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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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My grandson and MRSA in the lung
Posted by IAN
Last Reply December 24, 2006 at 12:30
Started December 23, 2006 at 11:52
I have MRSA in the lung. My grandson [20 months] and his mum [my daughter] is coming to stay with us [my wife and I] for a week in mid-January. Should he come and, if so, what advice can you give ?

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MRSA following surgery - alternative remedies?
Posted by HB
Last Reply December 22, 2006 at 21:05
Started December 19, 2006 at 21:48
Wonder if anyone can help? My mum was admitted to hospital 11 weeks ago for a routine hysterectomy. To cut a long story short, the op was botched with as suture through the intestine and she has had undergone fairly major surgery.

There have been a number of complications including renal failure, peaks and troughs of temperature and fungal infections throughout, and more recently a heart scare.

Today she has been diagnosed with MRSA, but only around the wound of the surgery, and not in the blood which is something we're clinging onto. We think the heart scare was now as a result of MRSA,as it clinging to and roughening the heart valves is a side effect.

The hospital are reluctant to treat with antibiotics due to previous fungal problems, and so we are desperate to try and find an alternative that might help and are considering what alternative medicine that might be appropriate. I have heard that tea tree oil might help, but reading about it and homeopathy I'm more confu... read more

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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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