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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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Detectable Levels of MRSA
Posted by Derek Butler
Last Reply November 13, 2006 at 23:47
Started October 12, 2006
In response to the fact that MRSA can fall to levels so low as to be undetectable and then reappear in a patient, I have a letter from the Head Nurse of The Medical Directorate of the hospital that I have been dealing with in regard to our complaint. This person in response to a question asked by us states, and I quote: "Patients who have been positive in the past and who have had negative swabs can actually revert to being positive again without warning".

I think that this answers the question that MRSA can be at a level that is so low as to be undetectable and that a person can never be sure that they are completely clear of this bug.

Maria posted: “MRSA in the bloodstream can drop to very low levels and not be detected. Resurgence can then occur, that's why the medical profession flag patient's notes who have had MRSA, and also why some hospitals adopt the practice of taking patients who have to have invasive procedures to theatre at the end of the day. It is a well know... read more

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THANK YOU ALL
Posted by JACKIE O
Last Reply November 13, 2006 at 23:29
Started November 13, 2006 at 10:56
I HAVE TRIED TO UNDERSTAND ALL ABOUT MRSA AND I WAS GETTING THERE WITH ALL YOUR HELP BUT I AM NOT STRONG ENOUGH TO DEAL WITH THE AMOUNT OF HEARTBREAKING POST THAT PEOPLE WRITE EVERYTIME I READ A POST I THOUGHT MY FATHER SUFFERED THAT OR THAT HAPPENED TO MY DAD I THOUGHT I HAD BEEN THROUGH THE CRYING STAGE WHEN I ANSWERED SOME POSTS I COULD HARDLY SEE THE KEYBOARD FOR TEARS I HAVE HIDDEN MY GRIEF SO WELL I WAS AS YOU SAY GETTING ON WITH LIFE AS IT SHOULD BE MY FATHER WOULD HAVE WANTED ME TO GET ON WITH MY LIFE AND NOT TO BE WOEFUL I HAVE A FAMILY TO LOOK AFTER AND THEY MUST COME FIRST I HOPE WHEN I AM STRONGER TO COME BACK TO THE FORUM AND HELP YOU WITH YOUR FIGHT AGAINST MRSA MAY GOD BLESS YOU AND KEEP YOU SAFE JACKIE

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Grandma has MRSA
Posted by Emma
Last Reply November 13, 2006 at 22:09
Started November 12, 2006 at 21:39
My grandma has just been diagnosed with having MRSA. Not too sure on the ins and outs but I think its from her catheter. She's in her late eighties. Can anyone tell me what to expect? She went into hospital with a fairly minor injury, ended up in ICU because of a blockage from the painkillers - I think?, still not sure what was wrong and have now been told she has contracted MRSA. Is there any risk to me or my young family?

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HOSPITAL INFECTION SOARS
Posted by JACKIE O
Last Reply November 12, 2006 at 20:28
Started November 11, 2006 at 23:40
IN THE SUN NEWSPAPER TODAY HEADLINE HUNDREDS DEAD IN KILLER BUG HORROR HOSPITAL INFECTIONS SOAR DESPITE HUGH CLEANUP MORE THAN 500 PEOPLE WERE KILLED BY HOSPITAL SUPERBUG LAST YEAR HEALTH MINISTER ANDY KERR ADMITTED DEATHS HAVE SOARED 90 PERCENT IN JUST THREE YEARS THE STORY WAS WRITTEN BY ANDREW NICOLL THE ROYAL INFIRMARY CLAIMED 18 DEATHS A RISE OF 50 PERCENT IN TWO YEARS WHICH MAKES IT SCOTLANDS WORST AFFECTED HOSPITAL NOT A MENTION OF THE WESTERN INFIRMARY IN GLASGOW

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mrsa symptoms
Posted by Shannon
Last Reply November 12, 2006 at 18:33
Started September 24, 2005
Hello, I was hoping somebody could point my symptoms towards mrsa or better yet, away from it.

