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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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UVGI and Baby Luke
Posted by John
Last Reply December 2, 2006 at 16:30
Started April 13, 2005 at 10:45
Perhaps if the NHS adopted the use of UVGI into their ventilation systems going into mother and baby units as this US hospital has done then baby Luke might still be alive.

I have posted on this discussion before about the perils of the airborne transmission of MRSA and although this article does not mention MRSA specifically it is my belief that outdated airconditioning is one of the main reasons why MRSA will never be brought under control

Please read the link below:-

http://www.vigilairsystems.com/apps/apps/hospital_report.pdf

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Medical Notes
Posted by Onia
Last Reply November 30, 2006 at 11:28
Started February 14, 2006 at 11:20
I have just received my medical notes relating to my last stay at Good Hope Hospital where I picked up MRSA. Upon reading them I now find that because I had the audacity to challenge my standard of care and because I was angry (justifiably so I feel) at contracting MRSA there, they suggest in these notes that I should undergo psychological support as I have an anger management problem! I have noticed quite a few discrepencies with what is stated and what I know to be reality. The consultant wrote to my GP and stated that I am given to bouts of fury and suspects I will ask to be treated elsewhere which is exactly what I did request. The whole thing smacks of these health care professionals covering their backs because they know an official complaint is about to be made and cite psychological problems of the patient as the reason why such complaints are made. I have no idea how to challenge these notes until they agree to finalise my complaint but they are still sending me the ubi... read more

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PMQ - 'high quality NHS'
Posted by Ruth Wollacott
Last Reply November 30, 2006 at 10:36
Started November 29, 2006 at 17:04
http://www.number10.gov.uk/output/page306.asp

(Prime Minister's Question Time today)

James Brokenshire (Hornchurch) (Con):

Three years ago, my constituent James Wollacott contracted MRSA in hospital following successful surgery on his knee. Since then he has suffered significant problems with mobility and is in constant pain. He has had five corrective operations and will require further surgery in the new year. He is only 23 years old. What assurance can the Deputy Prime Minister give him and other victims of MRSA that combating hospital-acquired infections will not be compromised by the current financial pressures in the national health service?

The Deputy Prime Minister (Mr. John Prescott): The Government’s record on the NHS is very good and is there for all to see. We should be proud of the amount of resources we have put into the NHS. We created the NHS and we have sustained it. Every time ... read more

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BUG TARGETS NOT BEING HIT
Posted by moya
Last Reply November 28, 2006 at 21:30
Started November 28, 2006 at 21:30



12:00 - 22 November 2006

Hospitals in Notts are struggling to hit targets for eradicating the MRSA superbug, according to new figures.

There were 38 cases at the Queen's Medical Centre and Nottingham City Hospital between April and August this year.

Government guidelines said there should have been no more than 33 cases.

At Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Trust, which runs Kings Mill Hospital, there have been 18 cases in the same period, according to a report at yesterday's Notts County Primary Care Trust board meeting.

There should have been no more than 15 cases.

The report said both trusts had plans and objectives, but added that the majority of trusts cannot reach the target.



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IRISH VERDICT
Posted by ANN, BRENDAN'S WIDOW
Last Reply November 26, 2006 at 22:40
Started November 26, 2006 at 14:30
I WOULD LIKE TO THANK EVERYONE THAT I SPOKE TO BOTH ON THIS SITE AND ON THE TELEPHONE FOR ALL THERE HELP AND ADVISE AND STRENGTH TO TAKE BRENDAN'S CASE THIS FAR.
I NOW HAVE A DEATH CERTIFICATE WITH THE TRUTH ON IT OF HOW MY HUSBAND DIED AND THE ROYAL HAS BEEN SHOWN UP FOR WHAT LENGTHS THEY WILL GO TO TO PREVENT THE TRUTH COMING OUT.

HOSPITALS CANNOT BE ALLOWED TO CARRY ON THE WAY THEY ARE, WE NEED MATRON'S BACK ON OUR WARDS, THEY NEED TO LOOK AT THE PROBLEMS PEOPLE FACE GOING INTO HOSPITAL, THEY NEED TO WASH IT AND NOT WHITE WASH IT.

FOR ANYONE WHO HAS SUFFERED AND LOST A LOVED ONE LIKE WE DID OR INDEED FOR ANYONE WHO HAS A LOVED ONE IN HOSPITAL AT THE PRESENT TIME

STAND UP AND SPEAK OUT.

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Irish verdict now in
Posted by moya
Last Reply November 26, 2006 at 14:19
Started November 21, 2006 at 18:53
http://www.breakingnews.ie/2006/11/21/story286000.html

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Arthescopic Knee infection
Posted by Jill Thorley
Last Reply November 23, 2006 at 22:24
Started November 13, 2006 at 15:37
Has anyone out there contracted an MRSA infection through Arthescopy into the Knee joint? & if so can anyone recommend an Orthopaedic Surgeon who will give an unbiased report?
Regards Jill.

