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Do I have MRSA???
Posted by SB
Last Reply December 22, 2006 at 18:08
Started December 20, 2006 at 10:42
I have been unfortunate to get a boil in my groin that hasnt healed for 4 months..I was put on flucloxacillin and then augmentin...both dried the boil up but didnt heal it.the boil was then lanced....too much blood but no pus....I then went to a homeopathy doctor who thought it had mended itself...but it started oozing again and I am on silicea 14gm....is this MRSA?? My GP has tested the oozy stuff before but should I insist on testing it for MRSA??? I want to get rid of it..I have suffered too long..please help me..I also had chest and back pains which have now disappeared...

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130k extravaganza
Posted by Derek Butler
Last Reply December 20, 2006 at 22:54
Started December 17, 2006 at 22:42
17 December 2006
CASH-STRAPPED NHS THROWS CONFERENCE FOR BOFFINS WITH BANQUETS, FINE WINES, FREE BAR AND GOODIE BAGS..& IT COSTS YOU 128K*
SUNDAY Mirror INVESTIGATE
By Nick Owens
THE Department of Health blew nearly 130,000 of taxpayers' money on a lavish two-day party.

The 174 guests totted up a bill of 128,187 as they feasted on fine wines, food and fun during The Chief Scientific Officer's Conference at an exclusive hotel.

They also enjoyed a disco, free bar, and goodie bags and were presented with framed pictures of themselves on mock Hello! magazine-style front pages.

The party-gimmicks even made fun of hospital superbug MRSA, which claims 5,000 lives a year.

When the fun stopped, DoH organisers slept in luxury 290-a-night suites at London's Russell Hotel - all at taxpayers' expense with "full account to company".

The event - attended by Health Secretary Patricia Hewitt - was last night branded a disgraceful waste of public money at a time of a cash crisi... read more

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MRSA Stats
Posted by Bev
Last Reply December 19, 2006 at 20:22
Started December 5, 2005 at 15:14
we have been asked by the Healthcare commission to help evidence the figures contracting MRSA as we are saying they do not record all incidences of MRSA in the government stats ~ all that is needed is the victims name, hospital, date and if any information was furnished to the patient or the relatives ~ it would also be helful to know wether or not the patient had been in for surgery, or it was just a non related hospital admittance for example my mum went in for a perfectly treatable condition gout then due to their negligence suffered renal failure then sadly contracted MRSA from which she passed away. it is really important to get all the incidences recorded then we can lend weight to our argument that they are only attempting to pay lip service to an infection which is reaping havoc on thousands of lifes. we also want to know about MRSA contractions in nursing homes etc
thank you

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Got rid of second infection
Posted by Carolyn
Last Reply December 19, 2006 at 18:20
Started December 19, 2006 at 18:20
Hi, I am new to this forum. My first staph infection looked like infected spider bites on the top of my forehead. It took about 8 solid months of applying triple antibiotic cream to reduce and finally get rid of the little lumps under the skin. NOW, just before Christmas 2006, suddenly a big boil appeared on my cheek, about the size of a quarter, and it very fast formed a few smaller boils nearby. I used iodine this time, just putting the iodine bottle opening over the boils and upending it while of course bending over so as not to spill any. Then using a clean tissue to wipe the drips. This immediately started the staph to die. I had to use the iodine for two whole days, cleaing it off with antibacterial soap in between applications of iodine. On the third day of doing this, I can feel no lumps at all under my skin, but there are blotches where the original boils were. Of course, I don't care if I have blotches, they may fade, but at least I am not dead. I did also use tu... read more

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PVL producing MRSA kills two
Posted by Callie
Last Reply December 18, 2006 at 21:04
Started December 18, 2006 at 20:59
Here is a link to the story on the bbc news pages:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/6188801.stm

If anyone here reads the USA forums you will notice the distinct difference in the type of infections MRSA causes in the states - whereas in the UK MRSA is generally found in the hospital setting and causes infections in those with surgical wounds/weakened immune systems in the states MRSA attacks fit and otherwise healthy people in the community. This is because they have a lot more PVL producing strains of MRSA and its really quite worrying that things could go the same way here.