The beginning of this summer i had reocurring ear infections, coughs, ect. I'm alergic to Penicillin and doxicyclin(spelling) so I was given a few different kinds of antibiotics which didn’t seem to help. Before this year, it had been a good five years since I’ve had to take antibiotics. The last time I took them was when I had a serious infection from a gash on my foot and was given IV antibiotics for about a week. Anyhow, my ear infections seem to have gone but about two weeks ago I got a really bad infection from what I thought was a spider bite on my lip. It got HIDEOSULY swollen with an open leaking nasty sore on it. I was given more antibiotics and some steroids and God forbid, herpes medication (the doctors where stumped, I think they tried everything but give me a break, this would have had to be some record breaking cold sore). It took it about two weeks to heal up and f... read more

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DAUGHTER HAS MRSA.
Posted by TWY.
Last Reply November 9, 2006 at 18:45
Started August 16, 2006 at 19:11
Hi everyone,ive recently found out our daughter has mrsa in the throat she has just been re-swabed in the mouth,nose,under the arm and groan,and around her gastrostomy tube.she is seven years old with alot of medical problems,and has had 20 ops so far on her heart and stomach etc.Ive been told its not so much a problem outside of hospital as it is inside,but what about school who deals with her tube,and after school activities,ive been told i dont need to inform them but i feel bad for not.i dont no what to do.she is going back into hospital in the next week or two for more surgery so thats going to be a worry.she also came out the other day in a spot on her bum filled with pus,and she had a headach which she has never had but im not sure if this is due to the mrsa,and the last two days she has had diarhea twice.she isent allowed to eat due to lung and stomach problems and has been nil by mouth for 5 months,so she gets all her feeds via her peg.any advice would be great especially i... read more

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help
Posted by xxx
Last Reply November 9, 2006
Started November 7, 2006 at 17:31
im really scared of going into hospital as this seems to be everywhere! is it really bad ? and how can you lower your risk of catching this x

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MRSA and Rubbish Bags
Posted by Forum Newbie
Last Reply November 7, 2006 at 14:38
Started October 19, 2006 at 17:46
Hi All,

I am a reporter with The Sunday Times, and I am researching MRSA and other diseases. Specifically, I am trying to find anyone who might have caught MRSA from rubbish bags, or waste bins.

If anyone has heard of this happening, or thinks they might have been affected, could I please ask you to contact me on 0207 782 5690 or email stguest3@sunday-times.co.uk

Many thanks,
J Kirk

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NHS 'not checking infection spread'
Posted by Ruth Wollacott
Last Reply November 6, 2006 at 21:30
Started November 6, 2006 at 17:35
Is this not what we have been saying for years?

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/articles/news/news.html?in_article_id=414735&in_page_id=1770

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Get well soon bev
Posted by linda mccafferty
Last Reply October 31, 2006 at 14:12
Started October 29, 2006 at 16:08
Dear bev, i do hope your surgery went well,and you are taking a well deserved rest ,thinking of you and missing you.

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MRSA through catheter
Posted by Carrie
Last Reply October 31, 2006 at 14:05
Started October 31, 2006 at 11:56
Could anyone tell me about getting MRSA through urine catheter? When its on the skin you can see these lunps but when its inside are there boils growing i have looked on this site eveywhere and cant find the info i am looking also on other sites if anyone has contracted MRSA this way could you please let me know the details I am at my wits end and the doctors just are so vauge about this whole thing

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Transmission from Mother to Baby
Posted by Donna
Last Reply October 31, 2006 at 13:36
Started October 31, 2006 at 13:36
I am curious to know that if a mom has MRSA does that mean the newborn baby will have it also and should their crib be considered contaminated?

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Health Records
Posted by Barbara
Last Reply October 30, 2006 at 21:22
Started October 30, 2006 at 18:18
Hello again..
I applied for my mum's medical records on 4/10/06 I got them this morning I was informed that The charge for this sevice "Pertaining to my Late Mother's medical records, is £50.00 Less the inital £10.00 for my first request ~ and that an invouce will be sent to me for £40.00 in due couse There is a pile of records at least 5 inches high I'm lost

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