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Posted by jill
Last Reply October 3, 2006 at 21:47
Started October 3, 2006 at 21:47
Reply #59 by Jill Posted: October 3, 2006 at 19:46
Im sitting at home worried sick about my 21yrs old nephew,he as been recovering from multiple injuries caused by a fall,after being in hospital for 15 wks on release he got a infection in a wound, which after readmitting him seemed to get it under control. mrsa was mention but because of his young age they were not that worried. having been released again, after the second night at home he was rushed back into hospital with a temperature of 39 .3 and vomiting. He as been in hospital 2wks now and he is not improving,when he finishes a course of antibiotics the vomiting and high temp return with a vengence,his resistance is low due to all the treatment he as had over the last 15wks, plus he as lost about 6stone in weight,the consultant keeps upping the antibiotics, they are waiting to do a test called a nuclear test which is something to do with the white and red blood cells {can anyone enlighten me on this test?} thi... read more

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MRSA documentary
Posted by Journalist
Last Reply October 3, 2006 at 17:24
Started February 21, 2005 at 14:39
Looking for people to take part in a radio documentary on MRSA. email
Particularly interested in those
* taking legal steps against hospital acquired MRSA or
* have fought a case and won or
* employees of the NHS [in total confidentiality according to the Data Protection Act] or
* anybody wanting to share their story

Many thanks. email

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im in desperate need of help!!..
Posted by Randi♥
Last Reply October 2, 2006 at 23:27
Started October 2, 2006 at 23:27
well really i dont have a reply..i just really want to know what i can do to get rid of this..i ant even hold mah lil nephew because mah boyfriends sister want let me cuz ill hurt the baby...its so hard not to...wen he puts his hands out to me what am i supppose to do leave anad here him only 15 years old..i need somthing to get rid of this!!...i had a rele bad case of it one time..underneath my arm and it got rele big lyke the size of a golf ball swelled out and it rele hasnt been back that badd ever since i took antibiotics..but now ther making me put shit up my nose and i dont know it rele hasnt been back...and i got it when i was hanging out with my friend..i guess i never had nething lyke this until i stopped hanging out with her and started dating my fiance'...i need a cure to get rid of it iim afraid that it will come back..PLZ HELP ME....sincereley Randix00x

p.s can someone plz comment back and tell me theres hope..i dont wana die at 15...

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Posted by David
Last Reply October 2, 2006 at 23:23
Started December 3, 2005 at 19:06
I visited your site last week and saw a posting about a paper that is being published by the Journal of antimicrobial Chemotherapy which confirmed a new prodiucst that treats all bacteria -- MRSA. This posting has been removed. Surely it is in the interest of all the people who visit this site to have access to this information.

Do the controllers of the site have a conflict of interest?
Is there another reason why this report was removed.


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Posted by Geneva
Last Reply October 2, 2006 at 16:31
Started September 26, 2006 at 20:14
I have just come out of hospital and found out, only because I demanded swabs to be taken, that I have MRSA.

I have been on Flucloxacillin and Benzopenicillin, both penicillin based, and the prescription was not changed after I found out about the MRSA.

My infection led to a huge abcess, and I documented some of it on my site at - I had surgery for removal of the abcess.

I have not been re-swabbed or tested, and have been sent home with the same oral anitbiotics. I have a hug hole in my right side, and returning to work anytime soon looks like it won't happen. Luckily, I am on a salary.

I have now started getting a spot on my left buttock, and am terrified. Should I go back to my doctor and ask for a different antibiotic? I have requested a copy of my hospital notes (at the cost of £50).

Any advice would be appreciated.

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Posted by Bev
Last Reply October 2, 2006 at 07:24
Started October 1, 2006 at 11:58
My mum is currently in hospital and has been diagnosed with mrsa. I go in to see her and wear the requested gloves and apron. I have been given no further information by the hospital and only know what I have found on the internet. I work in a nursery with 2 and 3 yr old children. Am I safe to go to work??

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Posted by tony
Last Reply September 29, 2006 at 04:14
Started September 29, 2006 at 04:14
I have msra. I think I got it from the gym. My doctor put me on bactrim. Iam scared after reading and doing research with proper treatment will it go away. or is this life threating.

