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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: ďMRSA 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 didnít seem to help. Before this year, it had been a good five years since Iíve 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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I have no time
Posted by healthcare professional
Last Reply October 30, 2006 at 20:16
Started October 19, 2006 at 08:13
I a healthcare professional and regularly look at the site to see what is happening to people and what their experiences are. I have found this site quite useful and it has guided my practice at times, so for that I thank you all.
However, it has become too time consuming now to trawl through all the posts that contain no new information, so sadly I will no longer be looking in.
I dont know if its possible to move or change sites to stop all this nonsense, but I am sure that something could be done to improve the forum.
I continue to strive to provide the best possible care for all my patients as do the rest of my staff.
I wish you all good health

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New to MRSA - help
Posted by Chuck
Last Reply October 28, 2006 at 14:02
Started October 27, 2006 at 05:20
My father-in-law was hospitalized with an intestinal blockage that led to him vomiting for several days. He had also developed a urinary tract infection which we now found out he has MRSA. I had never heard the term until today and have spent all night researching.

What is the short-term and long-term prognosis? Is the fact that his MRSA is in the urine/blood better or worse than the type that is common on the skin? He seems to feel fairly decent, just a little weak, and they've got him isolated and on anti-biodics.

Any honest thoughts appreciated. My best to all coping with this disease.

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MRSA
Posted by Julia
Last Reply October 25, 2006 at 01:50
Started October 13, 2006 at 11:45
I just had a baseball size absess removed from my tail bone, it tested positive for MRSA....I have a 2 in. opening, no stitches and I was told just to keep it covered and change the dressing twice a day....should I clean it with sterile saline solution or use a topical cream??? My doctor isn't forthcoming with information.

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MRSA in broken hip
Posted by David Tivey
Last Reply October 24, 2006 at 16:08
Started June 30, 2004 at 09:15
Broken hip 7 weeks ago fell of my own horse and kicked me, First operation good then I had to have second operation, then I picked up MRSA and nothing would respond to it, so I had to wait while they grew the bug but in the mean time I had to go into intensive care 7 days, life support machine three days and total of 5 operations 3 blood transfusions, home now thanks to the lord, very week and tired starting out patiants soon and physio to get my leg working again, my age 51, does any body know if I will have any other after effects.

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m.r.s.a.
Posted by fran parry
Last Reply October 24, 2006 at 13:13
Started November 3, 2004 at 21:59
my husband was first infected with mrsa in 1997. since then he has had 20 plus infections it is now in his lungs, he is 68 yrs old he cannot do anything for himself he cannot wash,dress shave is wheelchair bound cannot be left on his own is on 24 hour oxygen has memory loss. he has c.o.a.d which makes treating chest infections very difficult. nothing he is given by the doctors works. within days of finishing treatment the infection is if we are lucky it comes back without the mrsa. even intravenous antibotics only work for a short period he is terrrifed of going into hospital so much so we want to try to keep him at home for as long as possible i truely feel time is now running out for us this terrible bug has distroyed our lives as a family and all because somebody in 1997 did not was their hands.

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mrsa - orsa
Posted by jim
Last Reply October 24, 2006 at 05:20
Started June 20, 2006 at 03:41
can someone tell me if mrsa is the same as osra, and if not whats the differance?
thanks.

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Recent Bladder Infections reveal carrier MRSA
Posted by Geraldine
Last Reply October 23, 2006 at 19:57
Started September 2, 2006 at 23:42
I recently have been having bladder infections and now several months later I am told that I am a MRSA Carrier. I have been put on antibiotics several times and it never clears the bladder infection, what can I do next to clear this situation up?

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