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Lord Warner responds.....
Posted by Phip
Last Reply December 17, 2006 at 20:11
Started April 21, 2005 at 13:57
I recently wrote to my MP again about MRSA and he forwarded my letter to Lord Warner. Today I have received a response from Lord Warner and thought I would share with you some of his comments:

"Miss Woodhatch mentions the recommendations of the Chief Medical Officer about introducing legislation to tackle Healthcare Associated Infection (HCAIs). I would like to reassure her that my officials are already taking this forward with the Healthcare Commission"

"Miss Woodhatch also raises her concern that MRSA infections are being recorded by hospital staff as wound infections as a convenient way of presenting the facts in a less alarming light. I can assure her that it is mandatory for all hospitals to record all incidents of MRSA infection and to send their data to the independent Health Protection Agency (HPA). This is the basis on which our figures are calculated."

"As Miss Woodhatch is aware, the majority of bacteria transmitted between patients are transferred on the hand... read more

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Homeopathic remedies
Posted by JLL
Last Reply December 17, 2006 at 17:57
Started December 17, 2006 at 15:25
I have MRSA and am frequently infected with skin boils. What remedies have people found to be effective? I use tea tree oil right now.

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Good news moderated!!
Posted by Gloria
Last Reply December 14, 2006 at 07:20
Started December 13, 2006 at 15:31
I posted some relative good news on here a couple of days ago about 50 million pound being invested into hospitals to fight hospital acquired infections. I have just come on here to see if there were further replies to find the post has been removed. Very disappointed to see that a good news item being removed for no reason.
Here is the link again. Hurry before this gets removed too!!!
http://www.dh.gov.uk/assetRoot/04/14/11/63/04141163.pdf
Gloria


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re-infection of mrsa
Posted by sherrell
Last Reply December 14, 2006 at 01:07
Started November 27, 2006 at 19:59
i had a operation in jan 2006 and contracted mrsa in my wound i had to have a "vac" machine fitted for seven weeks to help promote healing,no-one knew why i had caught the infection, some comments were passed that it could have been poor hygiene whilst being an in patient or because of my work environment i could have had colonised mrsa...my problem now is i need another operation towards the end of this year and i'm terrified i'll get it again, does anyone know what the chances of this are...i've spoke to my GP who will prescribe me a skin wash prior to my op and i have also requested to be swabbed... has anyone got any suggestions?...any would be a great relief, thanks

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MRSA & Sexual contact
Posted by Jo Wiechman
Last Reply December 13, 2006 at 21:24
Started December 13, 2006 at 20:58
Can a couple get or give MRSA during sex, after one person has had MRSA?

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Completly Cleared of MRSA
Posted by Jo Wiechman
Last Reply December 13, 2006 at 21:22
Started December 13, 2006 at 21:16
Is it possible once having MRSA that a person can be completly cleared of having MRSA ever again?

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CPS
Posted by Tim Cheatle
Last Reply December 13, 2006 at 14:03
Started December 12, 2006 at 20:51
Well here's the latest news on our complaints.The Ombudsman did not do a decent investigation-and agreed with the Health Care Commission- which means that they couldn't say one way or the other if our Dad's death certificate was falsified or not!That is not good enough!As for the Police investigation-they have agreed with us that the hospital did falsify our Dad's death certificate-and we now await the CPS decision as to whether they will take the case or not!The Police have agreed with all the points I and others raised in Angie Mason's BBC1 documentary.They have made it clear that it is in the public interest.The big point is the Law has been broken and we have proven that the hospital falsified the certificate.My Sister and I and all our family and friends now want the Law enforced and for Justice to be done.
Our Local City Councillor intends to take the Ombudsman's report to the Health Minister as it is clear that they have sat on the fence.
We now must wait for the CPS.
God ... read more

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Chelsea & Westminster Hospital
Posted by Annabelle
Last Reply December 11, 2006 at 21:20
Started December 11, 2006 at 21:20
I got MRSA from Chelsea and Westminster Hospital after surgery. The attitude of the staff was was shocking and they seemed unbothered when I found out (by accident) that I had MRSA. I was off work for 3 months and 4 years later I am clear but still very tired.

I had to return for further surgery after 18 months and I was dreading it as it was the same ward. I have to be fair and say that it couldn't have been more different. Everyone seemed to take handwashing etc really seriously.

I was very traumatised and bitter about it for some time but I guess life goes on and the resentment didn't affect anyone else-just me.