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Posted by Helen Cleland
Last Reply September 28, 2006 at 23:24
Started September 28, 2006 at 15:34
I am expecting a baby in December. My grandfather is 96 and has MRSA in his wound from a supra pubic catheter. Is it ever safe to bring my baby to see him? I am aware he will not be around for very long

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Can anyone help?
Posted by jgbsum
Last Reply September 28, 2006 at 13:28
Started September 28, 2006 at 13:28
I am 32 and mother of 3, I had to have an emergency C section with my 3rd child and was quite poorly afterwards, after some tests I was told I had MRSA and was treated in the hospital - however I had recurring problems with the wound from the labour and had to have the district nurse visit the house to clean and dress the wound for several months. My baby is now 2 and thankfully the wound seems to have healed well, however I recently suffered with a severe UTI which caused severe pain in my groin and back, I had to have an X-Ray and have now been told I have kidney stones which will have to be futher investigated, I intend to go with some background information and wonder if anybody here knows if there is any link between MRSA and kidney stones?

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MRSA shown the door
Posted by leeminky
Last Reply September 28, 2006 at 12:40
Started September 25, 2006 at 11:13
Hi, my gran is in hospital and has contracted MRSA. All of the sudden (2 days after the MRSA was found) there is talk about sending my gran home and all of the sudden they are not sure about the MRSA anymore even though all the precautions are still being taken. We feel as though the hospital is trying to get her out of the hospital asap to either home or a carehome, so that that way the problem is not theirs anymore. We are not saying this is definitely the case, but everyone feels like it is. Gran by far is not strong/well enough to leave the hospital and up untill the MRSA there was no talk of her leaving. Has anyone had the same experience and is it possible to have an independent person come in to test and make sure there isor is no MRSA?

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I had three SWAB's taken yesterday for MRSA
Posted by Geraldine
Last Reply September 25, 2006 at 18:37
Started September 19, 2006 at 16:56
Hi everyone,

It's Geraldine here < yes I am a worry wart> but I do find all of your advice most helpful :)

I just wanted to let you all know that yesterday I had three swabs taken for MRSA.

One taken from nose, another from my throat and a further one from my groin area.

Does anyone know if this is the normal procedure prior to surgery & admittance to hospital? if so, how long will it take for results to come back.

Thanks ,


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Basildon hospital, Essex
Posted by Janet Ward
Last Reply September 22, 2006 at 21:10
Started January 22, 2006 at 22:21
My experience of the disclosure of my fathers' MRSA infection was appaulling and i just wonder if anyone else has had the same experience. My father is in hospital with a chest infection with an underline problem of COPD. He had spent a week in intensive care where he had to have a tracheaotomy then he was moved and it was disclosed to me as I finished a visit "oh you do know he has MRSA - don't you?" When I called the ward later that day to confirm that this was the actual case - the nurse tried to tell me he could have got it on the tube!!! There was obviously no admission that he could've have picked this up in the hospital. I'm am going to be talking to PALS about this comment and my fathers care but just wondered if anyone else is concerned about hygiene at Basildon Hospital.
Meanwhile my father remains very poorly from this infection which appears to be on his chest already, he is in a side ward but I am concerend about the recovery rate for my father & also that other patien... read more

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MRSA and Clean Hospitals
Posted by cas
Last Reply September 22, 2006 at 14:32
Started September 22, 2006 at 08:19
This was in the British Medical Journal this morning. Something to chew over

Study finds no link between hospital cleanliness and MRSA
Abergavenny Roger Dobson

New research has failed to find a link between hospital cleanliness ratings and rates of methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).

Although the Department of Health has emphasised the importance of hospital cleanliness in reducing MRSA, researchers were unable to establish a consistent link in the data they analysed (Journal of Hospital Infection 2006;64:184-6).

“The authors believe, and the data support this belief, that there is no direct link between hospital environmental cleanliness measured by Patient Environment Action Team (PEAT) scores and the risk of MRSA bacteraemia,” say the authors from Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, and the University of Leeds.

“Programmes that target standards of hospital cleanliness alone are unlikely to succeed in l... read more

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mum got terminal lung and liver cancer
Posted by lisa
Last Reply September 21, 2006 at 18:24
Started September 14, 2006 at 10:24
i dont know what to say all i know is my life seems to be falling apart,my lovely mum was diagnosed with terminal lung and liver cancer and i cannot deal with it,im trying to be really strong dont know who to turn to,as i usually talk to my mum but i cant because shes in mum is only 50 it dont seem right...

