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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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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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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?

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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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MRSA Watch
Posted by Dave Roberts
Last Reply October 21, 2006 at 17:41
Started July 16, 2004 at 08:03
I have launched a web site which tracks all the news about MRSA on a daily basis. MRSA is also considered under several different categories. Visitors to this page may find it a helpful resource.

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MRSA in the Bones
Posted by Chris
Last Reply October 21, 2006
Started September 28, 2006 at 12:16
Hi can anyone tell me if you can contract the MRSA in your bones? My father has MRSA and the doctors have told him he has it in his bones, does this mean he will need an amputation?

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Posted by Jill Waters
Last Reply October 20, 2006 at 20:07
Started April 5, 2006 at 10:26
My Mum was admitted to Wiagn Infirmary as she had to have an emergency op on her bowels. While in the hospital her legs swelled, blistered and these burst and she was allowed to sit in a pool of fluid until they eventually decided to bandage them. They tried to tell us that she was admitted with legs in this state! She then developed MRSA in her wound, which is going from bad to worse. She was not barrier nursed and couldn't understand why she was not getting better test results. Communication in this hospital is next to nil - my brother asked the nurse if Mum had a heart attack as she said she had. They replied that as far as they wre aware she had not. This made brother think she was ramblinfg - she is 87 years old. The next day the nurse on duty said to my sister - by the way - you do know your mother has had a heart attack don't you!!
On one visit I asked another nurse about the MRSA - she was putting a cannulae in Mum's arm, without using gloves. She said she had no idea if s... read more

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How Contagious Am I?????
Posted by Susie
Last Reply October 20, 2006 at 16:33
Started October 20, 2006 at 16:33
I have MRSA since May of 2006, and have had about 8 or more boils sporadically since then. I do the Bactrim, Bactroban as directed, and get cleared up. Once off the meds, about 2 - 4 weeks I get yet another one. I bleach everything in my home. Clean TV remotes my phone, and computer with alcohol. I have become a Lysol Freak!!! And am constantly using Hand Sanitizers. But yet....

My Doctors, both the ID and Dermatologist, tell me that as long as my sores are clean and covered, and my hands are clean then I should be fine.

However, my ID told both my Mom and I, that if I touch my kitchen table, and my Mom touches the same spot and accidentally touches a scratch that she may have, she too can become infected.

Also, I went to my dermatologist a week ago Thursday and after my visit, the Dr. told his staff that the room that I was seen in cannot be used for 3-4 days, it must be sterilized, and sanitized before the room can be used to see other patients.

My employer ... read more

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Just diagnosed
Posted by Daniel B. Wheeler
Last Reply October 20, 2006 at 13:24
Started October 18, 2006 at 13:12
I am a 54, male, diabetic who has just gone on injected insulin about 6 months ago.

On Sept. 28, had a high fever. Couldn't get warm, even though running a fever and under several layers of blankets. Also getting over gout, so left my right leg uncovered for part of the night.

The next morning, noticed what appeared to be a spider bite on lower right leg. Tiny. But with a surrounding halo of red tissue. Maybe 3mm across.

I remember it started to itch about Sept. 30, and area around it got progressively inflamed, so contacted GP for appointment. Saw GP on Oct. 1, who diagnosed a bacterial infection. Took culture from then weaping 4cm crater.

On Oct. 4, got the bad news: MRSA. Have been off work since. Worried about spreading it to others.

Cleaning/draining the sore 2-3 times daily, burning affected bandage material/tape/cotton balls.

Currently being treated with bacitrin or Bactrin, which appears to be helping this outbreak. Nonetheless, worried about long-term surv... read more

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Dr Rita Pal
Posted by linda mccafferty
Last Reply October 20, 2006
Started October 20, 2006
Dear rob or moya , i have been looking for Dr Rita Pal's posts have they been removed ?