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MRSA PLEASE HELP
Posted by Wendy
Last Reply November 22, 2006 at 23:52
Started July 12, 2005 at 23:14
Please could anyone get in touch with me as we are trying to piece together why my dad died.I have visited this site before and my story(well some of it)is already on.BUT I NEED TO SPEAK TO PEOPLE can anyone contact me if they have lost limbs to gangrene.Fingers and Toes to gangrene.If they have died from Septicemia and it wasnt written on the Death Certificate.What were you told, what happened at the hospital?We are currently fighting with the hospital for answers but we are not getting very far,Please if your experiences are similar in any way please get in touch I need to speak to someone who has been through basically the same as us.We are a family torn apart by mrsa and in our eyes my dad was murdered.and all the hospital did was sit and watch it happen they didnt help or give any support they just let my dad die and they are not going to get away with it.Please get in touch with me PLEASE.

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Mrsa and pregnancy
Posted by maja
Last Reply November 22, 2006 at 19:09
Started June 29, 2006 at 17:42
Hi all,
I just wandered. My friend is pregnant and as she is working in Residential home, she is worried what are the affects of MRSA in pregnancy, anything different?

Thanks

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Failing MRSA targets
Posted by Bev Hurst
Last Reply November 22, 2006 at 16:33
Started November 22, 2006 at 16:33
Out of the 10 strategic health authorities at least 8 of them have reported they will fail on reaching the targets set for 2008 to have halved the MRSA rates of infection ~ these include East England, East Midlands, London, Northwest, Yorkshire and Humberside

It has been announced that hit squads are to tackle MRSA at 4 greater Manchester trusts
Central Manchester & Manchester Childrens
South Manchester
Tameside
PENNINE
And also under consideration is Wrightington Wigan and Leigh trust.

The Northwest SHA reported that the Northwest performance is a cause for concern. It has the 3rd highest rates of Bacteraemia per 100,000 population. An analysis of the previous 12 mth National data May 2006 indicated 15% of all cases were in the NW and the NW SHA had the largest (22%) share of the national challenge.
The NHS organisations in the NW are NOT achieving and 8 ‘most at risk’ Trusts have now been prioritised for close monitoring and support


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MRSA ROYAL VICTORIA HOSPITAL BELFAST
Posted by ANN MCDOWELL
Last Reply November 21, 2006 at 19:02
Started May 30, 2006 at 17:30
Reply #105 by ann Posted: May 30, 2006 at 15:33
I have already contacted this site before with regards to my husband who died at the age of 43 from mrsa, i am still waiting for an inquest into his death to take place 27 mths later, can anyone tell me does it normally take this length of time for an inquest. My husband was admitted to The Royal Victoria Hospital Belfast for back surgery, he contacted mrsa in his wound and died a horrific death as a result of it, again can I ask for anyone out there who was in the RVH in Belfast From Dec 2003 - Feb 2004 to contact me thanks.

MY NUMBER IS 07711521733

12031




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Interesting Article
Posted by Phip
Last Reply November 19, 2006 at 12:21
Started November 19, 2006 at 12:21
Found this on the BBC news pages today; seems like a positive step in that it can help in risk-assessment of individual patients who may be suscpetible to HAI's.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/6151112.stm

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angry,2 mth son has mrsa
Posted by gina
Last Reply November 19, 2006 at 11:31
Started November 16, 2006 at 19:47
my 2 month year old son has mrsa.The midwife nurse in charge took a swab taken the night my waters broke.the nurse in charge, lost the swab - only to retrieve it from the bin,(bad practise). after my husband and i asked where it had gone.the swab was never passed to the lab by the nurse in charge weve since found out.i asked that night - "why are you taking a
swab?" she replied - " due to your waters breaking, you may be suseptible to infection".
My swab was never sent - dont know why???
my son has mrsa.
Can any body tell me - if my swab was sent - would the cultures have shown MRSA?
id be grateful for some help on this matter.

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NHS not checking infection spread
Posted by moya
Last Reply November 16, 2006 at 19:18
Started November 6, 2006 at 11:24
Press Association
Monday November 6, 2006 6:08 AM


The worrying state of infection control practices in the NHS has been revealed in a damning new report.

The study, by the Patients Association, reveals a growing unease among health professionals that a lack of proper practices is endangering patients' lives.

It found 93% of health professionals had to spend time reassuring patients about catching infections while receiving treatment in hospital. Time needed for this was reducing actual caring time.

The study revealed many people were concerned that simple practices were not being adhered to - resulting in major problems.

For example, three quarters of health professionals feel that "hands" (hand washing between patients) are the main cause of infection transmission in hospitals. In addition, only 35% of respondents said the effectiveness of antiseptic used to kill bacteria was continually assessed.

It follows claims from top NHS adviser Sir John Oldham last mon... read more

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