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national NHS strike
Posted by Bev Hurst
Last Reply September 21, 2006 at 16:37
Started September 21, 2006 at 16:37
NHS national strike starts at 10pm tonight

Jackie Dent and agencies
Thursday September 21, 2006
Guardian Unlimited

Hundreds of National Health Service staff will go on a 24-hour strike this evening over the government's decision to privatise the supply of medical equipment to hospitals and GPs.
Around 800 staff at depots in Derbyshire, Cheshire, West Yorkshire, Kent and Suffolk will walk out at 10pm after voting to strike last month. A second strike is planned on September 26.

It will be the first national strike in the NHS for 18 years.

The government announced in early September that German delivery firm DHL had been awarded a 10-year contract to procure and deliver everything from latex gloves to breakfast cereals to hospitals and GPs across the UK.

As part of the deal, an estimated 1,650 workers from NHS Logistics and NHS Purchasing and Supply Agency (NHS PASA) were given jobs with DHL, which takes over the contract on October 1.

The government says that... read more

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abscesses on face
Posted by Debbie
Last Reply September 21, 2006 at 03:39
Started October 18, 2004 at 04:24
Has any one experienced abscesses on their face infected with MRSA? What was your course of treatment and what was your experience?

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distric nurses are rubbish
Posted by Ally
Last Reply September 20, 2006 at 02:13
Started November 8, 2005 at 17:05
What can I do about my distric nurse? A lot of my friends have suggested I try Manuka honey dressings as I've had a pressure sore on my bottom since July. I have asked and asked about these dressings and they are used in the Community. So I've bought the honey but the head nurse refuses to put it in the drssings. Why doesn't she want the sore to heal surely she should try everything that's on the market?? Duhhhh.

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post op wound - par for the course/
Posted by rosi
Last Reply September 20, 2006
Started September 19, 2006 at 15:03
my partner had a right hemi-colectomy at southampton general at the end of august this year. He was discharged 5 days later and appeared to be making a good recovery although one of the wounds looked sticky. After a week this stickiness turned to pus and he went to a drop in centre which prescribed penicillin. Needless to say this did no good so he went back to his own doctor who took a swab which revealed - among other things - mrsa. The doctor did not seem unduly perturbed and seemed to think it 'par for the course' he now has 2 lots of antibiotics to take.

My questions are these

1 If it is in the wound is it likely to spread to his blood stream, if so what can we do to prevent it? (has anyone tried honey?)
2 IS it 'par for the course' these days?

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MRSA and impending operation
Posted by Eileen
Last Reply September 19, 2006 at 15:01
Started August 29, 2006 at 22:54
In August last year my husband had a cancer removed from his bowel and was given a temporary stoma. Several weeks after he left hospital he was still getting a discharge from the wound where his bowel was rejoined. So (September last year) he went to his GP who took a swab to test for infection. He was told everything was normal. Today (Tuesday)he has gone in for an operation for the reversal of the stoma. On admmision he was put in a side ward because he had tested positive for MRSA. This was as a result of the test done by the GP in September last year. To say we were shocked is an understatement. He has not been tested for MRSA today and the surgeon is going ahead with the operation tomorrow afternoon. Can anyone tell me if he should be tested for MRSA before the operation. Anyother advice would be welcome. We are situated on the Isle of Wight.

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Memorial Event
Posted by MRSA Action UK
Last Reply September 19, 2006 at 09:24
Started August 4, 2006 at 07:56
As you know we are a group actively supporting Victims and Campaigning for Safer Standards within our Healthcare System ~ we have all been affected by these dreadful infections inflicted needlessly upon either ourselves or our loved ones.

We are holding a special memorial event in September to pay tribute to all those Innocent Victims who have contracted Healthcare Associated Infections. We are mindful that Healthcare Associated Infections have no respect for age or gender and we wish to include all in this tribute. This is a Special tribute to those Special people who still hold a Special place in our hearts ~ every single Victim whether they be young, old, ‘survivors’ or sadly no longer with us ~ it is a chance to give them the tribute they so deserve and to show that no matter what they are not forgotten

If you would like to take part in this event or would like a flower laid on your behalf for your loved one then please contact for full details

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