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Newly diagnosed
Posted by Christa
Last Reply October 13, 2006 at 04:30
Started August 29, 2006 at 15:44
Hello everyone. My Dr just informed me yesterday that I have MRSA. I had a kidney infection a little over a month ago that would not get better. The Dr continued to switch my antibiotics because it wasn't clearing up. I ended up with a 105 fever and in the hospital. I was in the hospital for about a week. I was home for about a week and noticed a red knot come up under my arm. That night, the lump started hurting and I had swelling and redness around it. I went to the Dr the next day and he immediately scheduled the surgery to have the abscess removed. He mentioned MRSA- but he wasn't sure. I went back to the Dr today for a follow up and was informed that I tested positive for MRSA. I have two holes under my arm that are still draining puss and blood. He was disappointed in the healing progress and asked for me to come back in a week. I am not familiar with MRSA and would like to get some feedback. Like- Will I ever get rid of MRSA? What are my risks? What should I d... read more

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Sick of MRSA!
Posted by Carly
Last Reply October 13, 2006 at 04:27
Started September 8, 2006 at 05:12
I have had MRSA now for over two years....i have been in the hospital for it on two separate occasions which were both very long stays. To this date I have had 18 sores,one of which is just now healing.I've been told I can't get rid of it,there's no reason why I get it and that there's nothing I can do to prevent the sores from reoccuring...if anyone has any information help b/c I'm sick of having this! I'm only 18 and it makes me feel like a freak and I'm tired of being in the hospital so much! The only health care you can recieve in my area is very poor and I need some information on where I could possibly even go to get good treatment.Thanks so much.

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Posted by Geneva
Last Reply October 12, 2006 at 19:50
Started October 12, 2006 at 19:07
Just got my latest results back - no MRSA that I know of, but they did show klebsiella/enterobacter, two more hospital superbugs.

Does anyone know anything about these bacterium?

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annual health check
Posted by Bev Hurst
Last Reply October 12, 2006 at 16:35
Started October 12, 2006 at 16:20
Hospital failing to control MRSA
A check-up of Lancashire's health services has revealed improvements need to be made.

Performance ratings published by the Healthcare Commission, rated Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust as underachieving when it came to reducing cases of MRSA infections.

Preston Primary Care Trust, which has now been replaced by Central Lancashire Primary Care Trust, also came under fire for underachieving when it came to making sure cancer patients wait no longer than two months for treatment after being urgently referred by their GP.

The trust received a rating of "fair" for its quality of services and "good" for its use of resources. Chorley and South Ribble Primary Care Trust received the same rating.

Lancashire Ambulance Service underachieved when it came to increasing the proportion of heart attack patients who receive thrombolysis within 60 minutes of calling for help.

Tony Curtis, chief executive of Lancashire Teaching Hospita... read more

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MRSA Carrier-Vancomycin
Posted by BWright
Last Reply October 12, 2006 at 15:47
Started October 12, 2006 at 15:47
I've been recently diagnosed as a MRSA carrier and have passed it to my boyfriend. He just had a serious outbreak which resulted in a PICC line and vancomycin home iv treatment. I want to cure this all together. Anyone have any advice on curing me and if this is goin to work for him?? Please help-scared.

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C.Diff & MRSA
Posted by JoanLT
Last Reply October 11, 2006 at 10:41
Started September 28, 2006 at 12:41
I am due to have a gall bladder op in a few weeks and would mention that I am totally symptomless and the problem was discovered after an ultra sound to determine the state of my liver (which is normal), I am a healthy 69 yr.old "wrinkly and having already lost a relative to MRSA and with this you think it worth taking the risk of an op when I have no pain or symptoms

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Teenage daughter with MRSA
Posted by Carol
Last Reply October 9, 2006 at 19:05
Started October 9, 2006 at 19:05
I'm getting increasingly worried by reading various entries here! My daughter has been diagnosed with MRSA after having suffered for the past ten weeks with a large cyst/boil under her arm which has now discharged!(Which I am keeping covered with a dressing) We have been told not to worry and to practice good hygiene (which we do anyway). We have been offered no advise other than that she isn't allowed into school until the infection control nurse gives us permission! Can anyone give me advise?

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