I get regularly screened and am pleased to say I haven't had a recurrence.

Good luck everyone.

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mrsa caught at childbirth
Posted by andrew moir
Last Reply December 10, 2006 at 22:51
Started April 21, 2005 at 11:29
My partner got MRSA when having a ceasarian section at St Richards Hospital in Chichester, She is absolutly terrified of having any surgery apart from going to the dentists

what should have been a great time with our son being born turned into a living hell

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MRSA disinfectant
Posted by Rachel
Last Reply December 10, 2006 at 19:05
Started July 29, 2006 at 21:43
My 4 year old daughter has mrsa and periodically breaks out in boils on her bum . I now think that i may have caught it or at least a staph A infection as i have deveolped Hidradenitis Suppurativa (infection of the sewat glands). What is the best disinfectant to use when cleaning my home ? eg kitchen work tops , toilet , door handles. I have looked at a lot of disinfactants in the shops but non state that they kill MRSA . Any advice would be great thanks.

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mrsa winning cases
Posted by Dave
Last Reply December 6, 2006 at 17:06
Started November 7, 2004 at 13:32
Has there been any cases successful against nhs trusts for contracting MRSA as it seems to me the NHS is wrapped up in cotton wool against any litigation or blame.

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C DIFF
Posted by RETA MACHIN
Last Reply December 4, 2006 at 21:14
Started December 4, 2006 at 21:05
MY MUM WAS ADMITTED TO NEWCROSS HOSPITAL IN MARCH 2004 TO HAVE OPERATION FOR LUNG CANCER. SHE WAS OTHERWISE VERY FIT & HAD NO STOMACH TROUBLE. WITHIN A WEEK SHE BEGAN TO BE VERY ILL, THEY TOLD US THAT SHE HAD COLITIS AS SHE DEVELOPED DIAHOREA. THIS GOT SO BAD THAT IT WAS CONSTANT & SHE WAS IN TERRIBLE PAIN( & SO SORE),SHE DIED AFTER 13 WEEKS OF INTENSIVE CARE ON THE ITU-NOT IN ISOLATION- SHE COULD NOT SPEAK FOR ALL OF THAT TIME AS HAD A TUBE THROUGH HER THROAT- SHE CAME THROUGH THE CANCER OPERATION WITH NO TROUBLE BUT I WISH SHE HAD NEVER GONE IN AS SHE DIED AN HORRIFIC DEATH. I AM SURE SHE HAD C DIFF BUT THE STAFF NEVER ADMITTED IT

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Still not cleaning
Posted by John
Last Reply December 4, 2006 at 21:04
Started December 4, 2006 at 21:04
Hi All, its a while since I posted on here, my interest is because I am involved in flood and trauma restoration and also supply equipment and chemicals to companies who do this work. Obviously this puts us in contact with numerous hazardous substance including MRSA.
Anyway my father in law was recently admitted to the Newcastle RVI, WARD 52. He was in there for 10 days. We visted every day and I was disgusted by the general dirt and neglect of the most basic cleaning procedures.
There was anti-bacterial gel at numerous points around the corridors but whilst there noticed very few of the staff or vistors using it. There was what I believe was a UVC strilising unit in the main corridor, this was switched on only once over the ten days. It was far too small to be effective anyway.
The ward my father in law was in hods 6 patients. The air intake to the air conditioning was caked in grease and fluff. My father in laws table had spillages of god knows what on the legs which were there... read more

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MRSA doctors
Posted by Ana G
Last Reply December 4, 2006 at 18:53
Started December 3, 2006 at 22:31
Hi everyone,
I'm 25 and have had MRSA since January this year. I went to see Dr and have been having weekly visits since then. I was put on 10 courses of antibiotics one after the other at one point. It is starting to get under control but I am still not feeling right and still have boils appearing constantly. I was just wondering if anyone knows if there are any specialist doctors in the UK i could ask to be referred to - In the US i think they have infectious disease doctors but I havent heard of anything like that here. Thanks -

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MRSA superbug claims may surge
Posted by Derek Butler
Last Reply December 2, 2006 at 21:20
Started November 30, 2006 at 07:17
A flood of MRSA compensation claims could finally be realised as lawyers turn to workplace safety legislation to pursue hospitals.



http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/6148546.stm



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