Last Reply January 27, 2007 at 15:40
Started January 26, 2007 at 05:09
I have a 3 month old son who has been sick with pnuemonia for about a week. He was born with Pierre Robin syndrome and has a trach, he is malnutritioned due to the clef palate. We took him to the ER a week ago where they ran test and said it was only pneumonia. He has only gotten worse so we took him back, they told me today he has MRSA in his lungs and trachea, and told me the antibiotics WILL kill it. I have tried to read up on it and i cant seem to get a grasp on what exactly it causes, or if it is going to be fatal. Is my son going to live? Can someone please help me

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Did MRSA kill Richard Campell-smith?
Posted by Emma Herring
Last Reply January 22, 2007 at 20:57
Started January 22, 2007 at 19:04
In my school we are working on bactire and infections and at the moment our topic is MRSA, and in my newspaper cutting it said that a royal marine recruit called Richard Campell-smith died just after scratching him self on a gorse bush during a training program and died with an MRSA related infection, but was it actually MRSA!? I can't find anything else on this subject. could you please help me! thnx emma

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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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